Govt strengthening Institutions through reforms: SACM



Amraiz Khan

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday said that the Punjab government is committed to bringing in institutional reforms so that the institutions become stronger because only powerful institutions can achieve excellence in quality public service delivery.

She said this while talking to the media at Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) on Thursday.

RDA Chairman Tariq Murtaza, Vice Chairman Haroon Hashmi and DG RDA Nadeem Ahmed Abro were also present on the occassion.

Dr Firdous said that under the leadership of PTI, RDA has been taken out of the deficit and the institution also exposed corruption of previous governments and saved Rs1 billion in two years through government efforts.

She said that now RDA is moving towards the establishment of housing societies for citizens.

Dr Firdous said that 62 housing societies are approved, 60 are in the process of sorting and 264 housing societies declared illegal by RDA.

She said that RDA has registered 112 FIRs against illegal housing societies, issued 307 legal notices to illegal housing societies and sealed 135 offices of illegal societies.

She said that most of the victims of fake societies are overseas Pakistanis who have been given the message how to avoid fraud and for this purpose RDA has provided data of legal and approved housing societies on its website.

The Special Assistant said that PEMRA was informed about the details of illegal housing societies so that such societies could not advertise themselves.

She said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has empowered the institutions and RDA has approved 1300 maps in a year.

She said that for the first time in the history of the country, two level underpasses are being constructed at Ammar Chowk, Kachehri Chowk and Defense Chowk. Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that RDA is using modern technology along with reforms.

Talking on political issues, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that action was being taken against corrupt officials. She said that the tragic incident in Lahore should not be linked to any speculation.

She said that the Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has announced Rs 100,000 for people with minor injuries, Rs 500,000 for serious injuries and Rs 1 million for those who died in the Lahore tragedy.

Dr Firdous said that crackdown has been carried out on illegal stone crushing in Hasanabdal which was causing environmental problems.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that a section of 38km Ring Road has been approved up to Thulian.

It will be ensured that work on this important project in Rawalpindi may start as soon as possible.


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