LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the PML-N government will honour its promises made with the people at every cost.

Addressing a public meeting and talking to media after inaugurating wheat harvesting campaign at Burj Ilyas in tehsil Depalpur of Okara district on Saturday, he said all resources will be utilised for improving the living standard of common man, farmer, labourer, widow, orphan and deprived segments. He said every penny will be spent on the welfare of common man in a transparent manner. The chief minister said that every effort is being made to overcome energy crisis. Shahbaz said he himself and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not rest content till elimination of darkness from the motherland.

Shahbaz said time is not far off when tube-wells will operate 24 hours, wheel of industry will keep on moving and cheap electricity will be provided to the farmers. He said there is bumper wheat crop this year and Punjab government will purchase 40 lakh metric tons wheat from the farmers. He said foolproof arrangements have been made at wheat procurement centers for ensuring due return to the farmers of their produce. He congratulated the farmers on working day and night for putting the agri economy of the country on the road to progress and said that Allah Almighty has rewarded them on their hard work.  He expressed the hope that not only wheat will be in abundance in the country but huge foreign exchange will also be earned through its export. Shahbaz said the difference between PPP and PML-N government is that current regime takes practical steps whereas PPP looted the national resources ruthlessly during its previous tenure.

He said PML-N government has started 11 energy projects in a short period of only 11 months and after completion of these projects, the darkness will be eliminated from the country forever. 

The chief minister said that energy projects will be completed every year which will result in overcoming energy crisis. He said the time is not far off when there will be light and no darkness in the country.  “We are aware of the fact that diesel is expensive and our farmers cannot afford to run their tube-wells by purchasing diesel on higher rates,” he said and added, “We will provide electricity to the farmers at cheaper rates”.  Shahbaz directed Revenue Department to identify the land for setting up Agriculture University in Depalpur. He said the agriculture university will bring an educational revolution in the area.  He announced a grant of Rs one million for Press Club Depalpur, setting up trauma centre in Depalpur Hospital, establishing Girls Degree College on four acre land and starting classes in a year in Depalpur. He said approval has already been given to the establishment of industrial estate in Depalpur.

Shahbaz visited shrine of renowned Sufi saint Hazrat Daud Bandagi Kirmani at Shergarh, laid floral wreath and offered dua. Addressing the notables of the area present there, he announced to set up office of Rescue-1122 at Renala Khurd and water supply and sewerage system at Shergarh. Shahbaz also went to the residence of former Provincial Minister Syed Raza Ali Shah Gilani MPA at Hujra Shah Muqeem and met Sajjada Nasheen Pir Syed Ijaz Ali Shah Gilani and former provincial minister Syed Afzal Ali Shah Gilani.

Meanwhile, the chief minister has granted approval to make Aziz Chowk signal-free in Gujranwala which will cost five billion rupees and will be completed within five months.

Shahbaz presided over a high-level meeting which reviewed the project of making Aziz Chowk Gujranwala as signal-free in detail.

The chief minister said that after the completion of Aziz Chowk Gujranwala signal-free project, the flow of traffic will improve and fuel and the precious time of the citizens will be saved. He said like other projects of infrastructure, Gujranala Aziz Chowk flyover will also be an example of speed, quality and transparency.