CS for implementation of court verdict on PR-govt land deal

Published: August 25, 2018
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Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani. PHOTO: FILE

Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani. PHOTO: FILE

Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani on Friday directed that modalities be finalised to implement the Supreme Court decision on the share of sale and lease of land between Pakistan Railways and the provincial government.

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He was presiding over a meeting at the Civil Secretariat on Friday to review the implementation of the Supreme Court’s judgment. The apex court, in its ruling in December 2011, fixed a 50% each share for Pakistan Railways and the Punjab government about the sale and lease of land. Addressing the meeting, the chief secretary said without compromising the interest of the province, the implementation of the SC’s decision would be ensured. He mentioned that a monitoring committee, on a provincial level, and district committees would be set up for this purpose.

Initially, a pilot project would be started in one or two districts and replicated in other districts, he added. The meeting was attended by the senior member board of revenue (SMBR), secretary finance, member colonies, Punjab additional advocate general and officers concerned.

Earlier, UK Department for International Development (DFID) Lahore’s new head Jinal Sha called on Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani at Civil Secretariat. Cooperation in the fields of health, education and other sectors was discussed in the meeting. The outgoing DFID Lahore head Roth Graham was also present in the meeting.

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Speaking on the occasion, the CS said collaboration between the Punjab government and DFID was successfully underway in the areas of education, health and skill development.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2018.

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