Jobless youths to get 50,000 vehicles under Yellow Cab Scheme from October: CM

*Approves purchase of 68 busses for Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Project

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that government was implementing various programmes for empowerment and provision of employment opportunities to youths and that Yellow Cab Scheme will be started in the month of October this year under which 50,000 vehicles will be given to unemployed youths on soft terms and conditions.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting that reviewed proposals for the launch of Yellow Cab Scheme under the Self-Employment Programme. MPAs Ayesha Ghaus Pasha and Sheikh Alauddin and officials concerned attended the meeting. 
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that a transparent and computerised system would be adopted for distribution of vehicles under the Yellow Cab Scheme and the government would also give subsidy on these vehicles. He said that youths were being empowered through provision of employment opportunities and that the Punjab government had initiated several programmes for their empowerment. He said that soft-term loans were also being given to them under the Self- Employment Programme for establishing their own businesses and thousands of youth have benefited from this revolutionary programme.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also presided over a meeting of the Punjab Metro Bus Authority, which approved its budget for 2014-15 fiscal. 
According to another handout, the meeting also gave approval to purchase of 68 buses for the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project besides necessary measures with regard to execution of orange line metro train project. 
Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khwaja Ahmed Hassaan, elected representatives, party leaders and officials concerned attended the meeting. 
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the Punjab government was implementing a revolutionary programme for provision of safe, comfortable and economical travelling facilities to the masses and that effective measures have been taken for the improvement of the transport system. He said that feasibility study for purple line metro train and blue line metro train would also be conducted. 
He said that Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project would be completed by the end of this year while foundation stone of Multan Metro Bus Project would be laid on August 14. The Punjab Metro Bus Authority managing director gave a detailed briefing to the participants of the meeting. 
According to another handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government has announced the biggest Annual Development Programme (ADP) in the history of the province for the current fiscal year and record funds of Rs 345 billion have been allocated for development projects. He said that huge resources of Rs 119 billion have been earmarked for the development of various districts of South Punjab and that hard work and professionalism was required to achieve the targets of the ADP. 
MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, MPA Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha and officers concerned attended the meeting. 
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that three districts and officers of three departments showing outstanding performance regarding utilisation of development budget for the last fiscal year would be awarded commendatory certificates while those showing poor performance would be taken to task. He directed that a comprehensive information technology system be evolved regarding the issuance of development funds and their utilisation. He said that policy of third-party audit of development projects be implemented strictly as, in case of failure, an action would be taken against authorities concerned. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that district development committees have been formed for the implementation of development programme. Issuing instructions for the establishment of a cabinet committee, he said that it would review the implementation of the ADP on a permanent basis. 
He directed the chief secretary to hold meetings twice a month to review implementation of the ADP and said that he would also review it on a monthly basis. 

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