LAHORE - Punjab Minister for Excise and Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that promotion of quality education and grooming the children both in curriculum and extra curriculum activity fall in the highest priorities of the government.

Addressing a ceremony held to distribute prize and certificates among the winners of Chief Minister Qirat and Naatkhwani competition here yesterday, the minister said that without healthy extra curriculum activity students cannot produce full potential of the learning as such both are part and parcel for the up-brining of an ideal generation.

He said the chief minister attaches high value to the youth of the province which are 60 per cent of the total population of the province. The youth are true asset and making them leaders of the future is the primary goal of the government policies, he added.

The minister said that when the government is successfully coping with the problems of terrorism and energy shortage at the same time it was alive to the need of taking maximum benefit of the talents of the youth for which it has initiated a number of projects. Billions of rupees have been spent on the empowerment and talents tapping schemes of the youth and their education while no restriction is placed on spending more on the young generation, he added.

Mujtaba said Qirat and Naat competition which were held across Punjab, is a part of the government programme to encourage the students only showing interest in this noble and sublime subject but also involve them in extra academic activity.

The minister said the competition was started in 2009 but due to law and order situation it was stopped for some time. He said on the desire of Chief Minister these contests would be held twice in a year.

Mujtaba along with Punjab Minister for Social Welfare Begum Zakya Shahnawaz Khan gave prizes and certificates to the winners who had come from across Punjab.