LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting of Youth Commission at CMs Secretariat here on Wednesday, which decided in principle to constitute Punjab Youth Council and its format and charter will be formulated in consultation with members of Youth Commission. Members of the Council will decide their role with regard to education, health, potable water, change in Thana culture, elimination of corruption and other reforms in their respective areas and final shape will be given to the charter of Punjab Youth Council till the end of next month. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said talented students selected through a procedure in a transparent manner throughout the province had given valuable suggestions for the reformation of the system in the meetings of Punjab Youth Commission, which showed that the young generation had a spirit and determination to make the country prosperous. He said the Youth Council was also being established for this purpose so that the builders of the country could be included in the process of policy making and development of the society. Only those nations succeed in the world which face the challenges courageously and Pakistani nation particularly young generation is fully capable to resolve the problems being confronted by the country. Although it is a difficult task yet it is not impossible and we along with the new generation will definitely succeed in bringing out the country from the crisis, he opined. He further said the Punjab government initiated numerous welfare projects including Sasti Roti scheme for the poor. The Scheme is being criticised only for the reason that it is for the downtrodden segment of the society and elite has no interest with it. Although there are some flaws in the Scheme yet concrete steps are being taken for removing these flaws but it doesnt mean that the poor should be deprived of their livelihood due to these shortcomings, he said, while pointing out that only those elements were criticising this programme, which had no concern with the welfare of the orphans, widows and the resourceless. It is lamentable that no one raised voice against those who got waived off loans of billions of rupees and committed dacoity in the Bank of Punjab but a welfare project started for the common man is being criticised. Contradictory claims regarding spending billions of rupees on the Scheme are being made and that the province has been made bankrupt due to this, he said. Shahbaz Sharif mentioned that the fact was that only Rs 4.5 billion were spent on the Scheme during last year and Rs 5 billion had also been allocated for this programme this year. The CM said a comprehensive strategy had been evolved for removing the flaws of this programme. He said the members of Youth Commission should participate enthusiastically in this programme and monitor it in their respective areas so that the deserving persons could be ensured their right. The Punjab Youth Council will be free from politics and it will have only the spirit of service to the country and the nation. Young generation will use this platform for accomplishing the mission of putting the country on the road to progress through hard work and devotion, he added. He told the youth that a committee would consider the recommendations to be presented in consultation with Youth Council and give final shape to the charter of the Council. Members of Youth Commission, MNAs, MPAs and officers of various departments gave their suggestions with regard to establishment of Youth Council, its format and charter. Provincial Ministers Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Nadeem Kamran Malik, Members National and Provincial Assemblies, Secretaries of various departments, educationist Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, prominent scholar Ataul Haq Qasmi and representatives of Youth Commission belonging to nine divisions of the province attended the meeting.