Hamza seeks plan for providing interest-free, soft loans to small farmers


Hina Khar, dissident MPA Jaleel Sharaqpuri call on CM

Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting at his office on Monday which was attended by Provincial Minister Sardar Awais Leghari, Bilal Yasin MPA, political assistants, administrative secretaries, commissioner Lahore and others. The supply and demand of vegetables were reviewed and the participants also deliberated on reducing the exploitative role of middlemen.

The CM sought a comprehensive plan for providing interest-free, soft loans to small farmers on the pattern of Akhuwat and directed to consult the Bank of Punjab as well. It was decided to immediately transpose auction supervisory staff and reconstitute market committees across Punjab.

The CM directed to induct the best human resources in market committees for desired results and inquired the agriculture secretary about the performance of agri research institutes as enhancing the agri productivity without research would be a distant dream. A comprehensive report be submitted about the work done by the agri research institutes in recent years; he said and suggested seeking the private sector experts too.

A crop-insurance plan should also be devised; he stated and directed to take timely steps for import to overcome the shortage of onions and tomatoes in the coming days. The standard of facilities in markets would be improved. The work should be done on an emergent basis for providing essential items at cheap rates to the people; he added and sought a report about cleanliness arrangements and other facilities in markets across the province adding that videos and pictures be sent to his office till night.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) deviant Member Punjab Assembly (MPA) Jaleel Sharaqpuri called on the Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Hamza Shahbaz on Monday and expressed full confidence in his leadership.

It is pertinent to mention that after a long period of time the PML-N member provincial assembly from Sheikhupura met with the PML-N leadership.Two Members National Assembly (MNAs) from Sheikhupura namely Javed Latif and Rana Tanveer had played a vital part in mending ties

with Jaleel Sharaqpuri.

The federal ministers shared the message by the PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif with him.

Jaleel Sharaqpuri said that he went to meet the Punjab CM as Hamza Shehbaz has wished to see him. Javed Latif and Rana Tanveer contacted him and conveyed Nawaz Sharif’s message. He added that even before he belonged to PML-N and he still does. PML-N is my party and I stand with them, while the good relations of trust with the former Prime Minister Imran Khan still withstand, he said.

The PLM-N MPA further said that he even holds respectful terms with the Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. “I disagreed with the no-confidence motion against Usman Buzdar, the consequences of it is before everyone”, said Jaleel Sharaqpuri.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar called on Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz on Monday. Both the dignities discussed the progress on getting Pakistan out of the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Punjab CM Hamza Shahbaz appreciated the efforts of State Minister Hina Rab-bani Khar and the entire team on the positive pro-gress on the matter of FATF. During a meeting, the Punjab CM said that the positive development of FATF from the grey list to the white list is a victory for the country.

Hamza Shahbaz said he hopes Pakistan will return to the white list after the FATF team’s tour to Paki-stan in October. Member National Assembly Raza Rabbani Khar, Provincial Minister Syed Ali Haider Gilani, Sardar Awais Leghari, and Member Punjab Assembly Makhdoom Syed Usman Mahmood were also present at the meeting.