LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has asked the provincial ministers to take further steps for curtailing non-developmental expenditure in their respective departments so to generate more resources for flood affectees rehabilitation. Effective steps are being taken to curtail non-developmental expenditure so that maximum resources can be spent on the rehabilitation of calamity-stricken people. There is a need for adopting a simple lifestyle and put the country on the road to progress and prosperity with a renewed passion and commitment, he said, while addressing a meeting of his cabinet on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed flood losses, relief activities, distribution of Watan Cards and reconstruction programme. The CM said after rescue and relief phase, his government was implementing reconstruction and rehabilitation programme, and modern villages would be constructed for the flood victims. Distribution of cash assistance is underway transparently and so far 69, 611 Watan Cards have been distributed. The Punjab govt plans to provide Rs 10 billion for this purpose from its own budget and this amount is in addition to billions of rupees being spent on the relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees, he added. On the Cabinets concern over the limited supply of Watan Cards, the CM said he wanted to expedite the process of Cards distribution for earliest dismemberment of money, and for this target in view he desired to include other banks in this programme in addition to the present one in a bid to expedite distribution of cash assistance. He maintained that the international agencies had praised the system evolved by the government for the relief assistance and assessment of losses at the donors conference and the departments concerned deserve appreciation. He said more than Rs1 billion had already been donated to his flood relief fund and more donations were pouring in. The houses will be built with the relief fund instead of the govts expenses. Philanthropists and welfare organisations are taking interest in building modern villages, he stressed. According to him, flood-affected people are returning to their homes, and 20,000 more tents are required to the already-provided 50,000. Tuition fee of students in the flood-hit areas has been waived and the govt will bear an expenditure of Rs 300 million for this. He told the meeting that a comprehensive package for farmers to revive agri-economy had been introduced under which free seeds and fertilizers would be provided to farmers, having up to 25 acres. Shahbaz Sharif also added that funds would be released for development projects under the Annual Development Programme in the first week of October. He said about 3,000 schools were damaged, while except a few schools, educational activities had been resumed in all schools and tents had been erected at some places for this purpose. Earlier, Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue and Chairman Planning and Development gave a detailed briefing on flood losses, relief activities, distribution of cash assistance and reconstruction programme. The meeting was informed that restoration of infrastructure had been started and all the projects were being completed transparently, while third-party audit system had also been adopted.