Punjab Irrigation Department has joined hands with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to introduce e-Abiana, a digital mechanism for the automation of water payments collection system and fines through PITB developed e-Pay Punjab system. Chairman PITB Azfar Manzoor and Secretary Irrigation Capt. Retired Saif Anjum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Provincial Minister IT & Higher Education Department Raja Yasir Hamayun and Punjab Minister Irrigation Mohsin Khan Leghari. DG IT Operations PITB Faisal Yousaf was also present at the occasion. “The project, e-Abiana, would digitalize water collection money received from farmers in the form of Abiana, which would be collected by the Irrigation Department through e-Pay Punjab. It would, in particular, enable the department to ensure transparency and make collection of the revenue easier,” Provincial Minister IT and Higher Education Raja Yasir Hamayun stated. In addition to this, Punjab Minister Irrigation Mohsin Khan Leghari said, “In Punjab alone, the calculated amount of Abiana (water tax) collected is almost PKR 4 billion per annum. The primary objective of e-Abiana is to develop a technology-based solution to generate transparency for collecting Abiana from the farmers.” “In future, integration of e-Abiana through e-Pay would enable occupiers to pay water taxes and fines through all the branches of banks across Pakistan and via all digital channels of e-Pay,” Chairman PITB Azfar Manzoor commented. In the recent years, Punjab Irrigation Department has already partnered with PITB for tech-driven initiatives for the innovation and economic development of the province, as well as, to achieve optimal operations and improve public services through ICT interventions
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid received 46 ventilators donated by the USAID at the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute at a ceremony here on Tuesday. US Consul General in Lahore Ms. Catherine Rodriguez gave away the ventilators. Present on the occasion were Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Barrister Nabeel Awan, Chairman Board of Director PKLI Professor Javed Gardezi, Dean PKLI Professor Hafiz Ejaz, Hospital Director PKLI Dr. Tazein Zia, Additional Secretary Development Dr. Asif Tufaiul, Professor Javed Chaudhry and other senior officials. Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid said, “I am grateful to the US Government and American people for donation of 46 ventilators. Corona Pandemic has affected the entire world. By the grace of Almighty Allah, the Corona Pandemic affected Pakistan comparatively much less. Pakistani doctors, nurses and paramedical staff have valiantly faced the Pandemic. By 11th June, we had a large number of critically ill COVID-19 patients at Punjab hospitals. The 46 ventilators given away by the USAID will be very helpful in fighting the Pandemic. These ventilators will be distributed among different government hospitals of Punjab. For service to humanity, the great friendship of Pakistan and America will continue to flourish.” Secretary SHME Department Barrister Nabeel Awan paid rich tribute to doctors, nurses and paramedical staff who served COVID-19 patients. Corona Pandemic hit our economy very hard. US Consul General Catherine Rodriguez said, “We greatly appreciate Pakistan’s immense success in controlling the Corona Pandemic and we salute Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid for her great achievement. I always witnessed Dr. Yasmin Rashid leading from the front. The United States of America will continue to support Pakistani people.”
A Symposium for Celebration of World Statistics Day was organized by the Bureau of Statistics, Planning and Development Board, Government of the Punjab, in Auditorium of P&D Board Punjab. Dr. Muhammad Abid Bodla, Member Water/Infrastructure, Environment & Climate Change, P&D Board, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. World Statistics Day in global collaborative endeavor, celebrated after five years and this was the third celebration with the theme “Connecting the world with data we can trust”. Dr. Muhammad Aman Ullah, Joint Chef Economist P&D Board, Director Punjab Economic Research Institute (PERI), Senior Officers from the P&D Board, Director General Monitoring & Evaluation, Agriculture Crop Reporting Service, Directorate General Health Services Punjab, Urban Unit, Fisheries Department Punjab, Livestock & Dairy Development Department and Leading Academicians attended the Symposium.Dr. Muhammad Aman Ullah, Joint Chef Economist P&D Board, in his welcome address, shed light on value to statistics in evidence-based decision making and also shared the contribution of Bureau of Statistics Punjab towards this achievement of goal. Mr. Sajid Rasul (Director General Bureau of Statistics Punjab), Dr. Shahid Adil (Director PERI), Dr. Saleha Naghmi Habibullah (Prof. of Statistics, Kinnaird College University Lahore), Dr. Sohail Chand (Principal, College of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences, University of the Punjab Lahore), Dr. Sohail Akhtar (Head, Department of Statistics, GC University Lahore) Dr. Sharoon Hanook (Chairman, Department of Statistics, FC College University, Lahore)delivered valuable presentations on importance of data and statistics for the betterment of the country. Worth of statistics in national development was advocated by the distinguished speakers and emphasis was made on building our policies on evidence and data. The Chief Guest, Dr. Muhammad Abid Bodla, Member Water/Infrastructure, Environment & Climate Change, P&D Board, shared the commitment of Planning and Development Board towards planning and policy making on the bases of reliable and statistically sound data. He drew attention of all decision makers and stakeholders to use statistics and data for policy making and resource allocation in the years to come. He shared the value of statistics for monitoring progress on SDGs and to support policy making with data. The efforts of the Bureau of Statistics, Planning and Development Board Punjab for organizing the Symposium for Celebration of World Statistics Day were appreciated and acknowledged by the Chief guest.
On the direction of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, subsidized sahulat bazaars have been set up in the provincial metropolis to sell flour and other essential items at notified rates. The CM has also directed ACS (LG) Tahir Khursheed to immediately take steps for extending this facility to the whole of the province and Special Secretary (LG) has been deputed as focal person for this purpose. In this regard, the CM has stated subsidized sahulat bazaars will provide relief to the masses and reiterated that protection of consumers’ rights will be ensured. Any artificial increase in rates will not be tolerated, he warned. ACS (LG) also said that subsidized sahulat bazaars will soon start working in rest of the districts.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid reached Hafeez Center Gulberg after fire incident and monitored rescue work here on Sunday. The Health Minister reached the spot on direction from the Chief Minister and has sought report from the officials on the incident. Present on the spot were Additional Chief Secretary Home Momin Agha and senior officials of the government. Deputy Commissioner Lahore Mudassar Riaz Malik and DG Rescue 1122 Dr. Rizwan Nasir gave a detailed update on the measures to control fire at Hafeez Center. The Minister said, “The Rescue 1122 teams are making all out efforts to control fire. Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has taken notice of the incident and. An Investigation Committee will probe the incident, ascertain the causes and fix the responsibility. I urge all business owners to cooperate with Rescue teams.”