Shahbaz bans installation of children’s rides

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Suspends Sahiwal DCO

Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Suday ordered complete ban on installation of rides/swings throughout the province until evolution of a comprehensive system and said that an effective system be devised in this regard the earliest.
The Chief Minister issued these orders after reviewing in detail the inquiry report of falling of swing and situation of medical facilities at District Headquarters Hospital, Sahiwal in a high-level meeting through video link, here.
The Chief Secretary should evolve a system with regard to installation of swings and protective arrangements and present the same within next few days, he added.
Shahbaz Sharif said that protection of life and property of the people is responsibility of the government, which will be fulfilled. Although no loss of life occurred, however, some children have been injured which is regrettable, he said.
The Chief Minister ordered immediate suspension of DCO Sahiwal in the light of inquiry report and directed Chief Secretary to take strict action as per law against the responsible of negligence. He said that Secretary Prosecution should directly submit him a report after reviewing progress into the matter. Installation of swings without permission is a question mark on the performance of district administration, he added. He said that had the law been strictly implemented and officers of district administration had not overlooked their responsibilities, this incident would not have been occurred.
He lamented over the incident of falling of a swing and injuring the children in Sahiwal and said that despite not grating permission by district administration, installation of swing is the negligence and inefficiency of the administration. Contractors will not be allowed to play with the lives of innocent children for a few pennies, he added.
About health facilities Shahbaz said that all out resources have been provided for the provision of quality and modern medical facilities to common man and required funds will be made available in future as well.
Fruit of billions of rupees allocated for improvement of health sector and provision of quality healthcare facilities should reach the common man at every cost.
Persons associated with health sector will have to fulfill their responsibilities and perform their duties efficiently in this regard, he added. Shahbaz Sharif said that he is visiting the hospitals to review provision of health facilities and will go to last limit for providing these facilities to common man.

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