LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the traffic police officers to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the Metro Bus Service (MBS) route.

Presiding over a meeting regarding traffic management on metro bus project and Kalma Chowk underpass on Thursday, Shahbaz directed the chief traffic officer (CTO) to ensure smooth flow of traffic during construction of metro bus project and extension of Kalma Chowk.

He insisted an awareness campaign should be launched to apprise the citizens of alternative traffic arrangements and directed installation of road safety flexes.

The chief minister said effective safety measures should be adopted around Kalma Chowk underpass, to ward off possibility of any untoward incident. He said traffic police officers should monitor the performance of traffic wardens though CCTV cameras on the Metro Bus routes.

The CM also announced providing free masks to motorcyclists and cyclists to save them from dust and pollution because of construction. He also directed Members Assembly to daily visit the routes, and guide the masses.

Also, the chief minister said after computerisation of the record, people will get rid of the land mafia and exploitation they faced in getting ‘Fard’ of their property.

Presiding over a meeting held in connection with computerisation of the Revenue Land Record here Thursday, the CM said computerisation of land record was being carried out expeditiously in 22 districts of the province and 26 service centres had been made operational while the process of data entry in other 12 districts would soon start.

Shahbaz said the Land Record Management Information System (LMRIS) was a public welfare and revolutionary programme of the Punjab government which was being speedily implemented.

He said the system would save the masses from the corruption of patwaris and tehsildars and give the people an easy access to information and documents regarding their land. The CM directed that qualified IT experts should be recruited on merit for this project.

It was informed to the CM about 900 villages had been made operational under this modern system while the number of service centres was also being increased.

Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Information, Lahore Division Commissioner, DCO, Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman, LRMIS Project Director, Lodhran DCO besides concerned officials were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said “Chief Minister’s Self-Employment Scheme” was a significant step towards making country as was envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. Presiding over a meeting regarding the Scheme, the chief minister said deserving persons were being provided interest-free loans, upto Rs 50,000. He said the target of providing interest-free loans to one and a half lakh families had been fixed, which would be achieved soon.

“Self-employment scheme is a revolutionary programme, which will bring about a positive change in the society,” the CM added. He directed to review the possibility of increasing the limit of interest-free loans, from Rs 50 thousand, upwards.  Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretaries of Finance, Industries, Agriculture, Social Welfare, Executive Director of “Akhuwat” Dr Amjad Saqib besides concerned officials were present.

The CM said incompetent federal rulers had established records of corruption, loot and plunder, besides throwing the country into darkness and despondency.