The Chairperson of the Ehsaas Program Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired the first meeting of the Ehsaas Program Committee at the Chief Minister Punjab Secretariat. Talking to the meeting, Dr. Sania Nishtar said that this program is being started in Punjab on the instructions of Chairman PTI Imran Khan. Under which 1 crore families will be assisted in Punjab through Ehsaas programme. He further said that under this program, low-income families will facilitate with ration at low cost. And Ehsaas desks are being established in different districts of Punjab. Chairperson Ehsaas Program Dr. Sania Nishtar while talking about the transparency of the program said that the Punjab government is signing MoUs very soon with National Bank, Nadra and mobile companies for transparent registration of the program. And very soon after the approval from the Punjab Cabinet it will be started across Punjab. Talking about the success of the program, he said that it was a successful program in the federal government of PTI, whose success was also acknowledged at the international level and on the same manners it is being started in Punjab. Punjab Finance Minister Sardar Mohsin Laghari, Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Transport Minister Muneeb Sultan, Chief Secretary Punjab and Chairman P&D and other officers also participated in the meeting.
Provincial Minister for Transport Muhammad Muneeb Sultan Cheema has said that our forefathers got this country Pakistan after laying a number of sacrifices. We are responsible for its protection in any case. He said that we fought on both internal and external fronts and won. He was gracing a ceremony as a chief guest organised by Punjab Transport Company in connection with 75th anniversary of Pakistan. Later, he also attended the Azadi rally of Punjab Transport Company. While addressing the media Muneeb Sultan Cheema said that today is the day of paying tribute to the people who sacrificed their lives for Pakistan. We are proud of the sons of this land who laid their lives to protect the ideology of this country, he added. The rally of Punjab Transport company ended at Liberty Chowk after passing through Main Bullevard and Jail Road.
The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved two development schemes of Governance & IT Sector with an estimated cost of Rs. 911.728 million. These schemes were approved in the 3rd meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2022-23 presided over by Chairman Planning & Development Board Abdullah Khan Sumbal. The approved development schemes included IT Based Profiling of Government Employees at the cost of Rs. 453.888 million and Enhancement of 75-IPNV Sites Lahore at the cost of Rs. 457.840 million. Provincial Secretary P&D Board Dr. Muhammad Sohail Anwar Chaudhary, all Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries of concerned departments, and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting.
Provincial Minister for Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Taimur Masood inaugurated the 3-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Al-Hamra Cultural Complex. The services of our artists are exemplary, our government is determined to highlight the cultural values, good customs, ancient culture and civilization of Punjab. Taimur Masood took a deep interest in the stalls of handicrafts, traditional food, valuable and rare items set up in the fair. Provincial Secretary Information and Culture Punjab Raja Mansoor Ahmed was also accompanied him. Provincial Minister Taimur Masood said that the Information and Culture Department by promoting culture and art in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the occasion of Independence Day is commendable by bringing together the regional cultural traditions of Punjab and presenting them to the public. We are lucky that we are to spread the fragrance of our dear homeland and celebrating our independence ceremonies. The Punjab government will continue to support every possible initiative in this regard. Executive Director Al-Hamra Farhat Jabin said that by keeping the new generation aware of their cultural values is dependent on the Al-Hamra Arts Council. Executive Director Punjab Arts Council Thaman Roy said that regional culture, handicrafts, traditional food stalls and folk music are becoming the focus of attention of our people in the Art and Craft ceremony. Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Pakistan Independence Day will continue for three days.
A meeting was held under the chair of Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi to review Nullah Lai Expressway and Ring Road projects in Rawalpindi. Provincial Minister Mohammad Basharat Raja, former P&D chairman Salman Ghani, Principal Secretary to CM Mohammad Khan Bhatti, SMBR, chairman P&D, secretaries of C&W, housing, finance depts and commissioner Rawalpindi attended the meeting while DCs of Rawalpindi, Attock and DG RDA participated through video link. While directing to start work on these projects without delay, the CM noted with satisfaction that about 64 billion rupees have been saved in the Nullah Lai Expressway project as its outlay was estimated at 110 billion rupees in the previous tenure. Now, the Nullah Lai Expressway would be completed at 46 billion rupees. The saving of public money and transparency should be ensured while executing the Rawalpindi Ring Road project; he stressed and added that the people's convenience should also be kept in mind. Public interest should reign supreme instead of acclimating adjoining land owners' stakes; the CM conveyed and repeated that early completion of both schemes should be ensured for the convenience of the Rawalpindiites. Other roads will also be constructed and revamped in Rawalpindi to resolve the traffic problems and the proposal of building houses for the poor affected by projects would also be weighed up, he opined. The government is also going to initiate a water supply scheme for Rawalpindiites and those living in Murree tehsil to provide clean drinking water; he disclosed and maintained that stopping a water scheme for the people of Murree is criminal negligence. Earlier, the CM was briefed that the Nullah Lai Expressway will be built for only 46 billion instead of 110 billion.