Lahore, December 22, 2018 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that the time has come to materialise the dream of Prime Minister Imran Khan to make new Pakistan. Imran Khan has laid the foundation of a big change by appointing the chief ministerfrom a remote area which is deprived of basic facilities. I thank PM Imran Khan from the depth of my heart for this gesture and we are working wholeheartedly to materialise the dream of New Pakistan. I keep my doors open for the public and efforts are being made to improve the performance of departments to materialise the dream of New Pakistan.
The efforts of 100 day plan are the result of teamwork and every member of my team deserves praise. The status quo has broken in Punjab first time in decades due to selfless leadership and 22 years of political struggle of Imran Khan. The office of the chief minister is a matter of honour for me but it is also a challenge for me because expectations of people are very high. Problems are numerous, resources are limited and expectations are high, but our determination is above them all.We will serve the people of Punjab more than their expectations.
I, my colleagues and my team have worked without any break and we are successful in putting Punjab in the right direction. This success is the result of prayers of people, your guidance and the selfless hard work of our team. He was addressing a special ceremony regarding 100 performance of the Punjab government held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The chief minister said executive committees have been formed at federal and provincial level to accomplish the promise of creation of South Punjab province on administrative grounds.
In the first phase, independent secretariat will start functioning from July 1, 2019. First time in the history of the province, indiscriminate action against encroachments has been launched and more than one lakh acres of land valuing about 171 billion rupees has been retrieved in the first 100 days. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan understands problems of the people and he has presented the idea of panahgah (shelter homes) for the homeless people. We have immediately set up shelter homes on his directions where food, security and basic health facilities are being provided to the people. The buildings of panagha are in the construction phase at five places in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
We will set up similar shelter homes in all 36 districts in phases. The chief minister said revolutionary local government system of Punjab is being formed and first time in history 30 per cent of development funds will be transferred to local government institutions directly due to which people will be empowered at the grassroots level. While the committee on police reforms has started its work and the new law of DRC will be presented in the assembly soon in this connection. The practical steps have been started to provide homes to the people under the PM’s housing scheme ‘ApnaGhar’ and the process of giving interest-free loans up to five lakhs has been started with the collaboration of Akhuwat.
The Punjab Skill Development Authority has been set up to accomplish the promise of proving livelihood to the people and four technical universities are also being set up. The new industrial policy has been approved under which eight new economic zones will be set up due to which more than 1.2 million youth will get jobs. He said new labour policy 2018 is being introduced for the welfare and protection of rights of labourers. The PTI government is also getting the honour of introducing first tourism policy in Punjab while new agriculture policy in Punjab has been finalised which aims at the welfare and development of farmers.
New livestock policy is being introduced in line with the vision of PM Imran Khan. Measures will be taken for smart farming and best breeding.First water policy and water master plan are also being formed. Small dams will be constructed to protect water reserves. CM Usman Buzdar said the provision of health facilities is the priority of 100 days plan. The scope of the Insaaf Health Cards will be enhanced to whole of the province after its startin 17 districts. Recruitments to nine thousands posts of doctors, women medical officers and nurses has been completed. Five mother and child healthcare centres will be set up.
The project of Nishtar 2 in Multan will be launched soon. New education policy in Punjab titled ‘’ New Deal for Schools 2018-23’’ has been introduced under which work to improve the quality oflearning and teaching has started. Reforms plan for necessary reforms in higher education has been finalised. We want to give the sense of protection and economic empowerment to women.The PTI government has also won the credit of posting more and more women on administrative posts in Punjab. We are introducing the project of the provision of clean drinking water in villages and cities for which a separate authority is being set up.
Under Clean and Green Punjab, about 1.25 cror plants have been planted in 100 days, while 19 lakhs plants have been planted through Forest Department. Under five year plantation plan, more 46 lakh plants will be planted. He said the pilot project of Zero Waste Punjab has been launched. I personally supervise CM Complaint Cell and we have redressed 50 thousands complaints regarding Punjab under the PM Pakistan Citizen Portal. The annual sports calendar is being formed for the promotion of sports in Punjab under which sports events will be organised at every level.
Sports leagues will be held at educational institutions. New cultural policy has been formed first time in Punjab and work on Alhmra School of Performing Art has been started. The Artist Health Insurance is also being introduced and a proposal of setting up of Sufi university in Punjab is also being reviewed. We have decided to hold horse and cattle show in a unique way again. The chief minister said the Advisory Council for Good Governance has been set up first time in Punjab. As many as 14000 km long roads from farms to markets will be constructed under the CM Rural Roads Program.
The important roads in Punjab will be constructed in phases under public-private partnership and 11 important roads have been earmarked for this purpose. The PTI government will get the honour of record legislation first time in the history. More than 31 laws are in the process of approval while some of them have been presented in the assembly for approval and the remaining will be presented in the next sessions. He said the PTI government believes in the religious tolerance as per Islamic traditions and Minorities Empowerment Package is being for minorities.
The Punjab government has taken concrete measures for peace. New police training institutions are being set up in three cities to give modern training to police. The system of self-accountability has been implemented in Punjab Police under more than 5000 police officers and officials have faced disciplinary action. The Punjab government has taken effective measures to control power theft. Indiscriminate action has been taken against power thieves. He said our determination and resolve are high, problems are more and resources are less but these impediments cannot obstruct our way. The 100-day plan is roadmap of destination.
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