20,000 schools to be converted on solar power: Shahbaz

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Staff Reporter

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presiding over a meeting here on Wednesday to review progress on Khadam-e-Punjab Ujala Programme expressed an aim at converting schools on solar power. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said mega programme had been made to convert 20,000 schools of the province on solar power and that was the first programme of its kind in Pakistan. He said under the programme, more 15,000 schools of South Punjab would be provided solar power through panels. Shahbaz Sharif said this was the splendid programme with regard to provision of facilities for equipping children with education and it would have to be forwarded at fast speed.
He said all out resources would be provided to educate the youth.
The chief mMinister was informed during briefing that work of survey of schools for implementing this programme had been completed.
Punjab Schools Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed, Provincial Minister Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Adviser Dr Umer Saif, Chief Secretary, Chairman P&D and concerning officials were also present. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Saaf Pani Programme was a vital project and there was no room for mistake and delay in its implementation.
He said the programme would be implemented in the first phase in 37 tehils of South Punjab and it should be implemented with speed and top quality.
He stated this while presiding over a high level meeting held to review progress on various aspects of the Saaf Pani Program.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said potable water was essential part of their lives and due to inefficiency and non-professional attitude of some of officers this programme had already been delayed. He said the people of South Punjab would be provided potable water in the first phase.
He said a steering committee had been formed to review progress on the programme and the board of the Saaf Pani Company Punjab was also independent therefore speedy measures should be taken for its implementation.
Provincial Minister Syed Haroon Ahmed Sultan Bukhari, Chief Secretary, Chairman P&D, Chairman Saaf Pani Company South Ch. Arif Saeed, Secretary Housing, CEO Saaf Pani Company and officials concerned were present in the meeting.