LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Education, Transport and Excise and Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has said that the promotion of education is the best way to save children from social evils and exploitation. He said that the Punjab government has presented a record budget of Rs 193.5 billion to provide maximum facilities to the people. He said that Rs 68 billion and 25 crore would be spent in the upcoming fiscal year for Social Welfare, Education, Health and water supply and drainage projects which are 40 per cent more than the previous fiscal years allocation for these sectors. He said that Rs 23 billion and 30 crore have been allocated for the education sector, which is 8 per cent more than that of the previous year. He expressed these views at the briefing session for MPAs on annual budget 2010-11 at 90-SQA regarding education, excise and taxation, transport and other departments. The meeting was attended by Provincial Ministers, Members Provincial Assembly besides Chairman P&D, SMBR and Provincial Secretaries. The Secretaries briefed about the new fiscal year budget regarding their respective departments and answered the questions of the MPAs. Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said that 1000 schools would be upgraded at the cost of rupees six billion in fiscal year 2010-11. He informed that four billion rupees have been allocated to upgrade more than 800 primary schools and two billion rupees have been allocated to upgrade 200 middle schools. He said that Rs 6.35 billion would be spent on development schemes of the High Education Department and 18 crore rupees would be spent on the construction of postgraduate blocks at every district headquarter. Later, the question answer session was held and administrator secretaries answered the questions regarding their respective departments raised by the MPAs. Protest against blasphemous contest continue The protest demonstration against the blasphemous caricatures continued on Wednesday under the banner of Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool and Jamat-ud-Dawa. According to the press statement issued by Jamat-ud-Dawa, the protestors at Lahore, Hujra Shah Muqeem, Khudian, Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Okara, and Jehlum demanded of the government to make social and economical boycott of the Denmark, Norway, Germany and America as the governments of these countries were involved in hurting the sentiments of Muslims all over the world. Meanwhile, the Deaf and Dumb section of Jamaat-ud-Dawa also held an emergency meeting against the blasphemy at Gujranwala. The participants pledged to make every sacrifice for the honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). In other cities, the protesters holding banners and placard took to the street. They chanted slogans against the western countries and the silence of the Pakistan government on the issue. They urged every individual to participate in protests against the blasphemous caricatures.