LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday the government had promoted the culture of execution of projects with transparency while equal attention was being paid to the uplift of urban and rural areas as well.

Presiding over a high level meeting which reviewed progress of ongoing public-welfare projects here, he said the Punjab government was working on several projects for the balanced development of urban and rural areas and these projects were being completed while ensuring a high standard and transparency.

He said that funds were considered a trust of the nation and being spent only on provision of basic facilities to the masses.

Under the policy of balanced development, mega projects were also being implemented speedily in backward areas and masses were fully benefiting from the big projects completed in education, health, infrastructure and social sectors, he added.

He said that funds of billions of rupees have been saved by ensuring financial discipline and transparency in development projects which was unprecedented in the national history.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the elements criticizing public-welfare projects were not sincere to the masses and the process of public service would continue speedily.

He said that the second phase of Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme was being implemented successfully and this project of construction and rehabilitation of rural roads would change the lifestyle of the people of villages.

He said that a network of hundreds of kilometers long roads would be laid till 2017-18. The chief minister said that the project of supply of potable water had also been started from South Punjab and large number of people living in villages would benefit from this project.

The meeting also reviewed the matters relating to Bab-e-Pakistan Project and gave approval to devising a new master plan of the project.

Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Members Assembly Ch. Muhammad Munir Azhar, Mian Naseer Ahmed, Yasin Sohal, Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal, Chairman PTV, concerned secretaries, Commissioner Lahore Division and senior officials attended the meeting.