Ac­tion, not rhetoric

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - WAJEEHA AH­MAD

“Ac­tion, not rhetoric is what we be­lieve in”...claims the govern­ment of the Pun­jab. It’s not just a claim but the GOP has proven it right time and over again. I was just scrolling through my face­book news­feed and saw an amaz­ing post by the of­fi­cial fan page of Mian She­hbaz Sharif the other day. Like many other firsts, it is an­other for the PML N lead­er­ship that it has in­tro­duced the cul­ture of sav­ings in the mega projects. For the first time in Pak­istan’s his­tory, bil­lions have been saved so far for the mil­lions of peo­ple like us. The money is be­ing spent on other so­cial sec­tors like health and ed­u­ca­tion for the peo­ple like you and me. It is slap on the faces of those who crit­i­cize the govern­ment for in­tro­duc­ing mega projects like Or­ange Line Metro Train.

Gov­ern­ments, usu­ally, awards con­tracts to low­est bid­der un­der the PPRA rules. For that mat­ter, our govern­ment has amended the rules for the ben­e­fit of com­mon man and gone ex­tra mile and ne­go­ti­ated with the low­est bid­ders to ask for fur­ther sav­ings un­like be­fore in all mega projects. The list of sav­ings is quite long but few of them can be men­tioned here. 215 bil­lion ru­pees have been saved in en­ergy, trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture projects of Fed­eral and Pun­jab govern­ment and th­ese re­sources are be­ing spent on health, ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture projects. Baloki Power Pro­ject (1223 MW) saved 39.44 bil­lion ru­pees, Bhikki Power Plant (1180MW) saved 37.21 bil­lion ru­pees, in Or­ange Line Metro Train Pro­ject, to­tal 78.50 bil­lion ru­pees have been saved. Rs. 4.6 bil­lion have been saved in Metro Bus Sys­tem (La­hore, Rawalpindi and Mul­tan) and the list goes on. It is just a glimpse of few projects.

It’s time to cel­e­brate three years of pub­lic ser­vice, trans­parency, de­liv­er­ance and progress to­wards bet­ter and pros­per­ous Pak­istan. I just pray that this process of serv­ing mankind never ends and our gen­er­a­tions will see bet­ter not new Pak­istan be­cause we don’t need a new Pak­istan but we have to make it great and to­gether we can. —La­hore

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