LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) has described the performance of the Punjab government as “very disappointing” during the year 2013.
In a fact sheet issued on Wednesday from the its provincial secretariat, the PML-Q said that the party which was in power in the province for six consecutive years had broken all previous records in terms of price hike, unemployment, load shedding of electricity and gas, lawlessness, failed projects, signing ‘hollow’ MoUs and making false promises, adding that the prices of eatable items had increased by 100 to 150 per cent.
The fact sheet mentioned that in 2007, during the tenure of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, 20kg flour bag was available at a subsidised rate of Rs 230, which was sold at Rs 1,000 during 2013. According to fact sheet, discriminatory treatment was meted out to the people of Punjab and the industrial sector when it came to provision of electricity and gas.
The government which had officially been patronising protest demonstrations in the past was now a silent spectator on the issues, it added.
According to the statement, the government procured wheat from farmers at cheap rates and sold at higher prices; thus earned a huge profit of Rs 25 billion.
The PML-Q fact sheet further said that the province, which had a surplus of Rs 100 billion on the last day of the government of Pervaiz Elahi, was now under a huge debt of Rs 500 billion, despite getting additional resources of Rs 100 billion every year under the NFC Award. It said that those who had raised the slogan of breaking the begging bowl had not only increased its size but also handed over the begging bowl of loans with interest to every youth under the so-called youth loan scheme.
The report also claimed that for the first time in the history, spurious medicines were used at public hospitals, causing 150 deaths.
It was also regretted that the process of victimisation continued through continuously closing down of the projects approved by the Pervaiz Elahi government, which included Wazirabad Cardiology Hospital, Seerat Academy, new building of the Punjab Assembly and hundreds of hospitals and colleges across the province.
Continuing, the fact sheet said that the government had miserably failed to improve the situation of law and order and protect the life and property of the people. It said that 350,000 heinous crimes were committed in the province during the past six years.
It was also mentioned that rapists of a five-year-old girl were neither punished nor justice was provided to the aggrieved family despite repeated assurances by the prime minister and the chief minister.
It was further stated that after May 13, 2013, there was a record increase in public complaints. He said that victims of highhandedness of government departments staged 13,600 protest demonstrations at various places in the province, and that the provincial ombudsman received 20,000 complaints, which were 7,000 more than the last year.
It said that even after six years, the Punjab government avoided holding the local bodies elections, and backed out of its promises to hold impartial probes into the documented evidence about rigging in the general election of 2013.
It said that prior to the elections, the nation was misled by the impression that the N-League leadership was experienced and had learnt lessons from the circumstances, but in the first six months, failed governance of the past was repeated and the country was pushed back in the 1990’s.
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