Punjab to play leading role in Plant for Pakistan campaign: Buzdar

Staff Reporter

Punjab chief minister Sardar Usman Buzdar planted a sapling at chief minister’s office on Wednesday under Plant for Pakistan campaign. Minister for forest Muhammad Sabtain Khan was also present on the occasion. The chief minister and forest minister prayed for success of the campaign after planting the sapling. Secretary forest and others were also present on the occasion.
Talking on the occasion, the chief minister said that trees are bright future of the country and this drive would be made a success in the province. Under this drive, ten billion saplings will be planted across the country during the next five years and Punjab province will play a leading role in this campaign. He said that green Pakistan is a harbinger of national prosperity adding that we have to transfer a beautiful and green Pakistan to our next generations.
He appealed to the people to actively participate in Plant for Pakistan campaign and added that effective monitoring of the campaign will be conducted and the best performing departments will be encouraged. The forest department has a leading role in this campaign and this department and all the horticulture authorities should proactively perform in this campaign and work to achieve their targets. The chief minister commended the provincial minister Muhammad Sabtain Khan and his department for taking active part and moving forward successfully. He said trees are a great bounty for the living creatures and it is imperative to create affection towards them in the people.
Trees also beautify the environment and help to lessen the environmental degradation. Sufficient increase in the area of forest is a governmental priority and a strategy is being devised by the punjab government to increase the area of forests, concluded the chief minister.
A high-level meeting was held on Wednesday with Punjab chief minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in the chair. The meeting decided to launch operation against encroachments and land grabbers. It was also decided to constitute a special taskforce to resolve the complaints of individual occupation of plots or land. This taskforce would help to provide necessary relief to the citizens who’s plots have been encroached upon and an organized mechanism would be established to return the occupation to the genuine owners.
Addressing the meeting, chief minister said that decision has been made to initiate indiscriminate operation against encroachments and qabza mafia in the light of decision of punjab cabinet meeting which held under the chair of prime minister Imran Khan.
This operation would be started from influential and gubernatorial mafia and indiscriminate action will be initiated against the land grabbers. He directed that immediate steps should be taken for auction of lease of 22 petrol pumps of LDA. He said that procedure of auction of lease of petrol pumps should be adopted according to the verdict of the supreme court and auction process should be completed by fulfilling all the legal requirements. He said that auction process should be fully transparent and in accordance with the decision of the apex court.
He further directed that Lahore police staff deputed in LDA should be changed and new police officials should be deputed. Provincial housing minister Mian Mehmood-ur-Resheed said that LDA will be made an effective organization to provide best facilities to the citizens and zero-tolerance policy will be adopted against every mafia.

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