PML-N govt will remove heads of all loss-making enterprises: Ahsan Iqbal

LAHORE: The PML-N will immediately remove the heads of all the loss-making public sector enterprises after taking the charge of the government and appointing competent Pakistanis who will end corruption and nepotism from these institutions.

The PML-N’s central leader Ahsan Iqbal has said that heads and chief executives of loss-making state-owned enterprises including Pakistan Steel, PIA, Pakistan Railways and National Shipping Corporation would be removed with an objective to end the financial haemorrhaging worth Rs450 billion annually to the national exchequer.

“Applications for these apex posts will be advertised in media on the very first day of the new federal government and competent Pakistanis will be appointed with major task to end corruption and nepotism in the loss-making public sector enterprises and make them self-dependent,” Ahsan Iqbal said while talking to the members of Lahore Economic Journalists Association (LEJA) Wednesday.

The PML-N government after taking the charge will remove the heads on the first day of the government. The plan has been evolved to take the briefed Ahsan Iqbal on the working of the association.

Ahsan Iqbal said the new government was elected with inherited energy crisis, financial constraints, poor law and order and bad governance at the worst critical level of country’s history. However, the PML-N is committed to make every possible effort to mitigate the sufferings of people due to power outages. In this regard, short-term and long term measures are being taken, he added. “But it will be illogical to give any deadline for ending loadshedding. This may lead to media trial of the new government,” Ahsan said. The PML-N leadership has evolved its strategy to control the energy crisis as well as bring down the cost of energy generation. The focus of the PML-N government will be on coal, hydel, natural gas and solar power generation which are all indigenous resources.

The PML-N believed that without utilising the indigenous power generation resources, cheap energy will not available, he mentioned. On the other hand, the cheap and smooth energy is also vital for industrial and agricultural growth of Pakistan, he added. He said a five-year development plan for Punjab province was being developed. All the future budgets of the province would be prepared in line with this plan.

Ahsan Iqbal said the PML-N wanted to make Punjab a model economy for other provinces and the federation. He claimed that the Punjab government had adopted zero tolerance for corruption over the last five years and added that a similar policy would be adopted at federal and Balochistan level for the next five years. To bring the all stakeholders on board, the Punjab Governance and Development Conference is planned within the next couple of days after the Punjab chief minister takes oath of the office, he said.

In this conference, the Punjab government will chalk out long term policies and develop next five years budget of the province with the consultations of all the stakeholders, Ahsan Iqbal disclosed. He said the PML-N while having federal government and enjoying rule in Punjab and Balochistan, would extend every possible support to the governments of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “It is time to compete in performance only, not in the fields of ‘dharnas’ and strikes,” he added. (Courtesy: The News)