LAHORE - Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa has said that budget of Punjab for the fiscal year 2010-11 is Rs 580 billion out of which Rs 193.50 billion has been allocated for the development programmes which is 58.80 billion more than that of current years revised development budget of Rs 134.70 billion and this is the record development programme in the history of the Punjab. He said main focus of the budget are the poor people that is why subsidy of Rs 21 billion has been given for the welfare and betterment of deprived segment of the society which is 6 billion more than that of the last year. The subsidy of Rs five billion will be given for sasti roti scheme. Similarly, Rs 13 billion for wheat Rs two billion for Ramzan Package and subsidy of Rs 1 billion would be given for the public transport, he added. He described the new provincial budget as realistic and reflective of public aspirations and said that it is the best welfare budget in difficult circumstances. He said that by presenting a tax-free budget, the government has proved that all out resources are being spent on the welfare of the masses and no effort is being spared for the progress and development of the province. He said it is poor friendly, people friendly and pro-development budget in which there is no burden on the poor. While allocating all out resources for the welfare and uplift of the people, the government has proved its commitment to the service of the masses and special emphasis has been laid in the new budget for bringing the backward areas of the province at par with the developed ones, he added. He expressed these views at briefing session for public representatives on annual budget 2010-11 at 90-SQA. The meeting was attended by Provincial Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Muhammad Iqbal Channar, Members Provincial Assembly, Ch Nadeem Khadim, Mian Muhammad Tariq, Salman Rafique, Waris Kallu 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. UVAS, British varsity ink deed The University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) and University of Northampton, United Kingdom have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to pursue a programme of scientific and technical collaboration in technology up-gradation especially in leather sector. The MoU was signed by UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz and University of Northampton Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ann Tate. The MoU signed during Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz's visit to the Northampton University would remain operative for a period of five years. Prior to the UVAS VC's visit to UK, the delegates from UoN had visited UVAS and had a consultative meeting with the vice-chancellor and deans of all faculties. The primary purpose of this accord is to engage both the varsities in collaborative and cooperative efforts in the field of research and technology transfer and skill development to help the students, faculty and industry for synergy and socio-economic growth. Signing this MoU with the University of Northampton will certainly give UVAS a great opportunity to contribute to the development of academic, educational cooperation and promote mutual understanding between the two universities in the field of research, the Registrar of UVAS said. Delinquency intolerable: SSP Traffic SSP Lahore Traffic Police Capt (r) Syed Ahmad Mubeen has said lethargic wardens would be taken with iron hands and a strict action would be initiated against negligent officers. In an official communique issued on Wednesday, the SSP said polite attitude and soft image were the gestures of Traffic Police, which must be continued in future. Ahmad Mubeen further said all the traffic wardens should be committed with their duties and work honestly as it was their moral obligation. Proper training and awareness rules regarding traffic must be imparted to the citizens and the commuters in order to thwart any untoward incident, he further added.