Pakistan Observer

Laptops distribution on merit: Shahbaz

Reviews Metro Bus Project progress

Salim Ahmed

Friday, January 04, 2013 - Lahore—Students of University of Engineering & Technology called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Model Town Thursday. Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Commissioner Lahore Division, Secretary Higher Education and Vice Chancellor Engineering University were also present on this occasion. During the meeting, discussion was held with regard to those students who could not get laptops due to semester system. It was decided that those girl and boy students would also be provided laptops on merit basis who were left without it due to semester system.

Talking to the delegation of the students, the Chief Minister said that distribution of laptops purely on the basis of merit is being ensured for brilliant students. He said that all brilliant students would be provided laptops and no deserving students would be deprived. He said laptops distribution is transparent and merit based, which is unprecedented in Pakistan.

He said Transparency International has also vouchsafed the transparency of this programme. The Chief Minister said that not a single laptop has been distributed on ‘safarish’ and nepotism, neither do anyone has a discretionary quota in this programme. He said the youth are the hope of the nation, and they are being provided laptops to impart them modern knowledge.

He said 249 girl and boy students of Engineering University who could not get laptops due to semester system would also be provided laptops on the basis of merit.

He directed Secretary Higher Education to prepare a list of those who were deprived of laptops, due to semester system, throughout Punjab within four days. Boy and girl students thanked the Chief Minister for his assurance to provide laptops to the students, who could not get it earlier due to semester system.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting to review the pace of progress of metro bus project. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Members National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Tariq Azeem, Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Members Assembly, Chairman Planning & Development, Managing Director Punjab Metro Bus Authority and other concerned officers were present.

Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the welfare-oriented metro bus project would start providing comfortable, affordable and safe travelling facilities to the people by the end of this month. He said this great public project is being completed in a short period of 11 months.

He said the cooperation of contractors and all concerned institutions in the execution of this project is laudable. He said free metro buses would be run for the people, during the first two weeks. He said the bus fare would be kept within the reach of the common man, while the people would be provided modern e-ticketing system for the metro buses. He said Punjab government has made a new history in the transport sector.

He said nine-kilometer long flyover is a splendid example of architecture. He said work on metro bus project is continuing round the clock with a missionary zeal. He directed that a website of metro bus project should also be launched for general awareness of the public. During the meeting, detailed briefing was given regarding the project and the meeting was informed that 20 metro buses have already reached Lahore while the rest would soon arrive.
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