LAHORE A meeting of the provincial cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at the CM Secretariat here Monday which gave approval to Simplified Punjab Power Generation Policy 2006 - Draft Amendments and Punjab Forest (Amendment) Act, 2010. The meeting also approved annual report of Provincial Ombudsman for the year 2009 besides reviewing law and order situation in detail. Inspector General of Police was directed on this occasion to present recommendations in the next meeting for the postings and transfers in the Police Department at the lower level. It was also decided that Public Safety Commission would be set up for quick dispensation of justice to the common man and curbing excesses in the police stations. The meeting further decided to impose a complete ban on the use of forest land for any other purpose. Addressing the meeting, the CM said energy crisis was adversely affecting industrial, agricultural, trade and other sectors. He said there was a need for completion of the projects of power generation from alternate sources on war-footing for the development of country. He said Punjab government had decided to amend Punjab Power Generation Policy 2006 to simplify and make it more attractive for investors. He said that complications in power generation projects had been removed and redtapism had been eliminated. He said that Punjab government had created a favourable environment for investment in the province and after amendments in the power generation policy, the investors should come forward and invest in this sector. He said that Punjab Power Development Company Limited (PPDCL) and Punjab Coal Mining Company had also been set up for executing power generation projects. He praised the efforts of Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed and energy expert Nadeem Babar for formulating the new Punjab Energy Policy and said that it would yield far-reaching results. He said that maintenance of law and order and protection of life and property of the people was the top priority of the government and maximum resources were being utilised for this purpose. He said that a separate Anti-Terrorist Department was being set up in the province as it was the need of the hour. He said that the officials posted in the department would be highly trained and equipped with the modern weapons. The CM said that a comprehensive monitoring system should be evolved for improving the performance of police while a transparent system should be developed for transfer/posting of officers and staff and strictly implemented. He said that no matter how honest and hardworking police officers were posted at the higher level, the desired results could not be achieved unless performance of police was improved at the lower level. He said that police stations were still the hotbed of corruption and excesses and how could justice be dispensed to the poor if Police supported criminals and hooligans, he questioned. Mentioning the Pasrur incident, he said that former Tehsil Naib Nazim Waheed Murad was involved in a number of heinous crimes including murder but the police covered up his crimes and did not take any action against him. He said that after four incidents of rape in Sialkot district and murder of a labourer in the torture cell of the former naib nazim, the concerned DPO should have been deeply concerned, but he acted only after he ordered action against the accused.