PILDAT survey highlights positive trends

IN a survey, conducted by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) on the quality of governance and democracy during the third year of present Federal and Provincial Governments (June 2015-May 2016), Punjab has been ranked as highest in quality of governance. The province got 67% approval rating followed by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at 38%; Balochistan at 26% while Sindh is rated the lowest nationwide with 25% approval rating.
Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been working hard with a vision to bring about a real transformation in the lives of the people and overall socio-economic landscape of the province. The most striking aspect of the findings of the public opinion polls is the wide gap between the approval rating of Punjab, which stands at 67% and the runner up Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at just 38%. This shows the difference in governance as Shehbaz Sharif has been focusing on development and redressal of grievances of general public. The highly favourable perception of the Punjab Government is not without reason because apart from a number of development projects that accelerated pace of socio-economic progress in the province, the Chief Minister is taking pains to ensure transparency and merit. The Chief Minister initiated revolutionary projects like computerisation of land record, computerisation of licenses and now he has taken another big measure as part of his programme to eliminate corruption and facilitate people — registration of vehicles through approved dealers. Timely completion of the projects and within their stipulated budget is another hallmark of the Punjab Government, which ensures savings and trickling down of benefits of development to the masses. It is because of this solid performance that people of the province voted for PML-N candidates during recently conducted bye-elections and rejected those who believed only in lip-service. We hope other provinces would follow the footsteps of Shehbaz Sharif in serving the people with a difference.

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