CHIEF Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday said that the programme of land record computerisation would be completed by 2014 in the province and it would facilitate the people in acquiring ownership and transfer deeds of their properties as well as rid them of Patwari and Tehsildar culture.
The chief minister said that a programme had been evolved to launch Aashiyana housing schemes throughout Punjab to provide shelter to the poor. He said that time to deliver speeches was over and now it was time to work. He said that load-shedding problem would have to be resolved by utilizing all energies and resources on war-footing. He said that relief would be provided to the people by changing public problems into opportunities and an era of progress and prosperity would be ushered in Punjab.
He was talking to Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir, Minister of State for Housing Usman Ibrahim, Minister for Industry and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Member National Assembly Hafiz Abdul Karim and Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan who met him at the Chief Minister’s Office.
The chief minister said that the federal government was facing a circular debt of more than Rs.500 billion while there was electricity theft of Rs.207 billion per year.
The nation was under a burden of 60 billion dollars but some influential persons were involved in the theft of electricity, natural gas and furnace oil worth billion of rupees per month, he lamented. He said that the government would take indiscriminate action against the elements involved in the theft of electricity and gas.
Shahbaz Sharif said that, undoubtedly, energy crisis had posed a threat to the survival of the country and availability of electricity was essential for its bright future. He said that controlling energy crisis was a big challenge but the PML-N government had accepted it and it would definitely succeed in resolving this problem through collective wisdom and tireless efforts. He said that the Punjab government would continue to struggle to change the traditional Thana culture as the people were still afraid of visiting police stations. He said that the historic mandate given to the PML-N demanded that immediate measures should be taken for controlling load-shedding and the people are rid of Thana and Patwari culture.
The CM said that the responsibility given to the present government with the grace of Allah Almighty would be discharged efficiently. He said that the people had rejected those elements in general elections who were involved in corruption, loot and oppression and reposed confidence in an honest, hardworking and capable leadership. He said that the PML-N government would spare no effort for the promotion of good governance and elimination of corruption while no compromise would be made on merit and transparency.
Shahbaz Sharif said that corruption was weakening the foundations of the country and all-out effort was needed to root out this scourge. He said that a major portion of the country’s population comprised of youth and the destiny of the nation could be changed by providing them opportunities of development. He said that the Punjab government was launching several projects for the development and welfare of the youth, including provision of interest-free loans, internship programme for graduates and other projects.
The chief minister said that, in view of the historic mandate, elected representatives should utilize all their energies for solution of people’s problems and set examples of public service. He said that relief should be provided to the masses through honesty and hard work.
(Courtesy: The News)