LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced a development package of two billion thirty seven crore rupees for provision of clean drinking water, construction of roads and development of livestock sector in Cholistan.
He also announced new scheme for allotment of land to landless cultivators of the area. Addressing various gatherings of people today, the Chief Minister said that situation is normal in Cholistan and neither any death has occurred nor the area is facing drought.
He said that migration during wheat harvesting season is a routine activity in Cholistan. Provincial Ministers Iqbal Channar, Tanvir Aslam, Chief Secretary Naveed Akram, public representatives, Saood Majeed, Khalid Jujja and secretaries of concerned departments accompanied the chief minister.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that he sent various teams from Lahore to review the situation in Cholistan and they not only visited the entire area but also provided immediate help to the needy persons. He said that negligence on the part of some departments has been detected of which immediate notice has been taken. He said that under the development package announced for Cholistan, de-silting of 1100 water ponds will be undertaken at a cost of Rs.60 crore.
He said that an 80-kilometer long road will be constructed from Kudewala with a sum of Rs.24 crore. Similarly, Rs. 30 crore will be spent on the construction of road from Tailwala to Mithray.
The Chief Minister also announced Rs.18 crore for the extension project of 30-km long pipeline from Rasool Sar to Bajnot via Marri, Rs.15 crore for 25-km long pipeline from Derawar to Kundiwala Toba, Rs.18 crore for 30-km long water pipeline from Dhori to Bhanuwala and Rs.80 lakh for pipeline from Mauj Garh to Chapanwala.
He also announced funds of Rs. 7 crore for reconstruction of the existing 230-km long roads in Cholistan, Rs.2.50 crore for veterinary medicines and free of cost vaccination of livestock of Cholistanis for three months and supply of 250 cusec canal water for irrigation in Cholistan. The Chief Minister also announced that a new and highly transparent allotment scheme will be started for allotment of land to landless cultivators in Cholistan. Shahbaz Sharif directed concerned provincial secretaries to visit the area twice a week while Chief Secretary will pay visit to Cholsitan after every ten days. When the Chief Minister inquired from the people about the factual position in Cholistan, they informed that no death has occurred due to unfavorable conditions, however, there is a need for supply of more water to the area.
The Chief Minister lamented irresponsible reporting by some circles of media about Cholistan and said that media provides guidance to him and he takes serious notice of its reports but some quarters twisted the facts and presented old and irrelevant pictures and thereby violated the journalistic code of conduct.
He said that after reviewing the situation, it has been revealed that there is neither any emergency in Cholistan nor the area is facing drought. The Chief Minister also inspected water supply scheme in Phalewala Toba, free vaccination camp, medical camp and water bowsers for storage of water.
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