Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi presided over the 9th Provincial Cabinet meeting at CM office on Saturday and highlighted that the Punjab government had set a record to utilize development budget worth Rs273 billion in a short span of five months.
The amount had being utilized under the Annual Development Program till January 12, 2023, for which Parvez Elahi highly appreciated Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, P&D Chairman Wasif Khursheed and his team on behalf of the Punjab cabinet.
The CM directed chief secretary and P&D chairman to complete the ongoing development projects within the stipulated period of time, adding that continuity of ongoing development programs should be ensured. He directed that commissioners and deputy commissioners should not let the pace of work get affected on the ongoing development programs. The public money is being spent on public welfare projects and their well-being. The judiciary has given its verdict in favor of the completion of ongoing projects.
The Punjab cabinet accorded a formal approval to grant 21 thousand metric tons of wheat to Balochistan. The CM underscored that the Punjab government is providing wheat to their Balochistan brothers by sacrificing its share in order to promote provincial harmony. He said that our intentions are noble and right from the outset and Allah Almighty has always granted positive fruits owing to keeping pure intentions. “We have tried to the utmost to provide maximum relief to the common man. We are moving forward by taking along the thinking of Imran Khan. Imran Khan is our quaid and an honest leader.”
The CM stated that he tried his level best to resolve the problem of one whom he listened or came to know.CM thanked the Cabinet, Punjab Assembly, police, administration and media team. The Punjab Cabinet granted a conditional approval to accord Mianwali the status of a division and the Mianwali division will comprise district Mianwali and district Bhakkar. Mianwali will formally be granted the status of a division after the completion of delimitation process of union councils. A conditional approval was granted to make Multan Khurd a tehsil of Talagang. A conditional approval was granted to accord a district status to Jampur along with granting conditional approval to make Dajjal and Muhammad Pur as new tehsils of Jampur during the meeting.
The Cabinet paid rich tributes to the efforts and services of late MNA Sardar Jaffar Khan Leghari for making Jampur a district. After the completion of delimitation work of the union councils Jampur will be granted the formal status of a district along with granting Dajjal, Muhammad Pur and Multan Khurd the formal status of a tehsil. Approval was granted to link 36 km long road from Mianwali to Daudkhel with the CPEC interchange. Approval was granted to link 33 km long Lakki Thamey Wali road with the CPEC interchange. Approval was granted to pardon the sentence of minority prisoners on completing their religious education.
A principle approval was granted to pardon the sentence of prisoners on completing TEVTA courses. Approval was given for the recruitment of approved 2500/ Jail Wardens. Approval was granted to extend contract of the staff members of Punjab Thalassemia and Genetic Disorder along with Prevention and Research Institute. Approval was granted for the issuance of funds to transfer official residences in GOR on solar energy. Approval was also given for the issuance of funds to transfer The Lahore High Court building on solar energy. Approval was granted on the decision to install a lift for the petitioners and elderly lawyers in LHC.
Approval was granted to establish new court rooms in Faisalabad. Approval was given to grant 100 percent special allowance for the officers and staff members of Prosecution Department and Directorate General Public Relations. Approval was granted for the recruitment of Assistant Food Controller, Food Inspector Food Supervisors in the Food Department. Approval was given for grant in aid for the Supreme Court Bar Association, and for Sheikhupura, Talagang and other bar associations. Approval was granted to appoint Managing director of Punjab Safe Cities Authority. Approval was granted to formulate rules and regulations for the appointment of vice chancellor of Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi and for the research committee.
The chief minister highly appreciated full cooperation and support of the chief secretary, inspector general, all secretaries, commissioners, RPOs and district administration. He thanked the cabinet members on the establishment of Khatamun Nabiyeen (PBUH) University. The Punjab cabinet paid glowing tributes to Parvez Elahi on account of rendering services for public welfare.
The cabinet duly acknowledged and eulogized Elahi for always working for the welfare and well-being of the common man. The Cabinet members lauded CM Parvez Elahi for continuously standing with Imran Khan like a solid rock. Special prayer was offered for the integrity and stability of the country and nation.