PRIME Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif has said that Allah Almighty has given him another chance to serve the nation and his Government would carry forward this noble mission.
During a meeting with the retired and in-service civil servants in Lahore, the PM warned that he would not allow any negligence in service delivery.
We have been emphasizing in these columns since long that most of the problems of the people can be resolved by activating the existing mechanisms, energizing the governmental machinery and ensuring good governance, without the need for additional resources and this has amply been proved by the new Prime Minister.
Shehbaz Sharif assumed power only three weeks back but one can witness a visible change in bureaucratic culture as he takes undiluted interest to address the woes of the people.
It was the height of bad governance that people were forced to experience power load-shedding even during winter this year despite the fact that the country has excess generation capacity even after meeting peak demand in summer.
The performance of the Energy Ministry was pathetic under Hammad Azhar as over two dozen power plants were shut due to minor issues and credit goes to the incumbent Prime Minister for fulfilling his commitment of eliminating load-shedding from the beginning of May, a task which many observers thought would be difficult to accomplish given the magnitude of the problem.
Similarly, he made Peshawar Morr-Airport metro bus project operational merely in five days, which was not a priority with the PTI Government despite the fact that passengers were being fleeced by taxi mafia.
It is because of the prompt and timely decision of the Prime Minister to impose a ban on export of sugar that the prices of the commodity have fallen to Rs.70 a kilogram for the first time after 2019.
His decision to do away with two-day weekend is being resisted by vested interests but this reflects the commitment of Shehbaz to give practical shape to the motto of the Quaid “Work, work and work”.
He has also taken a number of measures to provide instant relief to different segments of the society.
A dominating feature of Shehbaz Sharif government is the declared policy of promoting national unity and solidarity, shunning past practices of witch-hunting of political rivals and this was highlighted when the PM personally telephoned key government personalities including President Arif Alvi, political leaders and religious figures to greet them on Eidul Fitr.
The entire political landscape of the country can change for the better if his goodwill gestures are reciprocated by other stakeholders.