LAHORE - Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif presiding over a meeting on Wednesday gave approval to setting up of vigilance committees at union council level throughout the province whereas vigilance committees will also be constituted at district level.

The vigilance committees will work at local level with regard to National Action Plan against terrorism and will discharge responsibilities with regard to ensuring ban on wall chalking, checking of misuse of load speakers, distribution and publication of literature based on religious hatred and objectionable material at local level.

Shahbaz Sharif directed that local personalities of good repute should be included in these committees.

Shahbaz Sharif also visited Elite Police Training School Badian Road for four hours in addition to presiding over meeting of Punjab Security Council and addressing officers at Civil Secretariat and offices of divisional commissioners through video link.  Steps regarding implementation of National Action Plan against Terrorism, security arrangements and overall law and order situation in the province were reviewed in detail in the Security Council meeting. The chief minister directed that all possible steps should be taken for effective implementation of NAP Against Terrorism.  He said that the process of effective monitoring of security plan evolved for public and private schools should be continued.

He directed that regular monitoring of security arrangements in colleges and universities should also be continued.  

The meeting decided to recruit ex-army men for security of A-category schools. The Chief Minister directed concerned officials that process of recruitment should be based on transparency and merit in accordance with the policy of Punjab government. He said that no compromise would be made on security arrangements of educational institutions. He said that all possible steps were being taken for the protection of life and property of people.

Shahbaz Sharif said that extraordinary steps had been taken in view of present extraordinary situation. He said that immediate and effective steps had been taken with regard to National Action Plan and necessary legislation would be made for making sentences more deterrent. He met corporals and appreciated the standard of their modern training.