Punjab govt is consciously pursuing development agenda which was people-centric and expressly inclined towards the lower income segments and areas. The perception that large budgetary allocations of development funds have been made to one district was not based on facts.
P&D Spokesman said that all districts in Punjab were accorded due priority in allocation of the development program. Conscious effort is being made to enhance the allocation of budget to the districts in the south which was higher than the population of these districts.
Government of Punjab is committed to undertake major projects in other cities as well. Case in point is expansion of the Safe City Project to 5 more cities; including Multan and Bahawalpur. The Metro Bus Project, which was pioneered in Lahore, was subsequently extended to Rawalpindi and Multan. Government is committed to balanced development of the entire province. In fact more allocations are being made for districts which have lagged behind in development.—INP