Seeks role of ulema to motivate people wear facemasks, get vaccinated
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday asked religious scholars to motivate people to wear facemasks and get vaccinated against coronavirus.
“Protection of lives is duty of everyone and people should wear facemasks and maintain social distancing to save precious human lives.”
Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was talking to a delegation of Ulema and religious scholars led by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri.
Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat, Auqaf Minister Saeedul Hassan Shah and Pir Jalil Ahmad Sharaqpuri were among its members. Secretaries of Auqaf, Information departments and others were also present.
On the occasion, the chief minister impressed upon the Ulema to sensitise the people on importance of wearing facemasks as people can remain safe from coronavirus by observing necessary precautions.
Saving human lives is a noble cause and the Ulema should educate the people about the importance of vaccination and following anti-corona SOPs, he continued.
The five-time prayers and Namaz-e-Taraweeh should be held according to anti-corona SOPs in mosques, the CM stated adding that the health system is burdened due to the corona onslaught but implementation at the public level is not satisfactory.
The CM reiterated that honour and respect of Ulema will be fully ensured as the PTI government has always given preference to maintaining the best relations with Ulema.
The feasible suggestions and recommendations of the Ulema and religious scholars will be given a patient hearing, he ensured.
To a question, the CM added that edibles will be provided at subsidised rates in the holy month of Ramazan.
In his speech, Federal Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri stated that a committee of Ulema will be soon notified at the federal level while Auqaf Minister assured that the Punjab government will settle matters with the Ulema with mutual consideration.
We give preference to the solidarity of the country over our children, added Pir Syed Ameen-ul-Hasnaat.
Sahibzada Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi said the love for the country is without strings while Sahibzada Shamim Sabir Sabri said the seminaries are the centre of love and respect.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that in order to revitalize the government machinery, the provincial government will launch the ‘Khidmat Apki Dehleez Per’ program under which the government departments will accomplish specific tasks, in addition to their assigned duties, and service delivery mechanisms will be made further effective and useful.
He said the departments will be given tasks, according to public needs, and third-party feedback, as well as of the public sector institutions, will be collected. Public feedback will be directly collected about the targets assigned every week.
CM was chairing a meeting at his office on Monday which was attended by commissioners, RPOs, deputy commissioners and DPOs through video link.
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister emphasized that Punjab will be made an exemplary province with regard to public service because it is the main agenda of the democratic govt.
The people should not have to visit government offices for the solution of their problems and, rather, the govt machinery should go to their doorsteps to serve them, he added.
The rationale of this program is to assert the presence of the government at the grassroots and the deputy commissioners and other heads will have to achieve the targets of public service, CM directed.
Usman Buzdar emphasized that the government wants to restore public confidence and made it clear that strict disciplinary action will be initiated against officers and officials failing to deliver.
Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik briefed that government officials will be held accountable on the basis of their monthly reports and best performers will be rewarded while action will be taken on poor performance.