Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Friday said that Coronavirus is a collective issue of all the nations in the world but opposition is engaged in doing politics over it.
“The PTI fully understands pain of the poor and will never leave them in the lurch.”
The CM regretted that the opposition tried points-scoring and even attempted to create discords over it. “This is not only illogical but deplorable and history will not remember the opposition’s negative role in good words, he added. The CM claimed that opposition is busy raising hollow slogans and has not done nothing practically. “The prevailing situation warrants unity, brotherhood and PM Imran Khan has also stressed the need for collective efforts, he underlined. The CM deplored that opposition tried to divide the nation, instead of supporting the people, in this difficult moment. The negative role of the opposition is condemnable and the politicization of this issue is not in the national interest, concluded the CM.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid, SACM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Chief Secretary, Secretary Primary and Secondary Health and DC Lahore administered anti-polio drops to children at CM Office.
The ceremony was held in connection with the upcoming 5-day anti-polio drive starting from November 30 in the province. More than, 120,000 polio workers will administer anti-polio drops to 20 million children during the campaign to be continued till December 4.
Talking on the occasion, the CM said the anti-polio drive is very important for the health of the children. The government is cognizant of the health and safety of health department officials as the anti-polio drive was also affected due to coronavirus. 100 per cent vaccination target will be achieved while observing corona SOPs, he said.
Meanwhile, the CM approved establishment of more centres for rehabilitation of female victims of violence. The Rawalpindi and Lahore centres will be activated soon and the facility will also be extended to other cities. The CM presided over a meeting to review performance of Punjab Women Protection Authority (PWPA). Chairperson PWPA Kaneez Fatima briefed the CM on performance and future roadmap of the authority. CM Buzdar directed the PWPA to review utilization of existing buildings for new centres and surplus employees be utilized, instead of new recruitments. On the other hand, CM Usman Buzdar approved the release of annual grants to sports associations.
He disclosed this during a meeting with a delegation of Punjab Olympic Association, led by its president Muhammad Amer Jan. The delegation was comprised of POA Secretary-General Idrees Haider Khawaja, Vice President Ahmer Malik, members Wajid Ali Chaudhary, Irfan Ullah Khan and Secretary General Pakistan Olympic Association Muhammad Khalid Mahmood.
The CM made it clear that grants will be issued and utilized in a transparent manner. Steps will be taken by the government to encourage the players on-merit and pick and choose policy of the previous tenure will not be followed anymore, he declared.