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Punjab government decides to provide financial assistance to IDPs

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government will also provide financial assistance to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency. 
He said that Chief Minister’s Relief Fund with a sum of Rs 500 million had been set up for the IDPs to which cabinet members and PML-N members of the Punjab Assembly have donated their one-month salary while officers of the Punjab government from BS-16 to BS-22 would also donate one-day salary to the fund.
He expressed these views while presiding over a high-level meeting that reviewed in detail steps taken for the assistance of the IDPs. The chief minister constituted a committee headed by MPA Khurram Gulfam with regard to distribution of financial assistance among IDPs. The committee was directed to evolve a foolproof system in this regard.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that help of IDPs was our national and religious obligation and that the Punjab government would launch a vigorous fundraising campaign for providing maximum assistance to the IDPs. The chief minister also directed forming a committee for launching fundraising campaign. 
He said that the Punjab government had sent a consignment of 50 truckloads of relief goods worth Rs 100 million to the IDPs and that it would continue to provide maximum relief to the IDPs till their complete rehabilitation. 
He appealed to philanthropists to donate generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. 
He said that each and every penny donated by them would be distributed among the IDPs in a transparent manner. 
Provincial ministers Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Bilal Yasin, Parliamentary Secretary on Information Rana Muhammad Arshad, MPAs Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Bao Akhtar, Mian Rafique, Waheed Gull, Khurram Gulfam, Rana Shoaib Idrees and Mahmood Qadir Khan Leghari and senior officials attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that provision of medical facilities to outdoor patients has started in Tayyip Erdogan Hospital in Muzaffargarh. He said that the state-of-the-art machinery, medical equipment and other latest facilities have been provided to the hospital. He said that Tayyip Erdogan Hospital was an excellent gift by the people and government of Turkey for the people of southern Punjab. 
According to a handout, he expressed these views while presiding over a high level meeting in which steps with regard to making Tayyip Erdogan Hospital a 500-bed teaching hospital were discussed.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that compilation of patients’ record through information technology had been introduced in the hospital. He directed the health secretary to introduce paperless system in other hospitals of the province under a phased programme. He said that a centre for rehabilitation of physically disabled persons would also be constructed in the hospital. He expressed the hope that this hospital would become a model hospital in the country. 
Chief Minister’s Adviser on Health Khwaja Salman Rafique, Lahore Development Authority Vice Chairman Khwaja Ahmed Hasaan and senior officials attended the meeting.
Chairing another meeting on implementation of the Rs 5 billion Ramazan Package, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that the Punjab government had announced the biggest Ramazan Package in the history of Pakistan for providing relief to the people during the holy month.
He said that stalls of utility stores would also be set up in Ramazan Bazaars. He warned that no one would be allowed to exploit the people through profiteering and hoarding. 
He also said that no compromise would be made on the quality of items. 
According to another handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz has taken notice of murder of a married couple in Daska and sought a report from the Sialkot district police officer. The chief minister ordered immediate arrest of culprits. 

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