Provincial Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal chaired 110th board meeting of PSIC in which matters pertaining to progress on Chief Minister Self-Employment Scheme, economic effects and attainment of targets came under comprehensive review. It was decided during the meeting to increase the scope of CM Self-Employment Scheme under which the limit of interest-free loans to be disbursed to the skilled persons for initiating their business will be enhanced. It was also decided that the draft of agreement with Akhuwat will be prepared in the light of recommendations of the Board sub-committee, PEPRA, Law Department and board members. Chief Minister Insaaf Employment Scheme will be launched in collaboration with Akhuwat. The board also granted principal approval for establishing small industrial estates in DG Khan, Sahiwal, Jhang and Mianwali. The board also accorded approval for selling off redundant property of PSIC lying in various areas. For the provision of electricity to the small industrial estates of Gujranwala and Wazirabad, approval for agreement with GEPCO was also granted. The board also granted approval of some financial and administrative matters of PSIC in the meeting. The Minister while addressing the participants in the meeting said that under CM Self Employment Scheme, unemployed and skilled youth are being disbursed interest-free loans and 29 lac persons have been distributed interest-free loans under this scheme. Aslam Iqbal disclosed that a monitoring cell will be set-up in PSIC to oversee implementation on the scheme and also directed to set-up online Dashboard. The Minister also issued directions that capacity building and utility of PSIC should also be enhanced by promoting latest technology. The recommendations of board sub-committee with regard to CM Insaaf Employment Scheme were also accorded approval in the meeting. MD PSIC Mudassar Malik, Board Members named Riaz Hameed Chaudhry, Amjad Naeem and other members attended the meeting in PSIC office while Secretary Industries and Trade Capt. (R) Zafar Iqbal along with other members attended the meeting via video link.
Additional Chief Secretary (South) Zahid Akhtar Zaman and Additional IG Police (South) Inam Ghani called on Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office here on Wednesday. The CM expressed good wishes for them adding that the PTI government has made postings on merit and the Southern Punjab Secretariat will provide necessary relief to the locals. The establishment of the Southern Punjab Secretariat has fulfilled a promise made with the people, he added. He added that 33 per cent development budget has been earmarked for southern Punjab and 1.5 billion rupees are reserved for the Southern Punjab Secretariat. The problems of the people will be solved at the grassroots and the citizens will not have to go to Lahore with the start of the Southern Punjab Secretariat, he said. Your posting is an honour and every work should be done on merit, he added. The CM pointed out that no pressure should be tolerated for any wrongdoing and duty should be performed honestly. Similarly, you should keep your offices' doors open to the people as the Southern Punjab Secretariat is an important development which would be conspicuous to the people when they will get relief, he said. The officers should come up to the expectations of the people and you should work hard to provide relief to the citizens at their doorsteps, the CM concluded. Chief Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik, IG Police Shoaib Dastaghir and others were also present.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan met with Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at 90-SQA here on Wednesday and discussed different matters of mutual interest. Jam Kamal Khan thanked the Chief Minister Usman Buzdar for the cooperation extended by Punjab government and both further agreed to take collective steps for saving crops from locust attack and eradication of coronavirus. CM Usman Buzdar stated that the Punjab government has taken every necessary step to overcome the spread of the virus and further taken different measures to save crops from locust attack. The crops are not much damaged due to governmental efforts and line departments are further directed to ensure the safety of crops from the next possible locust attack, he said. Usman Buzdar reiterated that Punjab will continue to serve the people living in Balochistan. The development of Balochistan is as dear as that of Punjab, he added. The CM informed that a technical college will be established in Kharan, a community centre will be set up in Taftan and the 100-bed hospital will also be constructed in Turbat for which 1.25 billion rupees are allocated in the budget. He assured that Punjab will make every effort to serve the residents of Balochistan province and further said that funds have been provided to restore the mausoleum of Mir Chakar-e-Azam Rind in Okara. Both the provinces will move forward jointly in the journey of development, he said. The people of Balochistan are patriotic and hardworking and Balochistan is very near to my heart, he further added. Usman Buzdar stated the Punjab government will continue to extend every possible cooperation for the development of Balochistan province and inter-provincial harmony will be further promoted. CM Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan thanked the Punjab government for the restoration of the mausoleum of Mir Chakar-e-Azam Rind. We consider Punjab as our home and the inter-provincial harmony is more needed than before. The public welfare journey will be extended forward while benefiting from each other's experiences, he added. Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan, Samiullah Chaudhary MPA, Chief Secretary Balochistan Fazeel Asghar, ACS (Infrastructure), ACS (Home) and Secretary HR and Minorities' Affairs were also present. Earlier, Usman Buzdar welcomed Chief Minister Balochistan at the Lahore Airport.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar after approval of Provincial Budget 2020-21 addressed the Punjab Assembly. Assembly members accorded Usman Buzdar rousing welcome when he entered into the Punjab Assembly. CM also paid compliments to the Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch. Pervaiz Elahi for amicably running the budget session. CM also extended his thanks to the Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari, Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat, Provincial Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, cabinet members, his whole team as well as treasury and opposition members for vigorously participating in the budget session. CM also announced to grant honorarium for the staff members of Finance, P&D, Law Departments along with cabinet wing and Assembly staff.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has regretfully remarked that opposition parties are moving forward with their corruption saving agenda and added that those elements found involved in weakening the foundations of the country will have to account for misdeeds. He maintained that the nation has not forgotten massive corruption being committed in the previous tenures till now and corrupt elements are not only culprits of the country but also of the nation. He emphasized that those committing loot and plunder of national resources in their previous tenures are afraid of accountability. CM underscored that the incumbent government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is the most transparent government in the history of Pakistan. He censured opposition parties for adopting a different stance on corona pandemic and added that the negative attitude posed by the opposition parties during the current critical situation is highly lamentable and condemnable. CM appreciated that Prime Minister Imran Khan took timely collective decisions in order to cope up with coronavirus. He highlighted that seriously affected areas owing to coronavirus have been sealed so as to impede its spread and further disclosed that positive results are coming to surface due to enforcing implementation on recent restrictions. Usman Buzdar stressed that the safety of citizens lies in implementing SOPs regarding coronavirus and urged that they must wear masks at the time of going out of their houses. He emphasized that cooperation of citizens is inevitable to curb the spread of coronavirus. He outlined that severely affected areas due to coronavirus will be sealed in future also. He stressed that life can be protected by leading one’s life with precaution. CM apprised that corona testing capacity has reached 12 thousand on daily basis and the number of high dependency units have been increased in the hospitals of Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan and other cities. He asserted that indiscriminate action is ongoing against those elements involved in hoarding and selling coronavirus medicines at high rates across the province. CM warned that shortage of medicines or injections will not be tolerated under any circumstance. CM deplored that leaders of opposition parties are the torchbearers of doing negative politics and have caused immense loss to the national solidarity and unity on corona pandemic. He reprimanded that opposition parties strive to create unrest among the nation on corona pandemic and neither they have soothing heart nor a spirit to serve the distressed humanity. Usman Buzdar condemned that elements which indulged into propaganda by deserting the masses are now bent upon doing oral calculations and those making tall claims are displaying their unpragmatic as well as impractical designs.
CM commended that Prime Minister Imran Khan took collective decisions with due consultations of all stakeholders with regard to coronavirus. He informed that decisions are taken after reviewing situation arising out of coronavirus on daily basis. He pledged that he will not let decrease in resources regarding protecting lives of the masses and provision of treatment to the patients. CM rebuked that those sitting before a laptop for doing photo session had ruined the health department in their respective tenures. He regretfully remarked that neither any attention was paid on the conditions of the hospitals nor on the rural or basic health units. CM lamented that such elements remained busy in earning cheap publicity, displaying show off whereas the masses remained deprived of getting quality treatment. He condemned that if opposition parties had taken practical steps for the betterment of health department then they would not have had to go abroad for their treatment. He deplored that doing propaganda politics is the norm of opposition parties and their leftover credibility have also ended due to projecting negative politics. CM urged the opposition leaders to quit point scoring tactics and regain their senses. CM highlighted that PTI government is fully focused on health care system from the very outset and disclosed that such a robust health care system is being devised where even a common man will be provided quality treatment.