Corruption-free culture promoted in Punjab, says CM


LAHORE: Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the welfare and betterment of the people and huge funds have been provided for public welfare projects. According to a handout, the chief minister said that mega development projects have been executed in the province during the last about six years which were an example of standard and transparency and that corruption-free culture had been promoted in Punjab. He also said that a large number of people were benefiting from the ongoing welfare programmes worth billions of rupees.The chief minister was presiding over a high-level meeting on Wednesday, which reviewed the pace of progress on various development projects in the province. Special Assistant to Chief Minister Azmul Haq, Punjab Assembly Member Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, chief secretary and secretaries concerned attended the meeting. 
The chief minister said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, in the light of its manifesto, was expeditiously executing a number of projects aimed at ensuring provision of basic amenities to the masses. He said that transparency, standard and speed were hallmarks of the Punjab government in execution of development projects. He said that the government was serving the people of the province honestly for the last about six years and that Punjab would be made a model province in the years to come. 
He said that national resources were being spent on the progress and prosperity of the masses with honesty, dedication and commitment. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that progress and welfare of the people was very close to his heart and that departments concerned should spare no effort for the timely completion of public welfare projects. He said that an effective monitoring system had been devised for implementation of development projects for ensuring transparency. He said that every penny of public money was being spent honestly on the welfare of the masses. The chief minister directed the officials to ensure timely completion of development projects so that people could benefit from them at the earliest. 
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Air Chief Marshall (r) Jayalath Weerakkody called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday and discussed matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations with him.
Talking to the high commissioner, the chief minister said that strong friendly relations exist between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and that Pakistan attaches high importance to its ties with Sri Lanka. He said that there was a need to further strengthen economic ties as well as cooperation in health and education sectors between the two countries. 
He said that both countries should make joint efforts for the betterment of their masses and that there should be maximum exchange of delegations between the two countries. He said that Pakistan desired strong and stable relations among the SAARC countries. 
The chief minister said that during the dengue outbreak in 2010-11, Sri Lankan doctors and experts extended all-out help and guidance to the Punjab government on humanitarian grounds for which the people of Pakistan were grateful to the Sri Lankan people and their government. He said that South Asia Labour Conference was being held in Lahore for strengthening contacts among SAARC countries.
High Commissioner Weerakkody said that efforts should be made for strengthening bilateral ties between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He said that Sri Lanka wanted strengthening economic ties with Pakistan. 
He said that the Punjab government led by Chief Minister Shahbaz was serving the masses in an effective manner and that he was deeply impressed by the development vision of the chief minister. He also invited Chief Minister Shahbaz to visit Sri Lanka. 
Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan and Honorary Consul General of Sri Lanka Nadeem Zia Pirzada were also present on the occasion. 

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