Punjab, NADRA ink MoU to issue computerised arms licences


LAHORE: The Punjab government and the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start issuing computerised arms licences in the province.
According to a handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan were the chief guests at the ceremony where Home Secretary Major (r) Azam Suleman and acting-NADRA Chairman Shahid Hamid signed the MoU on Tuesday. 
Under the project, existing system of issuance of arms licences will be changed and a consolidated and comprehensive computerised arms licence information management system will be evolved. All old licences will be replaced with new computerised chip cards under a phased programme within 140 days.
Addressing the ceremony, Chief Minister Shahbaz welcomed the agreement and said that the project of computerisation of arms licences was a milestone towards setting up a peaceful society. 
He thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Nisar and NADRA authorities for extending full cooperation in this project. 
He said that there was a need to purge society of weapons in order to provide a peaceful and violence-free atmosphere to citizens and computerisation of arms licenses was an important and revolutionary step toward achievement of this goal. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that the Punjab government had been in the forefront in utilising information technology in every sector and that land records computerisation and the use of smart cameras in campaign against dengue were its examples. 
He said that NADRA could benefit from the database of land records information management system, which would substantially reduce the cost and duration of the arms licences project. 
Interior Minister Nisar said that the MoU was an important step. He said that Chief Minister Shahbaz had a glorious track record of completing projects within prescribed deadline. 
Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Colonel (r) Shuja Khanzada, chief secretary, inspector general of police, and other senior officials were also present. 
CM okays plan to improve water supply, drainage in 5 big cities: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has granted approval to a phased programme for improvement of water supply, drainage and sewerage system in five big cities, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi.
According to a handout, the chief minister was chairing a meeting attended by National Assembly Member Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Housing Minister Tanvir Aslam Malik, Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Vice Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, LDA director general, housing secretary, Lahore Division commissioner and district coordination officer, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) managing director, and other officials. 
The chief minister directed the officials concerned to prepare short, medium and long-term plans to improve water supply, drainage and sewerage system in five major cities to meet future needs. He said that the programme would be executed expeditiously and in a transparent manner. 
Saying that provision of best civic services to the masses was prime responsibility of his government, the chief minister directed that a separate company should be formed to execute the project. He resolved that no hurdle would be tolerated in this regard. 
The chief minister also gave approval to pilot project for improvement of water supply, drainage and sewerage system in Johar Town, Tajpura and Shadbagh localities. He said that remodelling of the drainage system would be carried out keeping in view the needs of the population. 
He directed the authorities to immediately start de-silting of drains and complete all arrangements for drainage of rainwater before the onset of monsoon. He said that strict action would be taken in case complaints of accumulation of water emerged during the rainy season. 

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