[PICTURES/VIDEOS] Expectations from Maryam Nawaz as Punjab CM

The 10th April incident in the reign of thief minister is what was expected she likely others is a puppet incharge with her strings being pulled mercilessly, wonder what the fake Mandela aka NS thinks of 10/4 incident
 

CM Maryam reviews Punjab law and order, gives nod for special unit on cyber crimes​

(Web Desk) – Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz chaired a special meeting in Murree on Saturday to comprehensively review the law and order situation in the province.

According to a handout issued here, the inspector general of police (IGP) provided a detailed briefing on the overall law and order situation.

During the meeting, it was decided in principle to establish a special unit and provide IT training to staff to combat organised and cyber crimes in the province. Various proposals and recommendations were discussed to take concrete steps to safeguard the lives and property of the people.

Approval was also given to enforce a special audit system to identify corruption and unprofessional conduct within the police force. Police officers and officials found colluding with corrupt mafias and criminals would face special court martial proceedings, the meeting decided.

Additionally, a mechanism for reporting bribery via the CM's special dashboard was approved.

The meeting also reviewed a proposal to establish a border security force to combat smuggling. It was decided to establish a specialised police force to effectively counter all types of crimes. Approval was granted to intensify efforts to eradicate narcotics, and legislation was proposed to impose the death penalty on those convicted of molesting women and children.

CM Maryam instructed strict measures to eliminate the culture of illegal weapons in Punjab, including amendments to relevant laws. She emphasised the need for additional measures to permanently eradicate kite-flying and the use of metallic wire.

"We will provide the latest arms and ammunition, state-of-the-art equipment, night vision technology, and drones," she stated.

The CM ordered a comprehensive crackdown to permanently eliminate terrorism, smuggling and criminal gangs. She also highlighted the importance of streamlining the prosecution and investigation system.

Senior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, the chief secretary and relevant officers attended the meeting.

Source: Dunya News
 
The army guys beat up the Policeman and then uploaded the videos, which they themselves filmed. What is going on?

CM Maryam reviews Punjab law and order, gives nod for special unit on cyber crimes​

(Web Desk) – Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz chaired a special meeting in Murree on Saturday to comprehensively review the law and order situation in the province.

According to a handout issued here, the inspector general of police (IGP) provided a detailed briefing on the overall law and order situation.

During the meeting, it was decided in principle to establish a special unit and provide IT training to staff to combat organised and cyber crimes in the province. Various proposals and recommendations were discussed to take concrete steps to safeguard the lives and property of the people.

Approval was also given to enforce a special audit system to identify corruption and unprofessional conduct within the police force. Police officers and officials found colluding with corrupt mafias and criminals would face special court martial proceedings, the meeting decided.

Additionally, a mechanism for reporting bribery via the CM's special dashboard was approved.

The meeting also reviewed a proposal to establish a border security force to combat smuggling. It was decided to establish a specialised police force to effectively counter all types of crimes. Approval was granted to intensify efforts to eradicate narcotics, and legislation was proposed to impose the death penalty on those convicted of molesting women and children.

CM Maryam instructed strict measures to eliminate the culture of illegal weapons in Punjab, including amendments to relevant laws. She emphasised the need for additional measures to permanently eradicate kite-flying and the use of metallic wire.

"We will provide the latest arms and ammunition, state-of-the-art equipment, night vision technology, and drones," she stated.

The CM ordered a comprehensive crackdown to permanently eliminate terrorism, smuggling and criminal gangs. She also highlighted the importance of streamlining the prosecution and investigation system.

Senior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, the chief secretary and relevant officers attended the meeting.

Source: Dunya News
Anything from her on people that tell us they have compromising videos of Judges and are using them to blackmail them.
 
First air ambulance service set to launch on CM Maryam's orders

Following directives from Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the province has initiated its inaugural air ambulance service. The rescue personnel have commenced training sessions in preparation for the service.

The primary objective of this air ambulance initiative is to extend coverage to districts in Punjab lacking rescue services. In its initial phase, rescue staff are undergoing rigorous training sessions. The Punjab Government has secured the lease of aircraft for the air ambulance service.

Government sources reveal that these aircraft will play a crucial role in transporting patients, particularly those with head injuries or multiple traumas requiring urgent medical attention.

It has been identified that certain districts in South Punjab and East Punjab lack adequate specialized healthcare infrastructure. To address this gap, the air ambulance service will be deployed, particularly in remote areas such as Bhakkar, Mianwali, and Bahawalnagar, among others. These aircraft will be fully equipped to facilitate immediate patient transfer, potentially saving lives.

Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif has been provided with a comprehensive briefing on the initiative by the Planning and Development Department.

Furthermore, the air ambulance service will have the capability to retrieve patients from motorways, with runways in cities like Lahore and Multan facilitating operations. Efforts are underway to finalize arrangements with civil aviation authorities to enable emergency landings in these cities, ensuring safe patient transportation.

According to rescue sources, this air ambulance serves various emergency purposes. It can aid in detecting flood-affected areas during inundations, facilitating the evacuation of trapped individuals and enhancing rescue coverage.

Additionally, in the event of a fire, it enables more accurate estimation and facilitates more effective rescue operations.

The first training session for Pakistan and Punjab's first air ambulance service has been launched as per the message on social networking site X.

The chief minister said that the first air ambulance service in Pakistan and Punjab will start in June.
In her post on social media platform X, the chief minister said the first training session for the first air ambulance service had started and the service would start in June.

SOURCE: EXPRESS TRIBUNE
 
Now, please reduce the prices of petrol, electricity and gas.

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Punjab government decreases roti price to Rs16

The Punjab government decreased the roti price from Rs20 to Rs16 across the province, chief minister Maryam Nawaz said on Sunday.

In a post on social media platform X, she said that all districts and departments concerned in the province have been issued directives related to the new price of the roti. He directed them to ensure strict implementation of the decision.

On Saturday, Maryam advised her team to decrease the rate of roti after cutting the price of flour. The rate of a 20kg flour sack fell from Rs2,800 to Rs2,300 after a fall of Rs500 in the price.

Asim Raza, the Pakistan Flour Mills Association chairman, attributed the slash in prices to the decrease in the price of wheat.

It is expected the price of a 20kg flour sack would further decrease by Rs300 after the arrival of wheat from Punjab in the market.


AAJ News
 

First air ambulance service set to launch on CM Maryam's orders​

Following directives from Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the province has initiated its inaugural air ambulance service. The rescue personnel have commenced training sessions in preparation for the service.

The primary objective of this air ambulance initiative is to extend coverage to districts in Punjab lacking rescue services. In its initial phase, rescue staff are undergoing rigorous training sessions. The Punjab Government has secured the lease of aircraft for the air ambulance service.

Government sources reveal that these aircraft will play a crucial role in transporting patients, particularly those with head injuries or multiple traumas requiring urgent medical attention.

It has been identified that certain districts in South Punjab and East Punjab lack adequate specialized healthcare infrastructure. To address this gap, the air ambulance service will be deployed, particularly in remote areas such as Bhakkar, Mianwali, and Bahawalnagar, among others. These aircraft will be fully equipped to facilitate immediate patient transfer, potentially saving lives.

Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif has been provided with a comprehensive briefing on the initiative by the Planning and Development Department.

Furthermore, the air ambulance service will have the capability to retrieve patients from motorways, with runways in cities like Lahore and Multan facilitating operations. Efforts are underway to finalize arrangements with civil aviation authorities to enable emergency landings in these cities, ensuring safe patient transportation.

According to rescue sources, this air ambulance serves various emergency purposes. It can aid in detecting flood-affected areas during inundations, facilitating the evacuation of trapped individuals and enhancing rescue coverage.

Additionally, in the event of a fire, it enables more accurate estimation and facilitates more effective rescue operations.

The first training session for Pakistan and Punjab's first air ambulance service has been launched as per the message on social networking site X.

The chief minister said that the first air ambulance service in Pakistan and Punjab will start in June.
In her post on social media platform X, the chief minister said the first training session for the first air ambulance service had started and the service would start in June.

Source: The Express Tribune
 
There were complaints from the citizens that the rate has been reduced but also the weight of bread and naan has also been reduced. After these complaints, Assistant Commissioners and Price Control Magistrates across the district checked each shop, checked the weight themselves, imposed heavy fines for deficiency and made the regular rate list of new prices prominently displayed outside the shop. It has been clarified to Nanbai that if there is a difference in weight or price, the next step will be registration of cases instead of fine.

 
Punjab government decreases roti price to Rs16

The Punjab government decreased the roti price from Rs20 to Rs16 across the province, chief minister Maryam Nawaz said on Sunday.

In a post on social media platform X, she said that all districts and departments concerned in the province have been issued directives related to the new price of the roti. He directed them to ensure strict implementation of the decision.

On Saturday, Maryam advised her team to decrease the rate of roti after cutting the price of flour. The rate of a 20kg flour sack fell from Rs2,800 to Rs2,300 after a fall of Rs500 in the price.

Asim Raza, the Pakistan Flour Mills Association chairman, attributed the slash in prices to the decrease in the price of wheat.

It is expected the price of a 20kg flour sack would further decrease by Rs300 after the arrival of wheat from Punjab in the market.


AAJ News
Let's see. If the guys agree they will lose big time and if they don't agree, then what? Will Nani leave tik tok videos and raid the tandoors?
 
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Roti price reduced by Rs.4 good, but comman man minced rapidly by increasing the fuel prices to Rs. 14, twice in a fortnight
 
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif along with Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday paid surprise visits to some nanbais (roti vendors) to make sure consumers were not being "overcharged".

Sharif candidly chatted with nanbais to ascertain the current price of tandoor-baked flatbread, while the Chief Minister examined the official price list.

The public cheered the former prime minister and CM Punjab for personally investigating the roti price.

They also encouraged the public to provide real-time feedback, report any overcharging, and refuse to overpay.


Source: GEO
 
Youth dies after being hit by CM Maryam Nawaz’s squad vehicle

As per details, 23-year-old Abu Bakar, who was traveling on a motorbike near Chandowal was allegedly hit by the protocol vehicle of Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz.

The FIR of the incident has been registered at Saddar police station in Narowal on the complaint of a cousin of the deceased.

The First Information Report (FIR) stated Abu Bakar was ‘hit’ by an Elite Force vehicle while the squad of Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz was on its way to Kartarpur. The incident took place due to overtaking, the FIR said and added.

Rizwan, the cousin of the deceased said Abu Bakar was traveling on a motorcycle with his friend, who remained safe in the crash.

 
She has to resign from the CM position immediately and cooperate with the investigation.
 
CM Maryam visited Kartarpur by copter: Punjab government

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz visited Kartarpur on Thursday via helicopter and she was not travelling with a motorcade at the time of an accident, which claimed the life of a youth in Narowal, the provincial government said on Friday.

In a statement, a spokesperson said the CM had taken notice of the youth’s death and ordered immediate action, issuing directions for the identification of the car involved in the accident and the arrest of the culprits.

The spokesperson said that police, on the orders of the CM, had registered a case and launched an investigation into the man’s death.

According to initial reports and eyewitness accounts, 23-year-old filling station worker Muhammad Abubakar had died after allegedly being hit by an Elite Force vehicle, said to be part of the chief minister’s convoy.

The incident took place at the Chandowal Stop on the Shakargarh Road, en route to Kartarpur, where the CM had attended Baisakhi celebrations on the same day. The government, however, has rejected these reports.

Meanwhile, Abubakar was laid to rest in his native village following funeral prayers.

Narowal DSP Malik Muhammad Khalil said they had obtained the CCTV footage of the incident, claiming that Abubakar could be seen fell on the ground after being hit by an unidentified motorcyclist before he had a fatal collision with a government vehicle.

DPO Naveed Malik said the search was on for the unidentified motorcyclist, but so far they had not got any information about him. He claimed that a departmental inquiry had been launched against the driver of the government vehicle that hit Abubakar.

DC Syed Hasan Raza said a proposal had been sent to the government for financial support of the family of the deceased.

But Ali Rizwan, a cousin of the deceased, told Dawn nobody from the government contacted the family.

SOURCE: DAWN
 

CM Maryam okays provision of 1kv solar kits in Punjab​


Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Maryam Nawaz on Monday okayed the provision of a 1Kv Solar system to 50,000 families in the province.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz to review energy projects in the province.

The 1kv Solar system will be provided to the protected power consumers who are using under 100 electricity units per month. Two solar plates, batteries, inverter and wires would be provided to the families eligible under the project.

CM Maryam Nawaz stressed the administration to ensure quality products to the masses so they can get rid of expensive electricity problems.

The Punjab CM directed the administration to initiate the pilot project in the province.

In a first address after becoming Punjab Chief Minister, Maryam Nawaz unveiled her vision for the next five years, with vowing to chalk out plan for consumers using less than 300 units of electricity.

The Punjab CM stated that the PML-N’s key objectives during her tenure would be the provision of employment, education and healthcare.

“I am working on a plan to provide solar panels in instalments to the consumers using up to 300 or below units of electricity,” she noted.

 
These solar panel plates cost around 40K per plate, which is not affordable for everyone in Punjab
 
Punjab govt to set up enforcement authorities to rein in price hike

The Punjab government has announced setting up a provincial enforcement authority to check the price hike.

Presiding over a meeting to review the implementation of various government policies on Tuesday, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz directed the officials to establish the Provincial Enforcement Authority in Punjab.

“Enforcement authorities will also be established in every district and tehsil of Punjab. The Provincial Enforcement Authority will be headed by the chief secretary supported by a DG. The district enforcement authorities will be headed by deputy commissioners while the tehsil enforcement authorities will be headed by the respective ACs,” she said.

The enforcement authorities would have the powers to take action against the price hike, encroachment of government land and hoarding, besides performing other special tasks assigned by the government from time to time.

The chief minister directed the officials to make these enforcement authorities functional within six months and immediately start legislation for the purpose. She approved a proposal to amend 11 laws, rules and ordinances for the establishment of the authorities across the province.

“A police station and a special force will be established at the tehsil level under the supervision of the tehsil enforcement authority. The authority in-charge, investigation officers, enforcement officers and constables will be appointed in a tehsil enforcement authority, which will have the powers to register cases, investigate them and to make arrests in addition to the enforcement of law,” she said while addressing the participants of the meeting.

The chief minister further added: “The offices of provincial and district enforcement authorities are being established to ensure effective monitoring.”

Senior Provincial Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin, Minister for Information and Culture Azma Zahid Bokhari, Minister for Agriculture Muhammad Ashiq Hussain, MPA Sania Ashiq, the chief secretary, secretaries agriculture and finance and other relevant officers attended the meeting.

SOURCE: DAWN
 
Brainless initiatives..all low level mayoral ones..she is an idiot..
 
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Gimmickry at its peak thief minister donns Police uniform for passing out ceremony further ragging the image of prized institution.
 
One corrupt tola is taking care of other corrupt Tola.

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Wearing uniform: Court seeks police order refusing case against CM

A sessions court on Friday directed a petitioner to submit a copy of the police order refusing to register a case against Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz for wearing police uniform.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Muzaffar Nawaz Malik was hearing the petition filed by Waqar Ahmed, challenging the non-registration of a case against the chief minister for wearing police uniform at the passing out ceremony of the policewomen.

Advocate Aftab Ahmad Bajwa, on behalf of the petitioner, argued that the Old Anarkali station house officer refused to lodge a case against the chief minister on the ground that the IGP and other senior police officers were also present on the occasion.

The judge directed the petitioner to submit a copy of the police officer’s refusal order by April 29.

Earlier, the petitioner’s lawyer argued the CM wore police uniform at the women police officials’ passing out event against the law that says no individual can wear the uniform of any institution (without being an employee of it). He said the CM committed a cognizable offence and the police were duty-bound to register a case against her and the officials who shared the stage with her.

He asked the court to order police to register an FIR against the CM on the application of the petitioner.

SOURCE: DAWN
 
Govt taking efforts to bring inflation down: Punjab FM

Provincial finance minister Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman addressing a gathering here said the inflation goes down by four to five percent while quoting a World Bank report.

He claimed that wheat price didn’t hike, and flour price goes down by Rs 40 per kilogram while Roti and Naan rates have also dropped.

He also announced that the government will announce 400 billion rupees relief package for farmers.

“We will provide solar panels to poor,” he said. “Initially 100 units of electricity will be given free, while later 200 to 300 electric units will be provided free of cost,” Punjab’s finance minister promised.

 
Another plea moved against CM Maryam Nawaz for wearing police uniform

Another plea has been filed with the session court for registration of a case against Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Maryam Nawaz for donning a police uniform while chairing a meeting.

As per details, the plea filed by Aftab Bajwa lawyer stated that Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz wore a police uniform while chairing a meeting regarding an air ambulance. By the law, no person can wear the uniform of state institutions, the plea read.

The plea urged the court to pass the order for the registration of a case against Maryam Nawaz for wearing a police uniform.

Last week, a session court was moved to register a case against Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Maryam Nawaz for donning a police uniform while attending a passing-out parade.

The plaintiff stated in his plea that Maryam Nawaz wore a police official’s uniform which is ‘unlawful’.

Following the criticism, the Punjab police in a statement said as per the police order, the chief minister is entitled to wear the uniform.

Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Maryam Nawaz attended a police passing out parade in Lahore, donning a uniform.

The Punjab CM was given a guard of honour and also distributed prizes among the top performers from the Police Training College. The chief guest of the ceremony inspected the parade.

Addressing the ceremony, the Punjab CM said her government wants to increase the number of female cops in the police department.”I realized how much of a big responsibility it is after wearing the police uniform.”

 

Maryam-led Punjab govt renews order for 'one-dish' policy in wedding events​

LAHORE: The Punjab government has ordered strict implementation of the 'one-dish rule' in wedding events — which promotes austerity and discourages exhibitive trends among citizens.

A set of decisions was taken in the provincial cabinet session chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday.

The provincial chief executive approved restoring free-of-cost medicines for cancer patients.

Other decisions include approval to the issuance of Kisan Cards, recommendations for wheat procurement, cash subsidy to small farmers, a digital system for monitoring the prosecutor department’s performance and increasing standards of the first information report (FIR).

CM Maryam also ordered to strict implementation of the one-dish rule at wedding parties.

The law was taken into effect for years in the province to discourage the exhibition of money among citizens, specifically reducing the burden of expensive wedding feasts on deserving families who were forced to follow the trend despite facing financial challenges.

On multiple occasions, the provincial authorities took punitive actions against those citizens who violated the law by showering local and foreign currencies, as well as serving lavish and expensive meals to the guests.

In a bid to conserve energy amid the worsening power crisis, the federal cabinet also decided in 2022 to impose a ban on wedding functions after 10pm in Islamabad.

Source: GEO
 
Unfortunately, this rule doesn't apply on a certain part of the society.
 
I have heard that it takes the top fashion designers atleast 2 hours daily to do her make up.
 
Punjab comes up with ‘vague policy’ on wheat crisis

As it blamed the caretaker government for causing a “wheat crisis” in the province, the Punjab government on Tuesday announced a ‘vague’ policy that did not contain a date for the initiation of the procurement drive.

The policy also came under fire from the opposition as it offered nothing new to the protesting farmers who had taken to the streets to demand the procurement of their grain at a support price of Rs3,900 per 40kg announced by the government. The government had also reduced the procurement target from over 4 million tonnes to a little over 2 million.

Speaking in the Punjab Assembly during a session that began three hours later than scheduled, Food Minister Bilal Yasin said there was a “wheat crisis” in the province for which the caretaker government was responsible.

“Those who imported wheat [close to the harvesting season] are responsible for this crisis. However, despite this, the government will fully support the small farmers,” the minister said, without elaborating on the mode and timeframe for this support.

The minister also promised a fact-finding probe into the import of the staple and said the report would be tabled in the house. He added the procurement drive would start when the grain would contain “10 per cent moisture” which was currently at 16pc due to a recent spell of rains.

Following the policy statement, the speaker adjourned the session indefinitely without allowing the opposition to speak on the matter since “it has already been discussed for the past four days”.

The opposition subsequently staged a sit-in on The Mall to express solidarity with the farmers.

‘Cabinet’s indecision’

On the other hand, the provincial government remained indecisive about the planned subsidy for the ‘small farmers’ from whom it may not purchase wheat.

The cabinet, however, approved the Kissan card in its meeting and the subsidy proposal was merely reviewed.

Under the proposal, the government intends to provide Rs400-600 per 40kg subsidy to the growers whose grain it will not buy even though they applied on the Kissan app for this purpose.

During the meeting, CM Maryam Nawaz said: “All resources of Punjab are available for farmers. Middlemen and ‘Aarthi’ cannot be allowed to exploit farmers. My intention is to make roti cheaper for the people,” she claimed.

LHC seeks details

The issue also echoed in the Lahore High Court, which ordered the Punjab government to provide details of the cabinet decision on the procurement. Justice Shahid Karim was hearing a petition seeking directives for the government to buy wheat from the farmers.

The judge said the court would not interfere in the government’s policy, but it still wanted to know about the cabinet decision and adjourned the matter for one week.

Advocate Farhat Manzoor Chandio, the petitioner, contended that the provincial government announced its wheat procurement policy and fixed support price at Rs3,900 per 40kg.

He argued that the government was bound to buy wheat from farmers at the support price and the procurement was supposed to start on April 22 but it didnot, which was a “violation of fundamental rights” of the growers.

The lawyer pleaded that the delay in the official buying and heavy rains in the province forced the farmers to sell their wheat at lower prices to the ‘mafia’.

SOURCE: DAWN
 
Where all those PTI supporters that were thumping their chests saying Maryam Nawaz will be a failure as CM??

Incredible performance from her so far which is being appreciated even by pro PTI journalists.
 
Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz launches ‘Clinics on Wheels’ project

Under the project, 200 clinics on wheels will provide health facilities to 4 million people of the province.

Addressing the ceremony, the chief minister said these clinics will be deployed in densely populated areas of big cities where residents often face challenges in accessing hospital care.

She further said provincial government is taking health facilities to the doorsteps of the people.

Maryam Nawaz also announced to provide state of the art cardiology facilities in eight cities of Punjab including Mianwali, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Jhelum, Sahiwal, Murree and Layyah.

Earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif gave the go-ahead to restore the laptop scheme for students across the province.

This decision was made during a meeting held in Lahore today.

Speaking on this occasion, the chief minister emphasized the imperative need to enhance educational infrastructure, particularly in underprivileged regions.

The meeting was briefed on the promotion of higher education, laptop scheme, and transport facilities for students. It also agreed to establish new universities and colleges in backward districts on a priority basis.

Maryam Nawaz was informed that over 650,000 students are currently enrolled in both private and public sector universities in Punjab, comprising 44% boys and 56% girls.

 
Given her shrewd nature, the numerous projects may provide ample opportunities for corruption
 
CM launches modern skills plan

Vowing to train the youth in the latest demand-driven IT courses in fields like cloud computing, cybersecurity, data analytics, graphic design, artificial intelligence, machine learning and game development in order to multiply their employability, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif launched a skills development programme on Monday.

She digitally inaugurated the CM’s Skills Development Programme along with students at the Government Technology College for Women.

“Under the project, 4,000 youth will be trained in 35 TEVTA institutes in different cities. The Punjab government will provide training in international standard advanced IT courses to the same number of students every year and the number will be gradually raised to 40,000,” she said.

The chief minister said free training in advanced courses is the right of youth, which was denied to them in the past.

SOURCE: EXPRESS TRIBUNE
 
‘Undue’ interference in executive unacceptable: Punjab cabinet

The Punjab cabinet on Tuesday made it clear that it would not accept any ‘undue’ interference in the executive authority by another institution.

Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz presided over the cabinet meeting and maintained that the government did not believe in conflict with any institution, but ‘undue’ interference in the executive authority was not acceptable.

The cabinet’s declaration came in the face of the LHC decision to extend the stay order against distribution of motorcycles by Maryam Nawaz among students. The court has also directed the Punjab government to present a policy keeping in view the environmental impacts.

“It is the responsibility of all of us to uphold the sanctity of our office by exercising our powers within the constitutional limits,” she said while addressing the cabinet.

The advocate general briefed the cabinet members that the Constitution had made mutual consultation of the stakeholders indispensable before making important appointments.

The cabinet approved Food Minister Bilal Yasin’s proposal to constitute a ministerial committee for making important appointments after meaningful consultation with other stakeholders.

The cabinet ratified Rock Salt Policy 2022, Rock Salt Amended Policy 2023, and directed to form a committee to decide on rock salt mining leases. It was also decided to approach NAB against those responsible for corruption in the grant of rock salt leases.

The cabinet also accorded approval to extend contract of 23 employees of policy and strategic planning unit of the primary and secondary healthcare department, besides lifting a ban on recruitment against vacant posts. It also approved presenting before the provincial assembly the special, project and performance audit reports of the Punjab government and district governments from 2016 to 2022.

Approval was also accorded to the appointment of Bakht Fakhr Behzad as judicial member and chairperson of the appellate tribunal of Punjab Revenue Authority.

The cabinet approved Punjab Government Advertisement Policy 2024 to regulate advertisements in print, electronic, cable and digital media in line with the federal government procedures.

Meanwhile, the CM along with father MNA Nawaz Sharif visited Mayo Hospital Children’s Emergency block.

SOURCE: DAWN
 
CM Maryam, Punjab governor discuss development projects

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz and Punjab Governor Sardar Saleem Haider discussed the development projects in the province on Thursday.

According to details, Haider called on CM Maryam in Jati Umra. On this occasion, both leaders should make collaborative efforts for the uplift, sustainable development of Punjab, and improving the living standards of the people.

Both CM Maryam and Haider had also discussed the matters in line with law and order and climate change. Both leaders had resolved to work together for the welfare of the people of Punjab.

Expressing her thoughts, CM Maryam said: "The BISP is being further made effective across the province. Numberous projects in line with education, health, road infrastructure, and IT have been started."

"All-out efforts will be made to provide relief to the people of Punjab," CM Maryam maintained.

CM Maryam felicitated Haider on becoming the Punjab governor.

Meanwhile, expressing his thoughts, Haider said: "For the implementation of the constitution and law, full support will be extended from the Governor House."

– CM Maryam, MPA Shoaib Siddiqui exchange views on country's political situation –

Earlier today, CM Maryam and Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) Punjab chapter General Secretary Shoaib Siddiqui exchanged views on the country’s political situation on Thursday.

Siddiqui, who is also the MPA, called on CM Maryam in Lahore. On this occasion, Siddiqui briefed me about the problems prevailing in his constituency.

The chief minister assured to address all the problems faced by Siddiqui’s constituency on a priority basis.

Separately, the lawmakers from different districts also called on CM Maryam. On this occasion, the country's political situation and development matters were highlighted. The lawmakers informed the chief minister about the existing problems in their respective constituencies.

Expressing her thoughts, CM Maryam said: "We are bringing the system of cleanliness along with the public-private partnership in the divisional headquarter and big cities."

"I want to see cleanliness in every nook and cranny. In this regard, the work will be started soon," she said.

CM Maryam maintained: "It is the topmost priority to address the masses' problems. We will provide all possible resources to the masses."

"We will roll out the Multan-Vehari motorway for Multan, Jahanian, Vehari, and other cities," she said.

CM Maryam said, "It will be ensured to provide the facilities in line with the cardiology at the hospital in Sialkot."

Prominent among those who attended the meeting were Iftikhar Nazir, Khurram Virk, and Qasim Nadeem.

SAMAA
 

Punjab govt bulldozes 'controversial' Defamation Bill 2024​

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly on Monday approved the controversial Defamation Bill 2024 amid a strong and noisy protest by the opposition.

According to the treasury benches, the bill is aimed at stopping fake news, while the media bodies termed it “draconian” in its current form.

Brushing aside the media bodies’ request to differ the proposed bill, Punjab’s Finance and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mujtaba Mian Shuja-ur-Rehman tabled the bill in the House.

Earlier in the day, representatives of the media bodies met Punjab Information Minister Azma Bokhari and requested her to defer the controversial bill for a few days.

The House witnessed a ruckus and strong protest when the bill was tabled, while the journalists boycotted the proceedings of the House to register their protest.

Journalist leaders were of the view that the government stabbed them in the back after holding negotiation over the bill.

Opposition Leader Ahmed Khan Bhachar said that the Defamation Bill 2024 is a "black law" and his side of the bench would not be partake in passing the legislation.

He made the remarks after all the amendments proposed by the opposition benches were rejected by the House. During the session, the lawmakers from the opposition benches made a noisy protest and tore copies of the bill.

“Subject to the provisions of this Act and any other law for the time being in force, defamation shall be a civil wrong and the person defamed may initiate an action under this Act without proof of actual damage or loss and, where defamation is proved, general damages shall be presumed to have been suffered by the person defamed,” read the bill.

The bill will also apply to fake news spread through YouTube and social media platforms. Under the law, tribunals will be set up to hear the defamation cases. The tribunals will be bound to decide the case within six months.

 
Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday announced the completion of the revamp of Holy Family Hospital (HFH) Rawalpindi by June 30 and free treatment for a three-year-old child patient suffering from a cardiovascular ailment

The provincial chief executive paid a surprise visit to the hospital and arrived there without informing the local MNAs and MPAs. Senior Minister Maryam Aurangzeb and the Chief Secretary accompanied the CM.

CM Maryam visited various departments of the hospital including the PEADs emergency, Mother & Child block, new block and other wards. She was briefed by the Communication and Works department officials about the so far rehabilitation of the hospital. She directed the officials to complete the ongoing work by May 30 and make the hospital functional.

The mother of child Hasnain, who was admitted to the PEADS emergency, told the chief minister that her child was a heart patient and was suffering from dysentery and vomiting. She directed the hospital officials to undertake immediate steps for the free treatment of Hasnain, who had a hole in his heart by birth.

CM Maryam also inquired about the treatment of other patients and the provision of medicines. She communicated with the patients and inquired about them. Few patients apprised the CM about the problems being confronted by them in the hospital.

She also inquired about undertreatment patients in the emergency, stopped near a female child and exchanged pleasantries with her. The infant child said ‘hi-fi’ to CM Maryam.

During her visit to the hospital’s new block, the Chief Minister also took notice of the low wages of the workers and directed the authorities to set their wages and pay their dues according to the Wages Act.

After spotting a family sitting beneath a tree and using a hand fan to beat the heat, she instructed the hospital officials to arrange sheds and fans for the families.

After the departure of the CM, who had reached the Holy Family Hospital directly from Noor Khan Airbase, the C&W Department officials immediately issued instructions to speed up the work. Officers also held a special emergency meeting in this regard.

Source: The Express Tribune
 
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She will be the next leader from the Dynasty after SS retires..
 
CM Maryam orders fair wages for Rawalpindi Holy Family Hospital labourers

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday took notice of the low wages of the labourers during her visit to the Holy Family Hospital and directed the authorities to pay the labourers according to the Punjab Minimum Wages Act.

She also asked the communication and works department to complete the construction work in Holy Family Hospital as soon as possible and said the government would not tolerate any negligence in the quality of construction work.

She asked the hospital administration to improve the services for the patients and the government had zero tolerance for the unavailability of quality healthcare facilities to the patients. She also asked to make arrangements for the attendants of gynae patients and others during the summer season.

During her surprise visit, she inspected various wards and inquired about the patients and the availability of medicines. Some patients apprised CM Maryam Nawaz about the problems being faced by them at the hospital. The CM, who prayed for their early recovery, inquired from them about the provision and availability of medicines.

During the visit, CM Maryam directed the hospital to arrange sheds and electric fans for the attendants of the patients who had been using handheld fans in extreme weather.

She also directed immediate steps for the treatment of a kid named Hasnain who had a congenital heart defect (commonly known as a hole in the heart). On the orders of CM Maryam Nawaz, a team of doctors from the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology immediately reached the Holy Family Hospital.

The CM comprehensively reviewed the newly constructed and rehabilitated block of the hospital and also examined the under-construction New Block of Holy Family Hospital. She directed the communications and works department to complete the work by June 30.

Delayed hospital project

The Holy Family Hospital revamping project worth over Rs3 billion has not been completed even though January 30 was the deadline for the completion. The project to reconstruct the old and new blocks of Holy Family Hospital started on October 22. After it missed the Jan deadline, the department was given till February by then caretaker chief minister Mohsin Naqvi, who inaugurated the incomplete project.

The contractor missed the deadline again and the Punjab government led by the PML-N gave another unrealistic deadline of March 31 to finish the work.

Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique had asked the Communication and Works Department to complete the work by March 31 and make operation theatres functional before Eidul Fitr.

The Communication and Works Department still could not finish the work. Now, June’s end is the cut-off date for the department to hand over the hospital to its administration. The hospital has a total area of 672,000 square feet. The number of beds in the hospital wards is 1,030 whereas the average number of patients reported in the OPD is 2,161, 228 patients in wards, and 915 patients in emergency on a daily basis.

SOURCE: DAWN NEWS
 
She is the social media queen, ever since she became the chief minister, she has been promoting herself on social media.

A Queen would suggest popular but she isn't. The stupidity of her narrative can be seen by the fact that she and the Junta claim social media is evil but she and the Junta are spending billions to get some traction on the platforms. Ironicaly all They face is ridicule as no one is buying their crap anymore. To avoid derision and parody this crook has passed a law in Punjab where she is judge and jury with fines upto 30mn.
 
CM blames negligence for measles outbreak

“Innocent lives have been lost due to the negligence and incompetence of health department,” said Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif while taking notice of the death of children due to measles in Pattoki.

On the direction of CM Maryam Nawaz, Provincial Ministers Khawaja Salman Rafique and Khawaja Imran Nazir visited the Kot Haq Nawaz Basic Health Unit. They obtained information from the parents about the measles afflicted children and ordered stern action against those found negligent.

On the direction of the CM, the number of ‘Clinics on Wheels’ and field hospitals in the measles affected areas has been increased and a special ward has also been established for the treatment of children suffering from measles in the Tehsil headquarters hospital.

The chief minister sought an immediate report from the health secretary about the causes behind increasing number of measles cases.

She directed the officials of the health department to provide the best treatment facilities to the children suffering from measles.

She said that precious innocent lives have been lost owing to the negligence and inefficiency of the health department.

She asserted that stern punishment would be handed down after fixing responsibility for the negligence.

She called for daily monitoring of infectious diseases, including measles.

She warned negligence with regard to the treatment would not be tolerated.

CM Maryam Nawaz directed the officials concerned to ensure the availability of vaccines of all diseases, including measles, in all the health centres and government hospitals across Punjab.

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CM eyes women’s ‘economic liberation’

“We want to solve problems of the business community to increase exports and employment opportunities,” Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif said during a visit to the Quaid-i-Azam Business Park in Sheikhupura. She added, ”Progress in the growth of exports is satisfactory.”

The chief minister directed the authorities concerned to build a ‘plug-and-play’ garments city in the business park and said, ”The construction of garments city will not only help in the creation of 100,000 employment opportunities, but would also contribute much towards women’s empowerment.”

Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz said, ”We are establishing the best garments city in Punjab.”

She also considered a proposal to build a labour colony and technical training centre in the business park.

The chief minister directed the authorities to complete the business park link road in a month besides a massive plantation drive in the area. She also planted a sapling on the premises.

The chief minister directed the relevant departments to take immediate steps for the construction of a motorway interchange to ensure easy access to the business park.

She summoned and directed the regional police officer to take immediate action to improve the law and order situation within 10 days.

The chairman of the first unit of the Quaid-i-Azam Business Park gave a detailed briefing on the project.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid and MPA Sania Ashiq accompanied the chief minister, while Chief Secretary Zahid Akhtar Zaman, C&W Secretary Sohail Ashraf, Industry Secretary Ehsan Bhatta, the commissioner, deputy commissioner, CEO of the Punjab Industrial Estate Development and Management Company, prominent industrialists and other relevant officers were also present.

Meanwhile, the agriculture department and Bank of Punjab signed an MoU in the presence of Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif for using the Kissan Card for the provision of quality seeds, manure and pesticides to farmers.

Direct subsidy will also be provided through the card.

It was informed during a briefing that bank will be the first partner regarding implementation of the programme. It will provide financial assistance, including loans, to the deserving farmers.

Attending a ceremony for the provision of hearing aids and launching a special education enrolment campaign, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz announced a plan to establish 300 special education schools as centres of excellence across Punjab.

The students of special education department in Sargodha presented the CM a painting and a sketch.

The chief minister launched an enrolment campaign of out-of-school special children. UNICEF representative Abdullah Fadil and the special education secretary also addressed the ceremony.

The chief minister said on the occasion, “I commend the teachers of the special children. We will establish 300 special education schools as centres of excellence. We are establishing centres of excellence for the special children in every district and international quality facilities will be provided in them. We will do whatever we can to bring the special children into the mainstream.”

She said the government had granted funds to set up a special institution for autism.

“Whosoever wants a wheelchair should write to me and it will be granted immediately. I am going to launch a project for the provision of wheelchairs soon. If the children are provided hearing aid and glasses, then they can come to public school from a special school. I am highly indebted on being given immense love from these children,” she added.

SOURCE: EXPRESS TRIBUNE
 
Procurement of medical accessories: Punjab govt’s tilt to FDA-approved items irks firms having DRAP nod

The Punjab government is going to make large-scale central procurement of disposable products, including drug-eluting stents (DESs) for all the 11 public sector cardiac care institutes in the province, giving preference to the medical devices approved by the US Food and Drug Authority (FDA).

The decision has caused resentment among dozens of other medical firms whose products have been registered with the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP), but were not considered for the Rs18-20 billion procurement process for not having FDA approval.

They urged the Punjab chief minister to intervene and provide all the companies a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the bidding process.

According to the documents, the Punjab government has to procure 92,000 DESs, 120,000 PTCA wires, 85,000 guiding catheters and 80,000 balloon catheters.

For this purpose, the government has invited sealed bids (technical and financial) from the firms engaged in trading and manufacturing, and registered with relevant authorities and tax departments, to conclude the framework contract for supply of disposable items (related to cardiology, cardiac surgery and Electrophysiology etc.)

A senior official of the health department told Dawn the Punjab government has been making procurement of FDA-approved cardiac stents through the central purchase policy since 2019.

Sharing the background, he said the central procurement policy was introduced for the first time in 2017 when some cardiac stent scandals surfaced in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and Mayo Hospital Lahore.The matter was also taken up by the Supreme Court which had directed the Punjab government to review the procurement process to avoid such situations in future.

Following this, the then provincial government had introduced the central procurement policy in the light of the recommendations of the then Chief Minister Inspection Team (CMIT) which had proposed abandoning of institutional tenders.

In 2019, for the first time an approval was granted for the purchase of the single category FDA-approved ‘budget stents’ of higher classification for all the 11 cardiac institutions.

Following the previous practice, the Punjab government has restricted the purchase of the major cardiac items, to the FDA approved devices only in order to ensure quality, keeping in view patients’ safety and health.

The fresh procurement process was initiated to meet the growing requirement of cardiac patients visiting the government-run cardiac institutes in Punjab, for year 2024.

About the reservations expressed by other companies having products registered with DRAP, he said there were above 60 companies selling cardiac products, and it was hard to conduct such an extensive and highly-technical scrutiny processes involving such a large number of firms, having their warehouses across the country.

As per the Provincial Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) policy, he said, the three companies having FDA-approved medical devices were asked to join the bidding process and they are taking part in the procurement.

Because of the tough competition, he hoped, the prices of the stents and other devices would be far lower than the market rates.

However, other companies rejected the claim, saying that the firms with the DRAP-registered products had a strict scrutiny process and were selling their medical devices of “international standards” in the private sector all over the country.

They say they have the Conformité Européene (CE) Mark certification, with European Union’s (EU) mandatory conformity marking for regulating the goods sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985.

“The CE marking represents a manufacturer’s declaration that the products comply with the EU’s New Approach Directives”, a representative of a firm says.

He says the these issues were also raised in the last pre-bidding meeting held on May 21 in Lahore.

One of the representatives told Dawn that the total proposed budget of the tender was Rs15 billion, based on the tender estimate price, but it is expected to touch Rs18-20 billion.Out of this budget, he said, Rs12 billion will go to the FDA-approved brands alone, while the remaining budget will be left for the rest of the companies, including those having both CE and the FDA recognition. He alleged that the government was keen to oblige the American brands.

“When DRAP has registered all other products, allowing their sale in Pakistan, why Punjab government is limiting the procurement only to FDA-approved brands,” he asked.

“If you compare the prices of a single product i.e Balloon Catheter, the price if the FDA-approved brand ranges between Rs14,000 to Rs17,000, while that of the CE-marked DRAP-registered product is between Rs9,000 to Rs10,000”, he says, arguing that Rs400 million could be saved in the purchase of a single product.

SOURCE: DAWN
 

Health, education reforms to bear fruit soon: CM​

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif has said that she is striving to financially strengthen the deprived people and they will soon begin benefitting from health and education reforms.

She was speaking to a 22-member delegation of local heads of UN subsidiary bodies, led by United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan Muhammad Yahya during a discussion on ongoing development projects in Punjab.

“Improvement and reforms in every sector are among my priorities. I am trying to solve every public problem on a priority basis," she said.

The chief minister briefed the UN delegation about the government policy on education and health sector reforms. She said people would soon start benefitting from the fruits of the reforms.

The chief minister said, "Punjab's agriculture has full potential to transform Pakistan's economy. Farms in villages will be supported for livestock development, besides the provision of Interest-free loans and machinery to small farmers.”

She said, "I want to see every woman of Punjab financially independent and prosperous.”

She added, "We are building a tax-free garment city in Punjab, where women will be given six months of free training and scholarships. We are trying to eliminate gender disparity. The first virtual police station for women has been established.”

Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz said, "For the first time, the best waste management system is being introduced in every city of Punjab.”

She also informed the UN officials that a system of grading officers is being implemented to improve service delivery and governance.”

She also mentioned the IT City project.

”We are designing a system of providing complete health facilities in all districts. For the first time in Pakistan, an Air Ambulance Service will start from Punjab, and the first public sector cancer hospital is being built in Lahore.”

She added that 2,500 Basic Health Units, 300 Rural Health Centres and major hospitals in the province are being revamped, besides free delivery of two-month medicines stock at the doorsteps of patients suffering from fatal diseases.

”In order to cope with stunting and malnutrition in children, we are providing free milk to the students of public sector primary schools across Punjab.” She added, " The development of every city in Punjab is among my priorities.”

In the meeting, it was agreed to increase cooperation in education, health, agriculture and other sectors.

The chief minister said, "The common goal of the United Nations projects and our priorities is to serve the people of Punjab. The target of construction of 100,000 houses for the low-income classes will also be met with the cooperation of UN agencies.”

The head of the UN team, said, "We will fully support Punjab government in its public welfare mission.”

The CM also met French Ambassador Nicolas Galey and Economic Consul Laurent Chopiton to discuss various possible avenues of mutual cooperation.

Nicholas Gayle said, " We want to work together for the development and stability of Pakistan.”

It was agreed in the meeting to increase cooperation on measures to combat climate change and environmental protection.

Gayle said, "Collaboration is essential in addressing global challenges such as climate change.”

Source: The Express Tribune
 
Stipend for differently-abled citizens increased

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif has increased the monthly stipend for deserving differently-abled people to Rs7,500 from Rs6,000.

Presiding over a meeting to review the Chief Minister Himmat Card project, she directed the authorities concerned to pay monthly stipends to special persons for three years in the first phase.

”About 30,000 special people will get a monthly stipend of Rs7,500 for three years,” she added.

The chief minister called for an awareness campaign for the provision of wheelchairs to deserving people. ”Needy people can use the helpline of Chief Minister's Office at 0800-02345 to register themselves for the wheelchairs,” she said.

”Special persons will also be given 14 types of assistive devices in the second phase,” she added.

The chief minister said wheelchairs, hearing aids, tricycles, Braille and other devices will be provided to make easier the life of the differently-abled people.

”Subsidised public transport facilities and loans will also be provided to special persons in a phased manner,” she added.

Presiding over another meeting, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz sought a comprehensive report on electricity theft based on authentic data.

The CM was briefed by Chief Secretary Zahid Akhtar Zaman and Inspector General of Police Dr Usman Anwar about the ongoing crackdown against electricity thieves in the province.

The officers informed the chief minister that 660 police officials were assisting in the campaign against electricity thieves in each district. They also submitted a report about five electricity distribution companies, including LESCO.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Senior Provincial Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Information and Culture Minister Azma Zahid Bukhari and MPA Sania Ashiq attended the meeting.

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Punjab approves historic tax-free surplus budget​


Punjab's cabinet has approved the province's largest tax-free surplus budget in history, subsequently presented to the Punjab Assembly on Thursday. The budget includes a salary increase of 20 to 25 per cent and a 15 per cent rise in pensions.

According to Express News, Punjab's budget was presented in the assembly by Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman.

Earlier, the 9th meeting of the Punjab cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, was held. The cabinet approved a budget of Rs5,446 billion for the fiscal year 2024-25. The chief minister signed the 2024-25 budget documents.

For the first time, Punjab has closed Rs530 billion worth of dead schemes from the development budget and included new schemes. The new budget does not impose any new taxes nor increase existing tax rates. Revenue will be increased by 53 per cent through financial sources without raising taxes.

The budget includes Rs842 billion for development expenses and a surplus budget of Rs630 billion. The annual development plan will feature 77 new mega projects.

The largest development package in Punjab's history was also approved. The cabinet approved a record Rs842 billion development budget. The previous revenue target was Rs625 billion, while the current target is set at Rs960 billion, to be raised from provincial resources.

Punjab has approved an increase in the minimum wage from Rs32,000 to Rs37,000. Salaries will rise by 20 to 25 per cent and pensions by 15 per cent.

For the first time, a record Rs1 billion has been allocated to the Minority Development Fund. Approval was given for the repayment of Rs375 billion wheat loan, saving over Rs54 billion in interest.

Rs6 billion were allocated for the laptop scheme and Rs5 billion for the PKLI Endowment Fund. A sum of Rs130 billion was earmarked for social protection, a record increase of Rs110 billion.

Punjab collected 36 per cent more tax than the FBR target. A supplementary grant of Rs268 billion was approved for the 2023-24 budget. The supplementary budget statement for the fiscal year 2023-24 was also approved.

Additional allocations include Rs26 billion for agricultural equipment, Rs10 billion for the Kisan Card, Rs30 billion for the CM Green Tractor Programme, and Rs80 billion for the CM District SDG Programme.

For Lahore's development, Rs35 billion was allocated, Rs5 billion for Murree, Rs2 billion for the Livestock Card, Rs2 billion for the Himmat and Nigehban Card, and Rs26 billion for restructuring education.

 
Punjab allocates Rs128.6b for healthcare

In the annual development budget for 2024-25, the Punjab government has allocated significant funds to revamp and upgrade the health sector. The Specialised Health Care and Medical Education Department has been granted Rs86 billion, while Rs42.6 billion has been allocated to the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department.

The largest portion of the budget is directed towards the revamping of public hospitals, disease screening for children, and upgrading hospital infrastructure.

Specifically, Rs1 billion is set aside for the renovation of old blocks at the Punjab Institute of Mental Health. Additionally, Rs30 billion is allocated for the consultation services of Narowal Medical College. A major transformation is planned for the TB Sanatorium in Samli, with Rs200 billion dedicated to converting it into a 300-bed general hospital.

The Children’s Hospital in Lahore will receive Rs450 million for establishing an ICU, and Rs100 million will go towards setting up a Project Management Unit (PMU) to enhance capacity building in procurement, development planning, and service delivery monitoring.

Moreover, Rs1 billion is earmarked for the provision of high-tech equipment through an outsourcing and pay-for-performance model. Tertiary care hospitals in Punjab will see Rs1.5 billion spent on the functionalisation of HVACs, lifts, and other mechanical infrastructure.

Another Rs1.427 billion is allocated for outsourcing support services, including laundry, MEPG, CSSD, and medical-grade oxygen.

The budget includes Rs2.5 billion for revamping Rural Health Centres (RHCs) and Rs5 billion for upgrading Basic Health Units (BHUs) in North and Central Punjab.

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Punjab approves 15 uplift schemes for Pindi

The Punjab government has approved the construction and expansion of 15 projects in the upcoming fiscal year 2024-25 for the development of the Rawalpindi district.

The projects include a flyover, Kacherhi Chowk flyover and underpass, Mahota Dam and Chahan Dam water supply scheme besides health and educational projects. Work on these projects will begin in August this year.

District Development Coordination Committee Chairman MNA Qamarul Islam told The Express Tribune that the first flyover would be built at the congested and busiest Corporation Chowk on Adiala Road with an estimated cost of Rs1.5 billion. Adiala Road will also be extended to Gorakhpur. The project of Chakri Adda-Harnianwala Road via Bilawal Adda has also been approved for Rs2.20b for which Rs350 million would be released in this financial year.

A grant of Rs62m has been approved for the construction of Chakri to Dhadambar Road which will be completed within the same financial year with full cost. An amount of Rs130 million has been approved for the construction of Harka Bisali Road, while Rs50 million has been approved for the completion of the remaining work of Karrar Road.

An important link between Adiala Road and Rawat Chakri Road-- Jarar camp diversion from Kachi Jodiran -- has been added to the list of projections at the eleventh hour. The project will cost Rs210m. An amount of Rs13m will be released for the project in FY25. Murat Road on the side of Main Chakri Road will also be completed with funds of Rs50m in the next fiscal year. five crores.

The government has earmarked Rs270m for the construction of Jodrian- Chakri Road, Rs48m for Chak Bailey Bypass, Rs18m for Rs5m Rescue 1122 Chak Bailey Khan, Joriyan. With the completion of Joriyan Hospital in the next financial year, its full benefits will begin to reach the common man.

Additional funds of Rs200m have been sanctioned for the expansion of the Mahota Dam irrigation system and the completion of the remaining works.

Rs6.5b Chehan Dam drinking water supply scheme will start in September. Rs20m were released for Rs5b worth of water supply schemes of Morgah, Kotha Kalan 1, Kotha Kalan 2 and adjacent areas of Rahmatabad, Dhok Munshi etc in the outgoing fiscal year. Similarly, Rs20m funds were released for the ongoing water supply scheme of Lakhan, Mohri Ghazan and Dhamiyal.

The Kachehri Chowk remodelling project will be kicked at a cost of Rs2b in the fiscal year, while Rs13.4m have been sanctioned for the completion of Jhata Hatial Girls Degree College.

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Maryam increases lawyers' welfare grant to Rs1bn​


LAHORE (Dunya News/Web Desk) – Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on Saturday increased the grant meant for the lawyers’ welfare to Rs1 billion and also announced establishing a hall and daycare centre for the female members of the community at Punjab Bar Council’s premises.

She also expressed sorrow over the killing of two lawyers in Attock and mentioned that police had arrested the accused immediately on her directives.

Protecting the lawyers’ community is a government responsibility, said the chief minister who praised them for their struggle for rule of law in the country.

On the occasion, Maryam promised to extend full assistance for establishing rule of law and provision of justice to each and every citizen, assuring the delegation of addressing their problems.

Talking to a representative delegation of different lawyer bodies, she directed Law Minister Sohaib Ahmad Bherth to present the charges against the killer before a special court under the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act 1973 and the Lawyers Welfare and Protection Act 2023.

Maryam said the government would continue playing its role for improving the performance of judicial system and swift delivery of justice, the two dies discussed ways and means to strengthen cooperation between the government and the lawyers.

During the meeting, the chief minister handed over a Rs50 million cheque to the Punjab Bar Council as well as Rs10m each to Multan Bar and Bahawalpur Bar.

Meanwhile, she also accepted the invitations to visit the Punjab Bar Council, Bahawalpur Bar and Multan Bar and agreed to restore the services reserved for lawyers in government hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, the bar leaders thanked the chief minister for her extensive cooperation and financial assistance.

Besides Federal Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar and Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Punjab cabinet members – Marriyum Aurangzeb, Azma Bokhari and Sohaib Bherth were among those attending the meeting.

 
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