MoU to solarize jails in Punjab signed


CM takes notice of beds’ shortage in DHQ hospital Narowal

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the prisons department, Punjab Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency and Telephone Industries of Pakistan here on Wednesday to solarize the prisons under the energy service company model. A 35-megawatt solar power plant would be installed for this purpose.

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired the ceremony. The MoU was signed by IG Prisons Mirza Shahid Saleem Baig, CEO Telephone Industries of Pakistan Syed Amir Javed and MD Punjab Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency Abdul Rehman.

Speaking on this occasion, the chief minister said the solarization would ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity in jails. This would help in significant savings in electricity bills while ensuring prisons’ security, he noted. Meanwhile, the solarization of universities has been started while the solarization of other educational institutions was also in progress as the remotely situated schools and BHUs in south Punjab were being shifted to solar energy, he mentioned.

Provincial Minister for Energy Dr Akhtar Malik, chairman P&D, Principal Secretary to the CM, irrigation secretary and others were also present.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has sought a report from the health secretary about the shortage of beds in DHQ Hospital Narowal. The provision of beds to the patients should be ensured on a priority basis and they should not face any difficulty in their treatment, he stressed.


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