lahore – The federal and provincial ministers Monday joined hands to set priorities for the new Annual Development Programme (ADP) in a meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in his office here.
The meeting expounded suggestions to include Punjab-based mega development projects in the public sector development programme.
Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, Provincial Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht, P&D chairman and others attended the meeting while Federal P&D Minister Asad Umar, Federal Industries Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and NHA chairman participated through video-link. The meeting decided to prioritise the social sector development under the next ADP keeping in view the regional needs.
Federal Ministers Asad Umar, Hammad Azhar and Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar presented proposals for the next ADP and the participants agreed to further promote synergy between the Planning Commission and the Punjab government for better results.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that a separate development package will be devised for every district in consultation with the respective MNAs and MPAs.
A balanced package has been devised for PSDF by identifying local needs, he said. Usman Buzdar also apprised the meeting that projects worth billions of rupees were being started under public-private partnership to provide more facilities to the masses by expediting the composite economic development process.
CM announces 60 days remission for convicts
Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has approved a special remission of 60 days in sentences of convicts on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. This will facilitate hundreds of prisoners, incarcerated in various jails, to celebrate the happy Eid with their loved ones.
In this regard, the CM also asserted the government’s commitment to reform the archaic Jail Manual according to emerging needs to bring ease to the lives of inmates.
He said the Punjab government was committed to protect the fundamental rights of the detainees.
CM condemns Israeli forces’ attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque worshipers
Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has condemned attacks on historic Al-Aqsa Mosque worshipers and termed it as the worst violation of human rights and all humanitarian norms.
In a statement, the CM regretted the Israeli forces barged into the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramazan.
He urged upon the international community to take immediate notice of Israeli brutalities. He also prayed for the early recovery of the wounded Palestinians and stressed upon the global conscience to take immediate steps for the protection of the Palestinians.
CM directs strict compliance of corona SOPs
Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed the line departments to ensure strict compliance of anti-corona SOPs and made it clear that there is no room for any negligence in this regard.
In a statement, the CM said timely steps have been taken by the government for the protection of the life of the people and added that observance of precautions is an effective way to deal with this virus. The PTI government is standing with the people, at this difficult moment, and the citizens should remain confined to their homes to remain safe from this illness, he added.