LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that maximum funds will be allocated for public welfare projects in the provincial budget for the fiscal year 2014-15.
He said that more resources will be provided for the uplift of education, health and other social sectors, while due attention will be paid to the betterment of the common man in the new budget. He was presiding over a high level meeting here today which reviewed in detail the budgetary proposals for the Punjab budget for the year 2014-15. Provincial Ministers Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant Azm ul Haq, Parliamentary Secretary Rana Babar Hussain, Chief Secretary and concerned officials were present.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that provision of relief and basic facilities to the masses is the agenda of Pakistan Muslim League-N government and huge resources are being spent for the welfare of the common man. He said that people are fully benefitting from welfare programme and mega projects of the government. He said that no burden will be put on the common man in the new budget rather steps will be taken to raise the living standard of the deprived segments of the society. The Chief Minister said that flaws in tax collection system will be removed and automation system will be introduced in all tax collection institutions.
He directed Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board to evolve a comprehensive plan for the automation of tax collection system. He further directed that recommendations should also be formulated for simplifying tax recovery system. He said that there is a vast potential for increasing provincial resources and an effective strategy is needed for this purpose. The Chief Minister also constituted a high level committee for increasing resources of the province and improving tax system and directed that concerned departments should set targets of tax collection and make comprehensive planning for their achievement. He said that uplift of backward areas is the top priority of the government and more resources should be allocated for this purpose. He said that maintenance of peace is essential for investment and rapid progress therefore maximum resources should be provided for improvement of law and order. Secretary Finance gave a detailed briefing regarding the budget.
Shahbaz Sharif has said that no sit-in or protest against the process of national development can succeed. He said that the projects evolved during the tenure of those who are criticizing welfare programmes of the present government unjustifiably were not monuments of development but graveyards of corruption.
He said that present government is moving in the right direction and the people know very well who is serving them and who is indulging only in protest politics. He said that former rulers put the future of country at stake and committed criminal negligence towards Nandipur Power Project.
He said that had this project been completed three years ago, Pakistan would not have to face economic loss of 165 billion rupees nor the poor nation had to spend an additional amount of 30 thousand billion rupees due to delay in the project. Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government is serving the masses with commitment and sincerity. He said that Allah Almighty has given the present leadership an opportunity to serve the nation and it will spare no effort to give a strong and bright Pakistan to the coming generation.
He was talking to a representative delegation of journalists, columnists and intellectuals of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa and Balochistan. The delegation congratulated Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on the speedy measures for resolving energy crisis and development projects in Punjab. Press Secretary to Chief Minister Shoaib Bin Aziz, Secretary Information Momin Agha and Director General Public Relations Athar Ali Khan were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that completion of Nandipur power Project in a record period of seven months is a result of best team work.
Chief Minister Shahbaz presided over a meeting on today which was especially attended by Federal Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Husain. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government is fully benefitting from modern technology for improving law and order situation in the province. He said that the project of Command and Control Center is of vital importance for maintenance of peace and work is being carried out on the project expeditiously. He said that the project of Command and Control Center will be a milestone with regard to curbing of crime through the use of modern technology.
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