Current ADP best in history of province, says Shahbaz

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the government has evolved the biggest annual development programme (ADP) in the history of the province for the current fiscal year and record funds of Rs 345 billion have been allocated for development projects.

He said that huge resources of Rs 119 billion had been earmarked for the development of various districts of South Punjab. He said that hard work and professionalism was needed for the achievement of the targets of the ADP.

He was presiding over a meeting regarding the ADP for the year 2014-15 on Thursday.

Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Mujtba Shuja ur Rehman, Member Provincial Assembly Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, the chief secretary, the planning and development chairman, finance secretary and other officers concerned were also present.

transport: Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting of Punjab Metro Bus Authority on Thursday which approved its budget for the year 2014-15.

The meeting also gave approval to purchase of 68 buses for Rawalpindi/Islamabad metro bus project besides necessary measures with regard to the orange line metro train project.

He said the foundation stone of metro bus project in Multan would be laid on August 14. He said that the measures taken by the government for the improvement of transport system had yielded positive results.

IDPs: Affluent people, industrialists, traders and assembly members met Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday and presented him cheques for four crore and 35 lakh rupees for the Chief Minister Relief Fund for IDPs. On behalf of industrialists, traders and well-to-do people of Multan, Multan District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal presented cheques for more than three crore rupees to the chief minister.

Tariq Mahmood, chief executive officer of a bank, presented a cheque for one crore rupees, Member Provincial Assembly Ch Ashfaq Ahmed for Rs 1 million, PML-N Sargodha President Shahnawaz Ranjha for Rs 500,000 and Ayub Izhar of a developers group gave a cheque for Rs 2 million to Chief Minister Relief Fund.

Yellow Cab: Shahbaz Sharif has said the government is implementing various programmes for the empowerment and provision of employment opportunities to the youth. He said the Yellow Cab Scheme was being started from October this year under which 50,000 vehicles would be given to the unemployed youth on soft terms.

He said this while presiding over a high level meeting on Thursday which reviewed various proposals for launching of Yellow Cab Scheme under the Self-Employment Programme. (Courtesy: The News)