Lahore, July 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Punjab government had taken revolutionary steps for the development of the province and welfare of the masses during the last five years and would continue to serve the people with the same spirit. He said that all out resources will be spent on the welfare of the people.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab government is introducing health insurance scheme for the first time in the history of the country. He said that initially this scheme will be started in four districts and later its scope would be gradually extended to all districts of the province. He said that besides laptops scheme, a programme of distribution of Tablets among the brilliant students has been evolved at school level and digital libraries would also be established.
Shahbaz Sharif disclosed that after the provincial metropolis, the scope of solid waste management is being extended to other six districts of the province. He said that such a system would also be introduced in rural areas first time for which best companies would be selected. The Chief Minister also constituted a committee to make internship programme more effective which will submit its recommendations within next seven days.
He expressed these views while presiding over a high-level meeting here today which reviewed in detail the implementation on ongoing and new initiatives in the province. Provincial Ministers Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Tanveer Aslam Malik, Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretaries and senior officers of the concerned departments attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that the steps taken by the Punjab government for the uplift of education sector and equipping the youth with modern knowledge are unprecedented. He said that laptops were distributed among talented boy and girl students only on merit first time in the history of the country.
He said that a programme of distribution of Tablets and setting up of digital libraries at school level has also been evolved this year. Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government purchased laptops of billions of rupees and it would be mandatory on the companies providing computers and Tablets to set up their manufacturing units in Punjab.
He said that initially health insurance scheme will be started from Hafizabad, Chakwal, Rajanpur and Layyah and later on, its scope will be expanded to the whole province. He said that according to the data of NADRA, only very poor people would benefit from this scheme. The Chief Minister said that an autonomous company would be set up for health insurance.
He directed Secretary Health to evolve and submit a comprehensive plan within ten days with the consultation of private companies having experience of health insurance. Shahbaz Sharif said that internship programme is another revolutionary step of Punjab government and industrialists should also be consulted to make this programme more comprehensive and effective so that best training could be imparted to the internees for discharging their duties with more confidence in practical life.
He directed to constitute a special committee headed by Minister for Industry and comprising Chairman Planning and Development, Secretary Health, Secretary Industry, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board and Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board which would submit its recommendations within seven days with regard to making the internship programme more effective.
The Chief Minister said that the solid waste management progrmame is going on successfully with the help of Turkey in the provincial metropolis and it has been decided to expand its scope to Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Multan.
He directed that best companies and persons should be selected for this purpose whereas TMAs will have no concern with this system. He directed that training should be provided to the officials of these companies by the Turk and local persons and this system be started by October 1.
He said that the cleanliness system in rural areas is also very poor and solid waste management programme would also be started in rural areas for its reformation. He also directed to constitute a committee for evolving a system in this regard.
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