LAHORE: Chairing the provincial cabinet meeting here on Thursday Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said the journey of public services would continue and nothing would be interrupted, adding policies without tolerance of corruption would continue.
The 29th meeting of the provincial cabinet under the chair of the CM approved the allocation of two percent of seats for minorities to be accepted in public sector higher education institutions.
The decision has been taken based on the Punjab Minority Empowerment Package. It also gave principle approval to the LDA Land Use Rules, 2019 and amendments to the LDA Private Housing Scheme Regulation, 2014 besides forming a committee to review matters regarding the LDA private housing scheme. This committee will take further steps based on the recommendations of the provincial ministers. The Cabinet has imposed a ban on unnecessary expenditure along with the release of new additional grants to ensure strict financial discipline. However, payment of salaries and pensions will continue as usual. Approval of amendments in the cabinet committee TOR for legislation was approved to give him additional authority. The one-year extension in the provincial ombudsman service contract was given approval and direction was also given to provide the final form for matters concerning the appointment of (technical) members of the Punjab Neighborhood Court, Lahore. The Cabinet also approved the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act, 2019 and the Accreditation Authority and Framing of Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules, 2020.
Meanwhile, a ministerial committee was formed to examine the establishment of a 100-bed hospital in the old food department building in Multan and submit its final recommendations. The meeting also approved the minutes of the 28 Punjab cabinet meeting along with the approval of decisions made at the 29th, 30th and 31st cabinet committee meetings on finance and development.
Likewise, decisions made at a special cabinet committee meeting on finance and development held on 27 February, 10 March, 19 March and 28 March were also ratified in addition to the approval of decisions made at the 22nd cabinet committee meeting on legislation.
The CM welcomed Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan and Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik to a cabinet meeting.
I will move forward together with the whole team and will try my best to ensure good governance. Service delivery will be further enhanced to facilitate the community, he said. He called on government machinery to solve public problems based on priorities and added that people who performed well would be encouraged. The government machinery must proactively undertake to face existing challenges and the government led by PTI stands with people in this difficult situation, he assured. All must carry out their duties and the target of procurement of wheat will be achieved. He stressed that the interests of farmers will be protected and operations will continue towards landfillers. He said Rs25 billion had been released to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The CM revealed that deductions from salaries of doctors and other health professionals at the head of the coronavirus funds would be returned and they would be paid in full. Instructions have been issued for the health department in this regard, he added.
Doctors and other staff, who are involved in treating coronavirus patients, will get an additional salary from April and this additional payment will be given to them to overcome the pandemic, he added. The meeting was briefed on the procurement of wheat and matters concerning coronavirus. Ministers, advisers, special assistants, chief secretaries and others attended the meeting.