LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has ordered that under the Annual Development Programme (ADP), development and welfare schemes should be completed within the stipulated time frame.
The Chief Minister said that transparency and timely completion of the development projects was of utmost importance since they had been launched for the welfare and betterment of the masses. “The government is the custodian of peoples’ hard-earned money. Therefore, embezzlement and irregularities in these projects will not be tolerated”, he said, adding that the government will encourage those government personnel who will deliver and punish the ones who failed to perform their official duties. Usman Buzdar warned that he will not tolerate corruption, laxity and negligence and the government’s policy of zero tolerance against corruption will continue.
The Chief Minister further directed to ensure timely utilisation of funds released for development projects and said that those departments will be questioned which will fail in timely utilisation of development funds.
Stressing the need of an effective monitoring system for the timely utilisation of development funds, Usman Buzdar directed the officers to go out in fields and personally monitor the progress of development schemes. He asked them to focus on the standard and quality of these development schemes. Usman Buzdar while instructing to speed up the work on development projects said that the time of lip service has passed.
The incumbent government, during his two and a half years tenure, has rectified the mistakes of previous governments. The rulers of previous regimes utilised the funds of Southern Punjab for the development and progress of other areas.
The PTI government has launched real development projects instead of pomp and show and starting projects of self-projection. He said that former rulers intentionally kept the people of Southern Punjab backward and below the poverty line.
“They befooled and hoodwinked the people of Southern Punjab in the name of development. The PTI government has returned the right of development and progress to the people of Southern Punjab and setting up of Southern Punjab Secretariat is an open proof of this fact. From now on, the annual development programme of Southern Punjab will be prepared separately.
The budget of Southern Punjab will be ring- fenced. The funds released for Southern Punjab will be utilised only for the development and prosperity of people of the area.
These projects will provide relief to the people of the province and accelerate the process of economic development”, he said.
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