Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday chaired the 39th cabinet meeting, which approved extension in lease of state land in Cholistan and Rahim Yar Khan on previous rates to the UAE President.
The CM expressed his hope that this initiative will further strengthen ties between both the countries. The meeting gave principle approval to Rs5 billion loan to the Ravi Urban Development Authority for acquiring the land. Moreover, the meeting also approved for providing state land for the master plan of Ravi RiverFront Urban Development Project (RRFUDP). Authority will present its business plan and financial model for this purpose.
Vice Chairman LDA Sheikh Muhammad Imran and Chairman of the Authority Rashid Aziz briefed the cabinet about RaviRiver Front Urban Development Project. The cabinet simplified the long process of issuance of NOCs for installing petrol pumping in the province by reducing the issuance period from 90 days to 30 days. Punjab cabinet, under 3 per cent special quota for visually impaired persons has also approved to give special relaxation in upper age limit in the employment. The Punjab cabinet again rejected the proposal of getting charges in major hospitals. Usman Buzdar while addressing the meeting said that PTI government has come into power for providing relief to a common man and user charges cannot be reconsidered right now. The cabinet also gave approval for the equal syllabus throughout the province. The meeting, in the light of decision of honourable court and under Rule 17-A, gave approval of recruitment on permanent basis. The meeting also gave approval the pay package and terms and conditions for the vice chancellors of different medical universities of Punjab. Transfer policy 2020 of the Special Education Department was approved in the meeting. Under this policy, teachers and other staff will be transferred near to their residents. Seed money of Rs10 crore from the Punjab government for the endowment fund of National Tourism Coordination Board/Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation was approved by the meeting. Land User Plans Rules 2020 were also got approval in the meeting for using Punjab Local Governments’ lands.
The meeting also postponed the appointment of CEO of Punjab Industrial Estates Development & Management Company. Punjab Chief Minister and Cabinet welcome the new ministers Syed Yawer Bukhari and Khiyal Ahmed Kastro in the meeting. Provincial Ministers, Advisors, Special Advisors, Chief Secretary and Secretaries of the concerned departments participated in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has sought a report from Commissioner Bahawalpur about the death of children due to falling of gate and pillar in Shahbazpur area of Sadiqabad and directed to provide best treatment to the injured children. He has also extended sympathies to the bereaved heirs.