Govt to change destiny of people in backward areas: CM Claims development process extended to far-flung and remote areas for first time

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Amraiz Khan

Reiterating PTI commitment to ensure composite development, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday declared that the incumbent government will change the destiny of people, especially those residing in remote and far-flung areas of Punjab province.

“I am staunch advocate of the rights of the most backward and far-flung areas and the development process has been extended to backward areas and cities. It is for the first time that the development process has been extended to such far-flung and remote areas, which has no precedent in the history of the province.

Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was talking a whole host of people who held meetings with him in Sakhi Sarwar and presented their applications to him. The CM issued on the spot directives to the administration for resolution of their problems. The CM also assured the people that every resources would be utilized to address public problems.

Usman Buzdar said that the composite development process will not stop here but will be accelerated to ensure composite development. “Regrettably, the past rulers gave preference to their like and dislike, instead of fulfilling the genuine needs, and resources were, intentionally, kept limited to some specific cities, he held.” He regretted that blunders were committed in the past while the incumbent PTI-led government has put an end to this erroneous tradition of using resources according to personal desires. A number of areas remained deprived of resources and poverty-stricken due to the impeded development spanning over many years, he regretted.

It is deplorable that past rulers paid no attention to far-flung areas’ development and credit goes to the PTI-led government that the resources have been turned towards deprived areas. The development projects will usher in an era of real change at the grassroots as the time has come to put an end to deprivations of the far-flung areas, he stressed. The CM assured that good days will come soon as the process of changing rules has been completed for the recruitment of locals. He said the local will be given preference for recruitment in health, education, police and other departments. Ongoing projects will be completed soon in Sakhi Sarwar and water will be made available in abundance for agriculture purposes and human use after the construction of a network of small and intermediate dams, he added. Similarly, handpumps will also be provided for water supply in far-flung areas of Pachad, he said.

While discussing the development vision, the CM added that educational and health institutions of backward areas were being upgraded. The government is committed to extending free treatment facility to every citizen of the province by December, he emphasised. The government is the custodian of resources and equitable utilization of funds has been ensured to secure composite development.

DG Khan’s commissioner, DC, DPO and others were also present. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar felicitated the cricket team over its success in Rawalpindi test match and series against South Africa.

In a message, the CM said the players have whitewashed the series by exhibiting a wonderful play of cricket. Muhammad Rizwan’s batting and Hassan Ali’s bowling played an important role in Pakistan’s success, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took notice of the murder of an 11-year-old child in Hanjarwal and sought a report from CCPO Lahore. He has directed to early arrest the perpetrators of the crime. The CM has also extended sympathies to the heirs adding that justice will be provided to them.