CPEC is a game changer for the coun­try: CM Pun­jab

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Chief Min­is­ter Pun­jab She­hbaz Sharif said that the CPEC is a game changer for progress and pros­per­ity of the coun­try and not only Pak­istan but the en­tire re­gion will ben­e­fit from this pro­ject. He said that work is be­ing car­ried out speed­ily on CPEC projects in Pun­jab. This he ex­pressed dur­ing a meet­ing with Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment Ah­san Iqbal.

The Min­is­ter met Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif for dis­cussing mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est, sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try and China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) were dis­cussed in the meet­ing. The Chief Min­is­ter said that work is con­tin­u­ing round the clock on 1320 megawatts coal-based power plant in Sahi­wal and this pro­ject will be com­pleted by the end of 2017. Sim­i­larly, work is also in progress on so­lar pro­ject at Quaid-eAzam So­lar Park Ba­hawalpur. She­hbaz Sharif said that in­vest­ment of 46 bil­lion dol­lars by China is a proof of full con­fi­dence of the Chi­nese lead­er­ship in the fed­eral govern­ment led by Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif and deep love for the peo­ple of Pak­istan.

He said that while the en­tire re­gion will ben­e­fit from the com­ple­tion of CPEC projects, a new era of progress and pros­per­ity will usher in Pak­istan. The Chief Min­is­ter fur­ther said that there is a need for col­lec­tive ef­forts for ben­e­fit­ing from this his­toric op­por­tu­nity. He said that ev­ery sin­gle penny un­der CPEC is be­ing spent trans­par­ently on the projects of pros­per­ity of the peo­ple and th­ese projects will be com­pleted within stip­u­lated pe­riod.

Mean­while, Chair­per­son Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gramme (BISP) Marvi Me­mon met Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif, here Satur­day. Mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est and on­go­ing pro­grammes for the help of poor­est fam­i­lies were dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ing. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion,the Chief Min­is­ter said that wel­fare of masses and im­prov­ing their liv­ing stan­dard was top pri­or­ity of the govern­ment.

He said that bil­lions of ru­pees were be­ing spent on pro­grammes of pro­vi­sion of re­lief to re­source-less fam­i­lies. He said that a num­ber of pro­grammes for the bet­ter­ment of down­trod­den peo­ple and wel­fare of com­mon man were con­tin­u­ing suc­cess­fully in Pun­jab. He said that Pun­jab Khid­mat Card Pro­gramme has been launched for the pro­vi­sion of in­ter­est-free loans and free vo­ca­tional train­ing for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, wel­fare and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of de­serv­ing spe­cial per­sons.

She­hbaz Sharif said that full as­sis­tance is be­ing pro­vided to spe­cial per­sons for mak­ing them ac­tive and use­ful mem­ber of the so­ci­ety through­out the prov­ince. He said that two lakh de­serv­ing spe­cial per­sons of the prov­ince will ben­e­fit from this pro­gramme. He said that Rs 3600 are be­ing given quar­terly to the de­serv­ing spe­cial per­sons un­der this pro­gramme. He said that Rs 2 bil­lion have been al­lo­cated for the first phase of Pun­jab Khi­dat Card Pro­gramme. He said that Pun­jab Khid­mat Card was a revo­lu­tion­ary pro­gramme for the pro­vi­sion of vo­ca­tional train­ing and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to spe­cial per­sons en­abling them stand on their own feet.

Marvi Me­mon con­grat­u­lated Chief Min­is­ter Pun­jab Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif on tak­ing steps for down­trod­den peo­ple and em­pow­er­ing the women so­cioe­co­nom­i­cally. More­over, Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meet­ing here to­day which re­viewed over­all law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the prov­ince and se­cu­rity mea­sures for ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. The Chief Min­is­ter while ad­dress­ing the meet­ing, said that no com­pro­mise will be made on se­cu­rity of pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

He said that de­part­ments and in­sti­tu­tions con­cerned should play an ac­tive role for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the se­cu­rity plan de­vised for this pur­pose. She­hbaz Sharif while di­rect­ing to fur­ther im­prove se­cu­rity of pri­vate and govern­ment sec­tor ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, said that all out mea­sures should be taken for the pro­tec­tion of life and prop­erty of cit­i­zens and ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing of se­cu­rity ar­range­ments evolved for pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor schools, col­leges and univer­si­ties should be con­tin­ued.

He di­rected that Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ters and sec­re­taries should con­tinue to mon­i­tor im­ple­men­ta­tion of the se­cu­rity plan for ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. Sim­i­larly, he said, divi­sional com­mis­sion­ers, RPOs, CPOs, DCOs and DPOs should reg­u­larly re­view se­cu­rity ar­range­ments of pri­vate and govern­ment ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. He said that strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of the se­cu­rity plan should be en­sured and the de­part­ments and in­sti­tu­tions con­cerned should per­form their du­ties with ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion while third party au­dit of se­cu­rity mea­sures should be con­ducted on reg­u­lar ba­sis as no lax­ity or neg­li­gence is tol­er­a­ble in the present sit­u­a­tion.

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