THE PML(N)'s performance, given Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif's promise of good governance, does not seem to be outstanding. Its commitment is not in doubt, but concurrently it would be worth the effort to consider its achievements and failings. First, the good work it has done. Of late, the Chief Minister has been striving to improve the standard of education and has brought about reforms that would be lauded by both students and teachers. His announcement, for instance, of upgrading the scales of primary and elementary school teachers will help a lot in removing the prevalent sense of deprivation among teachers. Not just that, he also announced regularization of all lecturers who were appointed on contract basis and abolished the examination fee being charged from both regular and private students. These measures indicate the seriousness on the part of the PML(N) in improving the education sector. Nonetheless, there have been other occurrences, which would appear to be a far cry from the goal of good governance, or the PML(N)'s promised objectives. It facilitated the election of Abdul Qadir Gilani, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son, unopposed as the chairman of Punjab Assembly's Public Accounts Committee. This is an obvious case of favouritism and has earned the PML(N) the ire of the committee members who are wondering why the deserving ones were neglected. In protest, PML(F) MPA and former federal state minister Ahmed Mahmood tendered his resignation as member of the committee. Worse still, there have been reports of PML(N)'s legislators and other associates of the CM patronizing the land mafia and getting hold of large chunks of state-owned land by illegal means. The encroachment on the judicial colony is a case in point. A PML(N) MPA on Thursday stopped a demolition squad from removing the illegal structures and the construction work in the judicial colony in Harbanspura. This flies in the face of the CM's policy of cracking down on the land mafia and ensuring rule of law. It violates the very basic principle on the basis of which the PML(N) top brass claims it is running the government. The party ought to put its act together and get on with addressing the problems faced by the public. This would invariably repair the damage done to its reputation. There should be little doubt that the party's top leadership seems committed to serving the people in the manner in which it had promised, it is obligatory on it, at the same time to ensure that all cadres within the party, down to the lowest level, adhere to the party's manifesto.