LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Thursday chaired a meeting to decide the launch of Khadim Punjab Green Roads Programme in the rural areas. The meeting also approved allocation of Rs15 billion for the programme.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said the programme would better transportation and communication system in rural areas. He said the roads rehabilitation programme will lead to economic growth. He said all roads constructed under the programme will be carpeted while carpeting of roads of flood-affected areas will also be undertaken.

The chief minister issued directives for maintaining the roads and formations of committees under to divisional commissioners to look after these roads. He said that besides repair and construction of roads, drainage system should also be constructed.

He said that tree plantation should also be carried out on both sides of the roads. Shahbaz said that the policy of third-party audit will be adopted for evaluating the standard of the roads. Issuing instructions for developing databank of all small and big roads in the province, he directed that Punjab Information Technology Board should prepare digital record of all roads and concerned institutions should work with mutual coordination. The chief minister said that he will personally monitor the programme of repair and construction of roads in rural areas and review the pace of progress on fortnightly basis.

The Communication and Works Secretary briefed the meeting about the programme. Provincial Minister for Communication and Works Tanvir Aslam Malik, Minister for Agriculture Dr. Farrukh Javed, Parliamentary Secretary C&W Naeem Akhtar Khan, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretaries of Agriculture and Information Departments and concerned officers were present.

Also, the CM presided over a meeting Thursday on setting up of the facilitation centers across the province to serve citizens under one roof.

The chief minister constituted a committee under the additional chief secretary to present a comprehensive plan on establishment of facilitation centers in all districts and drafting law of Right to Service Act within a week.  The Punjab Information Technology Board chairman briefed the meeting about the project.

Addressing the meeting, the CM said that the provision of prompt and best services to the citizens is agenda of the government. He said that facilitation centers will be set up in all districts of the province for providing various services to the citizens under one roof. He said that establishment of facilitation centers will save the people from the inconvenience of visiting different offices for availing services.

He said that provision of facilities to the people and public service is a mission of the government and billions of rupees are being spent on the projects aimed at providing relief to the common man. He said that instead of constructing new buildings for setting up facilitation centers, the already existing buildings should be utilized for this purpose and a survey be conducted in the province for this purpose. The chief minister said that the project of setting up centers for provision of services to the citizens under one roof is of vital importance and all out measures should be taken for its speedy completion. He said that provision of services under one roof will also safe precious time of the citizens. Regarding traffic problems, Shahbaz Sharif directed CTO to take effective measures for streamlining the flow of traffic. He said that people can be provided relief through maintaining smooth flow of traffic.

The meeting was informed that initially 16 services will be provided by different departments under one roof at facilitation centers and the scope of these services will gradually be expanded. Chairman Information Technology Board informed that facilitation centers will provide union council services, birth certificates, ownership deeds, vehicle registration, driving license and other services to the citizens. Work on facilitation center at Rawalpindi has been completed which will soon start functioning. Provincial Minister for Law Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, Inspector General Police, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of Law, Local Government, Excise & Taxation and Transport Departments, Commissioners of Rawalpindi, Lahore, DG LDA and concerned officials were present on the occasion.