LAHORE   -   Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over a high-level meeting at Civil Secretariat here yesterday that reviewed public welfare schemes and ongoing projects in backward areas.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that development schemes in backward areas, especially southern Punjab, should be completed within the timeframe and concerned departments should proactively work to provide relief to people living in far-flung areas. He said that early completion of clean drinking water schemes and development projects relating to healthcare and education should be ensured. He said the Punjab government will set up land centres in remote areas under the land record information management system. Identification of land has been completed for setting up land centres, which would provide facilities to people of backward localities. “It is our job to provide facilities to the general public at their doorsteps,” he added. “Any delay in completion of ongoing schemes aimed at providing quality health and education to backward areas is intolerable,” he said.

Buzdar expressed his strong indignation over delay in some schemes and reprimanded the concerned officers. He made it clear that negligence in providing better facilities of healthcare to the common man is not tolerable. “You people are busy in drafting PC-1 while general public badly needs healthcare facilities. Now affairs would not be run like this,” he added. He said that one has to work on an emergency basis and any paper work won’t help anymore. “Practical steps should be taken instead of any photo session and real results should be shown. Instructions should be followed in letter and spirit,” he added. He said that difficulties of people should be understood and action should be taken against those failing to solve problems of the common man. He said that special attention has been paid to social sector development in annual development programme. Education, healthcare, provision of clean drinking water and durable development of other sectors are main priorities and a realistic ADP is being designed for these sectors. “We have identified priorities for the prosperity of people and rights will be given to people belonging to southern Punjab and other less-developed areas. Funds have been increased for development of backward areas,” he said. He said that fruits of development projects will reach the common man if they are completed well in time. “That is why a system of regular monitoring of welfare schemes has been designed,” he said. The chief minister said that he knows problems of backward areas as he belongs to the most backward area. He directed the concerned officials to achieve the targets of different sectors, including health, education, agriculture, industry and clean drinking water.

The chief secretary, SMBR, ACS (Home) and secretaries of concerned departments attended the meeting.

Separately, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives in road accidents in DG Khan and Rajanpur. He extended sympathies with the bereaved families and directed the administration to provide best treatment facilities to the injured. He has also sought a report about the accidents.

Also, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar took notice of murder of a woman and her daughter in Jahania and sought a report from the Punjab Police inspector general. He directed the officials to investigate the murder and arrest the culprits at the earliest.