Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a four-hour long video conference from London on Monday to review forthcoming budget and salient features of Annual Development Programme. The Chief Minister, addressing the meeting, said that like previous years, public welfare programmes of billions of rupees would be continued in future as well. He said that more funds compared to the past would be allocated for provision of facilities in education, health and other social sectors.
He said that project of provision of clean drinking water to the citizens would be completed speedily. He said that transparency, standard and speed are hallmarks of the Punjab government. He said that government is custodian of every penny of public and all resources are being utilized for the welfare of the people whereas billions of rupees saved in development projects are also being spent on public welfare projects.
The Chief Minister ordered officers concerned that ADP should reflect public aspirations and ensure provision of basic amenities to the people at their doorstep.
He said that such development projects should be completed on priority basis during next fiscal year which would benefit maximum number of people. He directed officers that ongoing public welfare schemes should be completed on priority basis so that people could be provided relief.
Shehbaz Sharif said that energy projects would be completed speedily due to which darkness would be ended from the country by 2018. He said that Punjab government has taken revolutionary steps for the empowerment of youth and thousands of youth have been made skillful through Skill Development Company and special steps will also be taken in the next budget for equipping lakhs of youth with vocational education. The Chief Minister directed that due attention should be paid under ADP for the progress and prosperity of masses and achievement of the targets of strengthening of economy.
He said that a big programme was continuing successfully for the provision of modern and dignified transport facilities to the citizens. He said that after success of metro bus service in Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad, metro bus project is in the final stages in Multan. He said that metro bus project has proved to be a milestone in infrastructure sector.