Construction sector Aslam assures revival


Provincial Industries & Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal has commended that Prime Minister Imran Khan has awarded a historical package for the construction sector.
He was chairing a joint meeting of stakeholders linked with construction sector at Civil Secretariat in which matters pertaining to implementation on rules and regulations by the relevant departments on development projects came under discussion. The representatives of construction sector apprised the minister about the material, fixing labour rate according to the market, performance guarantee, funding of projects, payment to consultants, price variation, payment of crush rate and other problems.
The representatives of construction sector while talking with Aslam Iqbal remarked that he is common voice of industrialists, traders and business community and further lauded that they are hopeful to get their due problems resolved after meeting him.
The minister disclosed that employment opportunities for lacs of people will be created with the enhancement of investment in the construction sector. He highlighted that 40 small industries will also be promoted linked with construction sector. Aslam Iqbal assured that the problem of construction sector will be resolved on priority basis. He maintained that the matters relating to constructor association will be settled with due consultation of the concerned departments.
The minister inquired from the chief engineer if the consultants are hired for the construction projects then what is the utility of engineers of the concerned departments. He outlined that Punjab government has done record development works in the last two years. He resolved that the construction sector projects will be swiftly completed. The delegation of construction association comprised Akbar Sheikh of Zameen Developers, Habib Kanwal of Uni Builders and others. Additional Secretary (I&T), Chairman Punjab Revenue Authority and officers of concerned departments attended the meeting.
Aslam Iqbal met with a delegation headed by PTI All Pakistan Traders Wing at Civil Secretariat in which matter pertaining to imposing smart lockdown came under discussion. The minister while talking with the delegation members stated that imposition of smart lockdown is a unanimous decision taken by NCOC.
He maintained that decision to impose smart lockdown on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha is made under compulsion. He remarked that the real motive beyond this decision is to curb the spread of Covid pandemic. He underscored that if the traders earn then the government also receive revenue in return. The minister appealed to the traders and masses to lend their due cooperation to curtail coronavirus. He assured that the police will not misbehaved with the traders with regard to implementation of smart lockdown policy. He disclosed that the concerned Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner will deal with the traders regarding implementation of smart lockdown policy in future. The minister highlighted that directions in this regard have been issued to all the concerned departments.

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