LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the department concerned for taking immediate steps for checking violence against women and redressing their grievances.

The CM said this while addressing a meeting through video link at Civil Secretariat on Tuesday. He said that the departments relevant to protection of the rights of women and saving them from violence should work in a coordinated

“Women comprise a major portion of the society and the development targets cannot be achieved without bringing them into mainstream of development,” the CM held. He issued instructions for setting up a steering committee headed by Provincial Minister for Home Shuja Khanzada and Minister for Population Welfare Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz and directed that the committee should present a sustainable project regarding establishment of the centers for the protection of women against violence and other issues.

The committee will comprise women MPAs and secretaries of concerned departments. Salman Sufi gave a briefing to the meeting regarding the project of setting up centers throughout the province for immediate redressal of the grievances of women who have been victim of violence.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif also addressed a meeting through video link regarding reforms in traffic and excise & taxation system. He said that provision of best services to the masses is the agenda of the government and speedy measures should be adopted for improving this system.

He said that capacity of the concerned departments has been built through the use of information technology. He said that information technology can help in improving the system of registration of vehicles, their sale and purchase, receipt of token tax, checking of vehicles, issuance of fitness certificates and other issues.

The chief minister constituted a committee headed by Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation and directed that the committee should consider the matters regarding traffic system, reforms in excise & taxation and other affairs and submit comprehensive recommendations within a week.