Aslam reviews industries department’s performance


Provincial Minister for Industries and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal Tuesday chaired a meeting to review the performance of the Department of Industries and Commerce and its affiliated wings.

Addressing a meeting held here at the Punjab Board of Investment and Traders (PBIT), the provincial minister said that the Department of Industry and Commerce and its wings should work hard to achieve the set targets on time.

He made it clear that there was no place in the department for those who were lazy and careless in achieving the targets.

He said that an online system should be set up for promotion of handicrafts and Punjab Small Industries Corporation should speed up the work on its ongoing schemes.

Mian Aslam Iqbal said that besides imparting skills to students, providing employment is also important.

Therefore, sector skill councils should also be responsible for the job placement of skilled force.

The provincial minister said that a data bank would be set up using modern technology in the Industry Department to analyse value chains of essential commodities.

The Act of the University of Technology Rawalpindi has been prepared for cabinet approval, he added.

The provincial minister ordered for preparing a feasibility report for the establishment of a technical university in Rawalpindi as soon as possible and said that the Punjab Board of Investment should ensure the provision of best possible facilities to the industrialists and investors.

Officers from TEVTA, Punjab Small Industries Corporation, Punjab Skills Development Authority and other wings of the Industries Department gave briefings.

The meeting was informed that 55,000 students have been trained under the Hunermand Naujawan Programme.

Secretary Industry and Commerce Wasif Khurshid, Chairman TEVTA Ali Salman Siddique, CEO Punjab Board of Investment Dr Arfa Iqbal, Head Special Monitoring Unit Fazil Asif and officers of Industry and Commerce Department attended the meeting.—APP

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