Wheat harvesting campaign opens: Shahbaz announces agri university, trauma centre


LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government will honour its promises made with the people at all costs and that all resources will be utilised to improve the living standard of common man, farmers, labourers and other deprived segments of society. He also said that every penny would be spent on the welfare of common man in a transparent manner. According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while addressing a public meeting and talking to the press after inaugurating wheat harvesting campaign in Burj Ilyas village of Depalpur tehsil in Okara District on Saturday. Chief Minister Shahbaz directed the Revenue Department officials to identify a chunk of land for building an agriculture university in Depalpur. He said that the university would bring about educational and farming revolution in the area. He announced a grant of Rs 1 million for the Depalpur press club besides announcements to build a trauma centre in Depalpur Hospital and establish a girls degree college where classes would commence from this year. He said that approval had already been given to the establishment of an industrial estate in Depalpur.Chief Minister Shahbaz said that time was not far away when tube-wells would work 24 hours, wheel of industry would keep on moving round the clock and cheap electricity would be provided to farmers in abundance. He said that there was bumper wheat crop this year and that the Punjab government would purchase 4 million metric tonnes of wheat from farmers. He said that foolproof arrangements had been made at wheat procurement centres to ensure that farmers get due return of their produce. He congratulated the farmers for working day and night to put the agricultural economy of the country on the road to progress and said that Allah Almighty had rewarded them for their hard work. He expressed the hope that despite achieving self-sufficiency, huge foreign exchange would be earned by exporting wheat stocks. The chief minister said that the Punjab government had taken steps to introduce modern farming methods and strengthen agricultural economy during the last five years. He said that a comprehensive plan had been made to overcome energy crisis and that foundation stones of coal power plants with generation capacity of 2,500 MW of electricity would be laid at Port Qasim and Sahiwal during the month of May. He said that the PML-N government revived the Nandipur Power Project soon after coming to power and that its first turbine would also start generating 100 MW of electricity from next month. He said that the PML-N government had started 11 energy projects in a short period of 11 months and that these projects would help overcome energy crisis gradually. He said that the government was aware of the fact that diesel was expensive and our farmers could not afford running tube-wells on diesel. He said that the government would provide electricity to farmers at cheaper tariff. Chief Minister Shahbaz also visited the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Daud Bandagi Kirmani in Shergarh, laid a floral wreath and offered dua. Addressing notables of the area, the chief minister said that the PML-N government believed in public service and merit. He announced the construction of Rescue-1122 centre in Renala Khurd and a water supply and sewerage system for Shergarh. Chief Minster Shahbaz also went to the residence of MPA Syed Raza Ali Shah Gilani, former provincial minister, in Hujra Shah Muqeem and met with Sajjada Nasheen Pir Syed Ijaz Ali Shah Gilani and former provincial minister Syed Afzal Ali Shah Gilani. The chief minister left Okara for Lahore in the afternoon. 

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