Punjab adopts balanced development policy

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that clean drinking water is a basic necessity of humans and Punjab government has started Saaf Pani project to protect the citizens from diseases and establish a healthy society. He said that Saaf Pani project is of vital importance for public health.
Talking to a representative delegation of Pakistan Muslim league-N, the Chief Minister said that billions of rupees are being spent on the programme of provision of potable water to the people of the province while monitoring and third-party audit system has also been introduced. He said that target has been fixed to provide clean water to the people of villages within two years.
He said that a huge sum of Rs.117 billion will be spent on this project which will result in availability of potable water to crores of residents of villages. He said that this project is being started from the districts of south Punjab and initial work of installation of water filtration plants has been started.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab government is implementing the policy of balanced development of urban and rural areas, therefore, ten percent higher quota has been allocated in welfare and educational programmes for the districts of south Punjab. He said that under Saaf Pani project, such areas are being given priority where there is a dire need of supply of drinking water. He further said that under Punjab Saaf Pani project, centers will also be set up where people will be able to get potable water.
He said that solar panels will be installed for operating water filtration plants so that supply of potable water should continue even during power breakdown. He further said that people have the right over resources and Punjab government is upholding this right through welfare programmes like Saaf Pani project.
He said that maximum resources are being provided for this project. He said that Saaf Pani project will be completed under a phased programme and no effort will be spared for speedy implementation of this important project.
He said that programmes like Saaf Pani project are splendid examples of utilization of public money on the masses. The Chief Minister said that water is a sign of life and a basic necessity of every citizen. He said that Punjab government will work round the clock for the implementation of Saaf Pani project expeditiously.
He said that all out measures are being taken for the supply of drinking water and uplift of social sectors and like other projects, transparency, standard and speed are also being ensured in the execution of this vital project.

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