AHMEDPUR EAST

Despite the lapse of one and half months, the committee constituted by the Punjab Chief Minister on the demand of PML-N MPA Qazi Adnan Farid to draft recommendations for awarding district status to Tehsil Ahmedpur East although the committee tasked with submitting its report within ten days.

It is to be recalled that in October, MPA Qazi Adnan Farid called on Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore and conveyed demands of local population including the long-standing demand for district status to Ahmedpur East. At which CM Shahzab Sharif ordered constitution of a committee headed by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for the submission of its recommendations within ten days of its constitution. However, the Committee chairman has appeared indifferent so far and has not even bothered to convene, put the long-standing demand in limbo.

Citizens expressed grave concern over the delaying tactics of the rulers and alleged that they had made tall claims during election campaign but now they appeared to have been forgotten their promises. They alleged that Sharifs and Manzoor Wattoo being Chief Minister in their previous regimes never constituted committees to award district status to any area in south Punjab and announced new districts in public meetings but unfortunately former Bahawalpur province was being neglected and not a single district came into existence since the merger of former Bahawalpur state in 1954. They urged both PM Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to fulfil their election commitments and restore Bahawalpur province immediately along with the establishment of new districts in former Bahawalpur province.

Rs2.5m uplift: The Tehsil Municipal Administration will execute six development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs2.5m in city Ahmedpur East and Bahawalpur DCO Imran Sikandar Baloch has given the go-ahead for its implementation. This was stated by TMO Rana Mehboob Alam while talking to newsmen here. He informed that under the project community hall near the Municipal Library would be repaired and renovated while construction of Mamoon Park and Qainchi Morr near KLP Road would also be completed. Similarly iron crosses will be laid in Muhallah Abbasia and repair of PCC and sewer line in Qazi Burhan Fareed along with remaining repair work of different streets will be finalized.

To a question, the TMO said that after assuming the charge of his office in September last, he reactivated the Complaint Cell established in the TMA Office.