LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Punjab government is starting low-cost housing schemes in the province, which will fulfill the dream of the homeless people. He said that every basic facility will be provided in these high quality housing schemes. He said that allotment of all the houses would be carried out through balloting in a transparent manner where 20 per cent quota would be allocated for widows and orphans and five percent for the disabled persons. The Chief Minister said this while addressing a meeting on the occasion of his visit regarding construction of a low-cost housing scheme at Rakh Ladhe Ache near Sue Aasil on Thursday. Chairman Planning and Development, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Advisory Council, Secretary Housing, Commissioner Lahore Division, Chairman Punjab Land Development Company and other concerned authorities were also present on the occasion. The CM said all resources are being made available for the welfare of the common man and uplift of the province under the leadership of PML-N Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He said that deprived segments of the society have as much right over the national resources as the elite and for this purpose the Punjab government has initiated various welfare oriented programmes. He said that revolutionary measures like low-cost housing scheme, five-marla scheme for shelter-less people in rural areas and distribution of state land among landless cultivators and agriculture graduates are reflective of the fact that service to the people is our mission and we are making strenuous efforts round the clock for its achievement. He said that tradition of corruption-free culture and transparent, timely and high quality completion of development projects has been revived in the province after 10 years and revolutionary projects such as Sagian and Shalimar Interchanges, Ring Road Package 6 and 7, Madre-Millat Road, Shoukat Ali Road and setting up of IT labs are its proof. He said that a comprehensive strategy has been adopted for the progress of less developed areas at par with the developed ones and development projects worth billions of rupees are being speedily executed in southern Punjab, adding that the project of Danish Schools has also been started from Bahawalpur Division. Similarly, work on infrastructure improvement, construction of new hospitals and Veterinary University projects is also under way, he added. Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab Land Development Company has been set up to construct low-cost housing scheme which will build high quality homes for low-income people. The standard of these homes will not be less than that of corporate sector homes, he added. He said that first time in the province a comprehensive policy has been adopted to promote horticulture under which maximum tree plantation would be carried out in future for providing better atmosphere to the people as well as bringing green revolution in all the development schemes. He said that Rakh Ladhe Ache near Sue Aasil is a suitable site to construct low cost housing scheme at 400 acres. He said that besides construction of a mid-rise building at Rakh Ladhe Ache, multi-storey buildings culture should also be promoted in the province. He said that provision of all basic facilities like roads, transport, playgrounds, dispensary and a school should be ensured in this scheme besides prompt measures should be taken to link the schemes roads to Ferozpur Road. He directed the Commissioner Lahore to immediately evolve a plan in this regard. He said that Punjab Land Development Company with the completion of quality low-cost housing schemes in a transparent manner will introduce a new culture in the province. Earlier, Commissioner, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Chairman Planning & Development and Secretary Housing gave briefing regarding the project to the Chief Minister. Chairman Punjab Land Development Company, Secretary Advisory Council and other experts also gave their suggestions in this regard.