LAHORE - The Literacy Department will set up 1500 centres for informal education in the most backward districts of the province where, besides provision of basic education to boys and adults, training in sewing and embroidery will also be imparted to women for which Rs 93 million have been approved.

The government has also decided to ensure provision of all necessary funds to the Literacy Department to enable it achieve the target of 100 per cent literacy in the province.

Presiding over a meeting of Provincial Austerity and Simplicity Committee Provincial Finance Minister Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that government has already provided record funds for the provision of quality health and education facilities for achieving millennium development goals and permission will be granted to the concerned departments for the utilization of such funds immediately.

The committee granted approval to the purchase of computers for Law, Health, PITB, Excise & Taxation and other departments and transport for police and DCOs. Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman further said that approval is sought from the committee for comparatively unnecessary and non developmental expenditures so that opinion of the experts is sought for costly items regarding their importance and necessity to minimize the government expenditures.