LAHORE – While directing the concerned authorities to further accelerate the pace of work in Aashiyana housing schemes, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday set up a committee headed by Justice (retd) Aamir Raza to monitor the process of auctioning of commercial plots in these schemes.

The CM said that the Aashiyana Housing Schemes had been launched for low-income families who will get better facilities than residential colonies of ministers and officers in that schemes. The neglected segments of the society also have full right on government resources, he said adding, besides Lahore, work had also been started on Aashiyana project in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Chiniot, Kasur and Bahawalpur.

He was presiding over a held to review the progress on Aashiyana Housing Project. Senator Ishaq Dar, Vice Chairman Punjab Land Development Company Sheikh Allaud Din, MPA Mian Naseer, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Finance, Commissioner Lahore Division, Member Board of Revenue, District Coordination Officer Lahore, Chief Executive Officer PLDC and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

The CM said that the houses in Aashiyna were being allotted to the deserving persons on merit through transparent computerised balloting and a committee headed by Justice (R) Aamir Raza had been constituted for this purpose. He said that provision of houses to very low income persons on low price and soft terms was his mission.

Shahbaz said that facilities of Rescue-1122, fire-brigade, sports complex, schools, hospital and jogging track were also being provided in Aashiyana housing schemes. He said that such persons could submit applications for allotment of houses in Aashiyana housing schemes whose monthly income was less than Rs.30,000.  Chief Executive Officer Punjab Land Development Company informed about the progress on Aashiyana Housing Project. IT development: The CM while talking to Chief Technical Officer of world-renowned IT Company Teradata Corporation, Stephen Brobst CM Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that the development in the IT sector was the need of the hour and Punjab government had launched revolutionary programmes for the promotion of information technology.  He said that promotion of IT education was his mission and he wants to make Punjab a “Silicon Valley”.

Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board Dr. Umar Saif and other IT experts were also present.

Stephen Brobst said that his company will increase its cooperation with the Punjab government in IT sector.  He said that a centre of Teradata was successfully working in the Arfa Karim Software Technology Park