Govt commitment stronger than challenges: CM

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Addresses large gathering of PTI workers, parliamentarians, office-bearers

Staff Reporter

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday termed the workers and office-bearers as party assets to the party, warning that no injustice with workers will be tolerated.

“You are part of my team and I am proud of you. All your genuine issues will be resolved at every cost.”

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was talking with PTI parliamentarians from the provincial capital, provincial ministers, ticket holders, workers and office-bearers of minority, youth and women wings on Tuesday.

He listened to their problems and assured them of resolution to the issues on a priority basis. Senator Ejaz Ch also spoke on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the CM said that the PTI, in Lahore, not only challenged the party occupying power for 30 long years, but also proved its political wisdom by winning different seats.

The PTI has broken this status-quo and worked day and night to wriggle Punjab out of the quagmire of crises, he said and added that he has conducted more than 180 field visits while ensuring record legislation.

The CM said that decisions have been made with consultation as the government believes in good governance and transparency.

“Neither I have asked anybody to do some illegal task nor allowed anyone to do so,” he declared and said that he has worked with diligence and there is no corruption scandal of the Punjab government in the past three year. “The commitment of the government is stronger than the challenges.

The CM said billions of rupees have been allocated to solve the problems of Lahore city as full attention was paid to improve the quality of life of the people. During the third year of the previous government, Rs. 67 billion were given to Lahore for different projects, excluding the budget of the orange line metro train, whereas different projects valuing Rs. 85 billion have been chalked out for Lahore in the third year of the PTI-led government in Punjab, he stated. We have established 21 universities as compared with seven universities in past tenure besides issuing NOCs for 20 cement factories.

The CM disclosed that the draft of the new local bodies system would be finalised soon and local bodies elections will be held in Punjab next year. The local governments will be fully empowered, he added.

Meanwhile, Kisan Card and Mazdoor Card were launched during the last three years and every citizen would be provided a Sehat Insaf Health Card by December this year in Punjab. I have started meeting PTI ticket holders, workers and office-bearers and this will continue, he announced.

While talking about the development strategy of the Punjab government, the CM said that 606-meter long flyover is being constructed at Shahkam Chowk and 6km long Defence Road from Labour Colony to Shahkam Chowk will be dualized.

Lal Shehbaz Qalandar Underpass and pedestrians’ bridge in front of Jinnah Hospital have been completed and South Asia’s largest Miyazaki forest is being developed in Lahore.

Such urban forests will be developed at a number of points in Lahore to resolve air pollution, he said. Lahore’s master plan-2050 was being devised in consultation with stakeholders and the cleanliness system was also being improved in the provincial capital, the CM added.

As compared to the previous government, the incumbent government has made a saving of Rs800 per ton in the new cleanliness system.

A Turbo roundabout will be constructed at Shahdara Chowk to provide separate passages for heavy and routine traffic. Work was also in progress at Gulab Devi Underpass and Sheranwala Gate Flyover, he added.

While parking plazas were to be built at Sheranwala Gate, Masti Gate and Aik Moria Pull, the CM said and added that 35,000 apartments will be built under LDA City Naya Pakistan Apartments Project. Construction of 4,000 apartments has been in progress in the first phase while central business district and Ravi River Urban Development projects will prove game-changer initiatives, he added.

Provincial ministers – Asad Khokhar, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, SACM Hasaan Khawar and others were also present.
Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar said teachers play an important role in the lives of their students by moulding budding personalities to grow as useful citizens.

In his message, the CM said teachers are the intellectual guardians of society and they enjoy the high status of spiritual fathers of their students. It goes without saying that students can achieve the pinnacles of glory due to the hard work and guidance of their teachers.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar chaired a meeting to deliberate over the proposed local government system draft. Provincial Ministers Raja Basharat, Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed, advocate general, secretaries of law and local government departments, SMU head and other officers concerned attended the meeting.

The participants were briefed about the new local government system and the powers of local government representatives. 15 municipal corporations, 133 municipal committees, 35 district councils and 64 town committees are proposed in the new local government system.
The CM directed for early finalizing the draft.

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