LAHORE - Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government is striving to overcome electricity shortage and working on various projects including electricity through coal gasification and a Hydropower project at Taunsa that has the potential to produce 120-MW electricity. The Chief Minister was talking to LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali, Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik, Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh and Executive Committee members Syed Mohammad Umair, Syed Mahmood Ghaznzvi, Munir Ahmad Bhatti, Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad, Muhammad Arshad Baig, Rana Siddiq-ur-Rehman, Shakil Ahmad, Tariq Mehmood, Hassan Amjad, Sheikh Muhammad Irfan, Nasir Saeed, Usman Ghani, Faisal Iqbal Sheikh, M. Yousaf Shah, Mudassar Masood Chaudhry, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Ashraf Bhatti, Faheem-ur-Rehman and Anwaar A. Sheikh who called on him to present a Rs 10 million cheque for rehabilitation of Swat affectees here at Chief Minister House on Monday. The Chief Minister urged the private sector to come forward and participate in these projects for the cause of progress and prosperity. Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that the government understands well that the entire industrial sector was facing the shortage of skilled manpower therefore it was giving special attention towards the formation of policy framework to overcome this shortage. He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry being the premier chamber of the country should also give its input to this regard so that the industrial sector could be able to work to its full capacity. The Chief Minister said that the present government was thankful to the traders, industrialists and the farmers for their untiring efforts for the prosperity of this nation and we were ready to extend them cooperation in their endeavours aimed at supplementing the government measures to eradicate unemployment and poverty. Mian Shahbaz Sharif, who spent over an hour with the LCCI office-bearers and the Executive Committee members, gave a patient hearing to all the Executive Committee members individually and issued necessary directions on the spot. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali, Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik and Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh thanked the Chief Minister for sparing time for the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They said that the delay in the completion of Expo Centre was hitting the economy hard therefore the Punjab government should take up the issue with the Federal Government for its on time completion. The LCCI office-bearers also urged the Chief Minister to drop the idea of construction of overhead bridge at Kasuri Road, Gulberg that was bound to hit the investments hard. They said that instead of constructing Overhead Bridge, the government should make an underpass over there. They also requested the Chief Minister to issue necessary directions for the removal of LEFCO Tool Plaza situated at Kot Abdul Malik as the same was unnecessarily hampering industrial activities in that part of the province. The Chief Minister also gave away shields to LCCI Executive Committee Members later.