LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif yesterday said the Punjab government was implementing a big programme worth billions of rupees for the supply of potable water to the masses.

He presided over a meeting that reviewed matters of Punjab Water Roadmap and Solid Waste Management Roadmap.

Special representative of British Department for International Development (DFID) Sir Michael Barber gave a briefing to the meeting.

The Chief Minister said that provision of drinking water to rural PEOPLE would be ensured under Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani programme.

He said that Saaf Pani programme was a very important project of public welfare and had to be implemented with commitment and determination.

The Chief Minister said that potable water was right of every citizen and Punjab Saaf Pani programme would be closely monitored.

He said that a comprehensive programme be evolved in the light of authentic survey for the improvement of water schemes and filtration plants. He said that there was a need for  reorganization of all water and sanitation agencies for their capacity-building.

Shehbaz Sharif said that recruitment against technical vacancies in these institutions and training programme of the staff be evolved with the consultation of experts. 

He said that potable water was essential for saving citizens from diseases. He said that a healthy society could be  evolved by providing a clean environment to the citizens and  added that there was a need for promoting public awareness  about the importance of cleanliness.

He said that an effective roadmap would have to be evolved and implemented for improvement of the affairs of solid waste management.

He said that targets would have to be achieved with hard work and a sense of responsibility, adding that improvement in living standard of the people and provision of relief to masses was the priority of the government.

Shehbaz Sharif said that all out resources would be provided for provision of better facilities to the citizens.

DFID representative Sir Michael Barber said that the  Punjab government had performed very well with regard to uplift of health and education sectors.

He said that DFID would work with the Punjab government also in water sector, adding that all out cooperation would be extended to provincial government for the supply of drinking water to rural populace of Punjab.

Approval was also given on this occasion to filling approved technical vacancies of Local Government, Public Health Engineering and TMAs as well as training programme of the staff.

Provincial Minister for Housing Tanvir Aslam Malik, Chairman Punjab Saaf Pani Company South Muhammad Kashif MPA, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, concerned secretaries, head of DFID in Punjab Ms. Judith Herbertson and members of roadmap team attended the meeting.