Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) South Punjab, Capt (retd) Saqib Zafar has said that the Punjab government has allocated a separate budget of Rs189 billion for development projects in South Punjab in the recent budget which is 35% of the total development budget of the province.
He said that the chief minister has given the gift of special budget for the development of the region which cannot be shifted in any case and all the budget would be spent only in South Punjab.
Addressing a high level meeting held at Bahawalpur Secretariat here, the ACS South Punjab said that the budget allocated for South Punjab includes 2,491 development schemes which will be completed in the current financial year in any case.
The meeting was attended by secretaries of South Punjab and heads of various departments.
The meeting reviewed in detail the development schemes after the recent budget. Additional Secretary Coordination South Punjab Rizwan Qadeer was also present on the occasion.
Saqib Zafar informed that after the budget, the South Punjab Secretariat has got full financial powers. Now the journey of development will be taken further so that the people of this region can be given real relief, he added.