LAHORE: The Punjab Cabinet has decided to fix separate quota for special persons in housing schemes, besides giving approval to establishment of the Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology in Multan as well as several draft laws. The cabinet, which met on Monday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, also decided to undertake effective legislation for awarding deterrent punishment to elements involved in the sale of dead and Haram meat.
Addressing the cabinet meeting, the CM said that the system for management and disposal of land and properties would be given an organisational form, and made highly transparent. He said that a large portion of Punjab’s population was associated with the livestock sector, and that Pakistan was considered among the largest producers of dairy products.
He said that all-out efforts would be made for earning maximum foreign exchange from the livestock sector for the benefit of farmers. He said that a comprehensive plan would be evolved for livestock and dairy development to meet the future needs. Shahbaz said that the elements involved in the sale of harmful meat deserved no leniency, and the government would take stringent measures against them. He said that the legislation to be carried out by the Punjab government in this regard would yield positive results. He said that under the proposed law, non-bailable warrants would be issued against those selling the meat of Haram animals. The CM directed the cabinet committee to formulate final recommendations for awarding stringent punishment to those selling the meat of dead and Haram animals.
Referring to energy projects, the CM said that projects for generation of electricity from traditional and alternative resources were being completed expeditiously. He said that the government was attaching high priority to the completion of projects of production of low-cost electricity. He said that coal-based power projects were being set up for this purpose in Punjab. He said that the Punjab government would establish two coal-based power projects of 660 megawatts in Sahiwal with its own resources, while work was also being undertaken on the Nandipur Power Project round the clock.
He said that the Nandipur Power Project had been executed with a national spirit and its grid station had been completed in a record period.
He said that this project was pending due to geed and criminal negligence of the former rulers, while the present leadership – immediately after coming into power – resumed work on the project of national importance.
He said that the Punjab government was establishing a 100MW solar project at Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park in Cholistan with its own resources. He said that link roads and bridges of the solar park had been completed, and the contract of the project would be awarded by March 23, while electricity production in the first phase would start from June this year.
He said that planning had been made for generation of 1,000MW from the Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park, and that local and foreign companies setting up projects in the park would be given special facilities. The meeting granted approval to the Management and Disposal of Land and Properties by Development Authorities Act, 2014; Punjab Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of non-Smokers Health Amendment Act 2012; Punjab Mental Health Amendment Act 2012; Punjab Industrial Relations Act; Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006; Punjab Livestock Breeding Bill 2013; and amendments in the Punjab Civil Servants Act 1974.
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