Buzdar for timely utilisation of released funds Firdous Ashiq Awan calls on CM Punjab

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Amraiz Khan

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Pakistan on Information & Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan called on Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at Chief Minter’s Office here on Tuesday. Matters relating to mutual interest, measures taken for providing relief to the masses, and various welfare projects were discussed during the meeting. The Chief Minister and Special Assistant to PM strongly condemned the Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir and expressed complete solidarity with Kashmiris.
Sardar Usman Buzdar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has fought the Kashmir case as Ambassador of Kashmir at every forum in an effective manner. Modi government has crossed all limits of violating human rights in Occupied Kashmir. International community will have to take practical measures for stopping the Indian barbarity in Occupied Kashmir. The world will have to play its due role by considering the Kashmir as a human issue rather than a piece of land.
He said that accountability of corrupt elements without any discrimination guarantees progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Former practices of misuse of national resources have been ended. He said that government is the custodian of national exchequer and the same is being spent on the people welfare. Government will continue its journey of people’s wellbeing.
Government is working round the clock for bringing uplift to the living standard of people. Change has been set in and government is working round the clock for brining improvement in every sector of life. Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that effective legislation for removing the hurdles in the way of providing relief to the masses is a self-evident proof of the Punjab government’s performance.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed displeasure over some departments for not timely utilizing the released funds. He was addressing a meeting held to review in detail progress made during past three months on Annual Development Programme and foreign funded projects. Usman Buzdar directed to ensure the timely utilization of funds within the stipulated time-frame. He further directed that work should be started on development schemes till 15th of October after getting approval. He said that sluggishness in getting approval of development schemes is intolerable. He said that increasing the capacity of department is utmost necessary.
He said that there is no reason for delay in development projects. He said that pace on work of foreign funded projects should be accelerated besides ensuring their timely completion. Issued should be resolved at the earliest and subsequently move ahead. He said that he is not satisfied over the performance of some government departments.
He said that pending affairs should be resolved as early as possible. Chief Minister while calling the meeting after 7 days said that he will review the progress on Annual Development Programme and foreign funded projects on weekly basis. Matters will not be carried out in such a manner.
Departments will have to ensure timely completion of welfare projects. Chief Minister was informed that Finance Department has so far released 98 billion rupees under the head of Annual Development Programme.
Secretary P&D briefed the meeting regarding progress on ADP and foreign funded projects. Provincial Minister Finance Hashim Jawan Bakht, Advisor Dr. Salman Shah, Chief Secretary and secretaries of departments were participated the meeting.

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