LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has decided to pump more money into the development projects concerning roads, potable water, livestock, and education in next budget.

Besides taking into account the salient features of next budget, the cabinet meeting also reviewed pace of public welfare projects yesterday.

The CM told the meeting that the government is pursuing the policies to equally benefit urban and the rural areas. He said that ten percent extra quota has been fixed for welfare programmes in districts of southern Punjab which will benefit the people living in these areas.

The Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme and Saaf Pani Project will get funds of more than Rs200 billion during next two years. The project of clean drinking water would be executed on priority basis while billions of rupees would be spent on the development of backward areas in next financial year, the CM added.

The Chief Minister said that journey of development of the province and prosperity of the people would be continued with commitment during next financial year as well. He said that

Reiterating his commitment to raising the standard of life in rural areas of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif said the improvement in education, health and other social sectors are among the priorities of his government.

He also vowed to pay special attention to agriculture and livestock sectors that play an important role in stability of economy.

The CM issued instructions for timely completion of welfare projects so that people could benefit from the fruits of development in the real sense.

Provincial ministers Rana Sanaullah, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Finance and concerned authorities attended the meeting.

In a message on Yaum-e-Takbeer, CM Shahbaz said that Pakistan wrote a new history in 1998 by conducting nuclear tests despite all pressure. He said that the whole Pakistani nation was proud of this historic achievement.

Felicitating the nation, the chief minister said that the day reflects national aspirations and is the day of national solidarity when the Pakistani leadership decided to conduct nuclear tests and made the country’s defence impregnable.

“Even as Pakistan is facing the menace of terrorism and extremism, the nation is determined to eliminate this evil and political and military leadership is on one page in the war against terrorism,” Shehbaz said in his message.

He also paid tribute to Pak Army, police, law enforcement agencies and common citizens who rendered supreme sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

Shehbaz Sharif said that on Yaum-e-Takbeer, the nation should pledge that all out efforts will be made for upholding national sovereignty and solidarity and every sacrifices will be made for safeguarding the geographical and ideological frontiers of Pakistan.