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28/07/21

A video conference regarding review of implementation status of ADP 2021-22 was held under the chairmanship of Chairman Planning & Development Board Mr. Abdullah Khan Sumbal at P&D Complex. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the approval of status of un-approved schemes, and release of funds against on-going projects at spending level of all sectors. It was informed that against 4,680 un-approved schemes on 1st July 2021 3,179 schemes have been approved. Whereas, progress of approval of schemes at DDC level remained more than 96%. It was also informed that Finance Department has released 100% funds allocated for approved on-going schemes i.e Rs. 131 billion on 1st July 2021. The Administrative Departments have placed Rs. 68 billion at spending level and balance amount of Rs. 63 billion is yet to be placed at the spending level. The Chair observed that to ensure fast track implementation of ADP 2021-22, the guidelines and timeliness notified by the CM Punjab should be followed in the letter and spirit. For this purpose, a proactive approach is required to kick start implementation of the ADP with a robust monitoring mechanism at all levels. It was reiterated that regular review meetings on fortnightly basis will be convened at all levels to monitor implementation of ADP 2021-22. The bottlenecks hindering implantation of ADP must be highlighted and forward to the concerned quarters of removal. The government will be focusing on the streamlining the process by reviewing the status on main concern. Meeting was attended by all Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners, Members of P&D Board and other Senior Officers.

28/07/21

A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Disaster Management chaired by Provincial Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti and the Chief Secretary Punjab reviewed arrangements for dealing with possible floods and the situation caused by monsoon rains. Expressing concern over the increase in drowning incidents in different cities in the last few days, the meeting decided to ban bathing in all rivers and streams throughout the province to prevent such incidents. Addressing the meeting, Provincial Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti said that with better planning, natural calamities like floods could be dealt with effectively. The departments should pay special attention to enhance their capacity to deal with natural disasters, he remarked. Asking all the relevant departments to remain alert during the monsoon season, the Chief Secretary said that a strategy should be formulated to prevent the occurrence of roof collapse and electrocution during rains. He also directed the director general of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to submit a report on the survey of dilapidated buildings. The Chief Secretary said that the implementation of directions regarding removal of encroachments along the rivers and streams should be ensured and the deputy commissioners should personally inspect the dykes in the districts vulnerable to floods. He directed that special measures should be taken in the monsoon plan for drainage from low-lying areas and all machinery should be kept operational during monsoon rains. He said that there was a need to enhance coordination between the provincial and federal departments for effective monitoring of weather conditions and rivers’ flow. The senior member board of revenue told the meeting that there was no flood situation in any river or stream in the province at present. He mentioned that water in Nullah Lai in Rawalpindi reached an alarming level of 21 feet on Wednesday morning but now it has come down below 10 feet. The meeting was briefed that the PDMA is in contact with all the departments and boats, relief goods and other essential items have been provided to all the districts as per their demand. About the weather conditions, the Chief Meteorologist said that rains are expected in some parts of Upper and Central Punjab during the next 24 hours and the current system of monsoon would be present for the next 24 to 36 hours. The senior member board of revenue, administrative secretaries of different departments including irrigation, communication and works, and planning and development, directors general of Rescue 1122, PDMA, public relations and deputy commissioner Narowal attended the meeting while the commissioner Rawalpindi division, and deputy commissioners of Jhelum, Khushab and Dera Ghazi Khan participated through video link.

 

28/07/21

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Provincial Minister for Industries and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal in the committee room of Punjab Board of investment and Trade today in which the performance of Mines and Minerals Department, implementation on schemes and future course of action were reviewed. The meeting decided to increase the death grant of mineworkers from Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 1.5 million and this death grant will be provided by the employer. Monthly financial assistance for disable mine workers will also be increased up to Rs. 20,000. Provincial Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal directed to present a plan to increase the death grant and financial assistance to disabled miners in the next meeting and said that expeditious steps should also be taken with regard to insurance of mine workers. Every necessary step should be taken to provide better facilities to the mineworkers. He said that the economy of the province could be strengthened by utilizing the hidden treasures in the land. Therefore, complete mapping of mineral treasures in Punjab should be done so that they can be fully utilized. He said that digitization would bring transparency in departmental affairs. Therefore, modern technology should be promoted. Briefing about the departmental digitization and implementation of old and new schemes, the Secretary Mines and Minerals said that along with promoting the use of modern technology in the Department of Minerals, one window operation would also be established. Last year 5 schemes were completed while this year 10 new schemes are being started. Head of Special Monitoring Unit Fazil Asif, DG Mines and Minerals and concerned officers attended the meeting.

27/07/21

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar planted a sapling at the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) secretariat on Tuesday and inspected the blue pottery display centre. He also formally launched the apprenticeship act 2021 to provide training to the youth in the industrial sector while the certification will be done by TEVTA. This act would provide on-job training to the youth. The CM said the Punjab government has formulated the first skill policy which will be presented before the cabinet for approval soon. The past governments ignored TEVTA while the PTI-led government has given three billion rupees for different TEVTA programmes and Skill Punjab Portal has also been designed to provide jobs to the skilled youth. The CM announced to establish the first skill Technology Park over an area of 120 Kanal in TEVTA secretariat adding that 2 lakh and 20 thousand students are being trained in 403 TEVTA institutions every year. Punjab’s first skill mapping project is successfully moving forward in collaboration with the urban unit, he added. Meanwhile, more than one lakh youth has been given free skill education under CM Hunarmand Programme to provide employment to needy youth. Similarly, the CM said new technical universities are being set up in the province. An international standard engineering university will be established in Sialkot with an amount of 17 billion and the government will extend full support to the TEVTA institutions. The CM congratulated the successful graduates of the Hunarmand Nojawan Programme and appreciated their skills. He hoped the quality technical education will help to overcome poverty and unemployment. Ali Suleman Siddique said TEVTA will establish 17 centres of excellence with the technical support of the Asian Development Bank. Pakistan’s first electric car will also be developed in TEVTA. 37 courses are being held in 140 TEVTA institutions under CPT&A and all institutions would be brought under the CPT&A within the next two years, he added. Secretary Industries Wasif Khursheed and others were also present. 

 

26/07/21

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Provincial Minister for Industries and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal in the committee room of Punjab Board of Investment and Trade in which the performance of Environment Protection Department and future strategy was reviewed. Directing to conduct performance audit of transfer of brick kilns to ZigZag technology, the provincial minister said that environmental study of transfer of kilns to modern technology is necessary. He said that benefits of using national resources should reach the people. The provincial minister said that a committee for mapping industries would be set up. The committee would consist of officers from the Department of Environmental Protection, Industry and Commerce, Urban Unit and officers of other related departments and the committee would complete the work within two months and submit a report . The Secretary Environment Department briefed about the reorganization of the department, Punjab Green Development Program, e-Environmental Initiative and other other development programs of the department. He told that 30 air quality monitoring stations and 15 water quality monitoring stations would be set up under Punjab Green Development Program. HeadofSpecial Monitoring Unit Fazil Asif and concerned officers of Environment Protection Department attended the meeting.