Uplift process won’t be affected by coronavirus pandemic: Punjab CM
June 17, 2020
LAHORE (92 News) – Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said the pace of the development process will not be affected due to the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the development budget has been increased by Rs5 billion despite difficult economic conditions. Talking to the MPAs from Attock, Rawalpindi, Jhelum and other cities at his office on Wednesday, the CM assured that fruits of development will reach to every district of the province and there would be no discrimination in the distribution of development funds. “Ongoing development projects will be completed on priority basis and proposals of assembly members will be given importance in this regard,” he added. The CM stated that DHQ and THQ hospitals will be upgraded. “New mother-and-child hospitals will be constructed with an amount of Rs Rs11.5 billion. Similarly, Rs1 billion is provided for the provision of health facilities in 196 BHUs,” he maintained. He stated that different projects, including water treatment plants and supply and drainage of wastewater, will be completed in 16 districts with an amount of Rs32 billion. He added that wastewater treatment plants will be installed in five districts. The Punjab Municipal Programme has been started for providing basic local bodies facilities with an amount of Rs23 billion, he added. Usman Buzdar said that Rs10 billion have been earmarked in the new budget for the completion of phase-2 of Naya Pakistan, Manzalain Aasan Programme. “PPIC-III Project is being started in Rawalpindi with an amount of Rs9.25 billion,” he added. He maintained that the economy has been slowed down due to the coronavirus pandemic; therefore, the Punjab government has given a tax exemption worth Rs 56 billion to small businesses. “The daily life has been changed due to coronavirus and the citizens can help overcome the spread of this disease by following SOPs. The worst-hit areas are being sealed and every necessary step will be taken to protect the lives of the citizens,” he added. Those who called on CM included Deputy Speaker Punjab Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari, Provincial Minister Malik Asad Ali Khokhar, assembly members including Mian Muhammad Farrukh, Mumtaz Manika, Ahmad Shah Khagha, Muhammad Naeem, Sardar Ahmad Ali Khan Dareshak and Muhammad Ashraf Khan Rind, Syed Yawar Abbas Bukhari, Raja Sagheer Ahmad, Ch. Muhammad Adnan, Umer Tanveer, Ejaz Khan, Malik Taimoor Masood, Raja Yawar Kamal Khan, Tahir Randhawa and Zafar Iqbal.