Cabinet vows stringent steps to protect masses



Buzdar assures parliamentarians of resolution to constituencies-related problems

Amraiz Khan

The 43rd cabinet meeting, held here under the chair of the Chief minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office, was briefed about the prevailing corona situation, Ramadan package and wheat procurement drive.

The cabinet expressed its concern over the rising number of corona cases and death rate and showed its reservations over the non-implementation of SOPs by the citizens.

It decided to further tighten restrictions in cities with a more positive ratio to save lives of the citizens.

The provincial ministers presented a consensus proposal to enforce complete lockdown before Eid in Lahore and other cities with a more corona ratio.

The special cabinet committee will finalize the recommendations after reviewing the proposal of complete lockdown to submit the same to NCOC.

It was decided to increase the number of oxygen beds and ventilators on an emergent basis along with the adoption of beds to maintain the supply of oxygen.

The proposal of discontinuing the supply of oxygen to industries using the oxygen was also brought under consideration.

The meeting decided to increase the number of vaccination centres while the federal government will also be approached for the import of oxygen.

The meeting was briefed that 26338 were tested while 2674 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours.

The positive cases’ ratio is more than 8 per cent in 23 districts and the number of patients has been tremendously increased in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and Gujranwala.

The cabinet expressed satisfaction with the wheat procurement drive and it was told that 69 percent of the wheat crop has been cut and around 1.8 million metric ton wheat has been procured by the Punjab government.

Sufficient wheat stock is available and action will be continued against illegal hoarding of wheat. It was also decided to take administrative steps to stabilize the flour price.

The meeting was briefed that more than 300 Ramazan bazaars have been established in the province where a 10kg flour bag is available at Rs375 and sugar is sold at Rs65 per kg.

Meanwhile, Provincial Ministers including Muhammad Sibtain Khan, Sardar Hasnain Bahadur Dareshak, Taimur Khan Bhatti, Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Dost Muhammad Mazari, State Minister Muhammad Shabbir Ali Qureshi, MNAs – Muhammad Sanaullah Khan Mastikhel, Sadaqat Ali Khan, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana and Muhammad Amir Talal Gopang.

MPAs – Sardar Farooq Amanullah Dareshak, Ashraf Khan Rind, Gulraiz Afzal Gondal, Musarat Jamshed Cheema and Jamshed Iqbal Cheema called on CM Usman Buzdar and apprised him of their constituencies’ related problems.

The CM assured that development work will be done according to the priorities of the parliamentarians in their constituencies, adding that the people will be best served by the government, as a team, because public service is the main agenda of the PTI.