RAWALPINDI - Punjab Chief Secretary, Nasir Mehmood Khosa, has urged the nation building departments to speed up development work in the division.

“The utilisation of funds allocated for ongoing developmental schemes in Rawalpindi during the current fiscal year should be ensured by the 15th of June,” he added. Khosa asked the high-ups of District Health Department to ensure availability of anti-dengue spray medicines in its stores at least for next three months to make larvicidal campaign a success.

Nasir issued these directions at a high-level meeting held on Saturday in Commissioner Office to review the progress of ongoing development schemes and recovery of revenues in the four districts of Rawalpindi.

The Chief Secretary was informed that about 63 per cent of the allocated funds have been spent on the ongoing developmental schemes in the division under different packages of the government.

Nasir Khosa, addressing the meeting, said that targets for completion of development work would be achieved. He said that it should also be ensured that number of students shifted from non formal literacy schools to main stream schools really attend the schools.

“The health department should ensure availability of anti-dengue spray medicine in its stores at least for next three months and larvicidal campaign must be implemented effectively in all areas of respective districts of Rawalpindi division especially those areas where from dengue suspects were identified last year” he added.

The Chief Secretary underlined the need for preparedness of the concerned departments well before the season in which the dangers of spreading dengue fever is more likely.

He expressed his over all satisfaction on the targets achieved by all the districts of Rawalpindi division in collection of land revenue, Abiana, government arrears and other recoveries.

Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner Imdad Ullah Bosal informed the meeting about recoveries of land revenue and other government dues saying “More than Rs505 million has been recovered in head of mutation fee, Rs1601 million in head of government dues and about  Rs1.4 million in water rates (Abiana)”.

Moreover, Rs 203 million were recovered as registration fee, Rs 485 million in stamp duty and Rs133.4 million in capital value tax in the division, Imdad added.

The meeting was informed that in Rawalpindi division 3420 kanals and 16 marlas of land was retrieved from the illegal occupants in all districts of Rawalpindi division out of 3590 kanals having value of more than Rs 1278 million.

He disclosed that PC-I of widening of Mareer Chowk has been prepared and sent to the government, while the work on phase I of the Chur Chowk widening project has been started which would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs475 million.

The work on widening of Pirvadhai More would be started in phase II which would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs1650 million.

The meeting was also informed that total 12 centers has been established in all districts of Rawalpindi division for the procurement of wheat and as per target  5000 matric tones wheat would be purchased from all the four districts of Rawalpindi division.

DCO Rawalpindi Saqib Zafar and DCOs of Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal also briefed the meeting about the progress in different sectors including development, education and revenue collection.

The meeting was attended by Member Board of Revenue (Judicial) Chaudhry Khalid Mehmood, Chief Economist Planning and Development Department Arif Anwar Baloch, Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Imdad Ullah Bosal, Project Director PMIU, DCOs of Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal, Additional Commissioners of Revenue, Coordination and Consolidation Chaudhry Habib Ullah, Abdul Rasheed Razi, DG RDA Chaudhry Naseer Ahmed, SEs of Provincial Buildings, PHED and Highways, Director Health Services Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal, Representative officers of other concerned nation building departments.