Strict monitoring of development projects will be correct utilization of funds: CM

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that strict monitoring of development projects will be done to ensure transparency and correct utilization of funds in the province. In this regard, CMIT, ACE and other departments have been given the responsibility to monitor the development schemes and an effective monitoring mechanism has also been designed for the monitoring of different development projects including the DG Khan Development Package.

The Chief Minister has directed to implement the monitoring mechanism in letter and spirit adding that all the line departments should ensure transparency and monitoring process at every level. Usman Buzdar also directed to keep him abreast of the progress on daily basis adding that no compromise will be made on the quality of construction work. He said that high quality of public welfare schemes will also be ensured and added that correct utilization of public funds can be ensured by maintaining high quality of the development schemes. I am the custodian of the public resources and no one will be allowed to waste the resources in the province. I will keep an eye on the monitoring mechanism and any delay or leniency will not be tolerated in the development schemes. The CMIT, ACE and other line departments should also ensure strict monitoring of the process to complete the schemes well in time, he added.

New system of issuing ownership deeds through banks: A new system is being introduced to issue ownership deeds of lands through commercial banks in the province. In this regard, a high-level meeting was held in the CM Office with Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in the chair on Tuesday. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that separate counters will be established in the banks to issue ownership deeds and this step will further facilitate the people to get ownership deeds of their lands. Punjab government has also decided to start online issuing of ownership deeds and this system will be activated from July first. He directed that the system of depositing revenue dues at every land record center should be introduced and added that the project of extending the scope of land record centers should be completed as soon as possible. Land record centers should be established in government buildings on permanent basis, he added. He said that immediate disposal of public complaints relating to revenue matters is essential as any delay in public welfare project is painful because I cannot remain happy over the pain and misery of the people. He said that enforcement of land utilization policy should be ensured after its early approval and the settlement process should be completed as soon as possible in DG Khan Division. He said that a transparent system of promoting farming will be introduced by giving state land on lease. The Chief Minister made it clear that public complaints about corruption of revenue staff are not tolerable and added that helpline/ call center should be further activated to overcome the corruption in revenue department. Minister for Revenue Malik Muhammad Anwar, Chairman P&D, SMBR, secretaries of C&W and finance departments, DG Punjab Land Record Authority and others attended the meeting.

CM message on World Day Against Child Labour: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that child labour is a socio-economic issue with multiple factors behind it. In his message, the Chief Minister said that child labour is a criminal offence as children are like flowers and protection of the rights of the children is a collective responsibility of the society. Children are national asset and giving attention to their upbringing and education is a responsibility of every person, he said. Child labour can be eliminated through consistent efforts and the people should also realize their responsibility in this regard. He said that comprehensive steps have been taken to overcome this menace through effective legislation. Complete elimination of child labour is our mission and every effort will be made in this regard so that the children could remain safe from this social menace, he added. This day requires that every segment of the society should play its effective role to save the society from the menace of child labour. The purpose of observing this day is to educate the people about the hazardous effects of the child labour. We should also reiterate our commitment and accelerate our efforts of eliminating the child labour from the society, the Chief Minister concluded.

CM expresses grief over the loss of lives in accident: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives in an accident on motorway near Hafizabad. He expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved heirs. He directed the administration to provide best medical facilities to the injured and sought a report from the administration.

CM condoles loss of lives in an accident in Baluchistan: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives in an accident in Winder area of Baluchitan. He expressed heartfelt sympathies with the heirs and prayed for early recovery of the injured.

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