LAHORE: The Punjab government on Saturday unveiled its reforms and growth strategy for the first 100 days of the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in the province, ‘according to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.’
Presiding over the second session of the Punjab cabinet on Saturday, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said poverty alleviation, promotion of tourism industry, agriculture reforms to increase production and agri-marketing capacity, livestock reforms, formulation of water policy, health and education reforms, women development, provision of clean drinking water, construction of five million houses, environment policy and tree plantation have been included the 100-day agenda.
Buzdar said progress on the 100-day programme will be reviewed and all departments concerned would submit report to the Chief Minister Office on weekly basis. “Stakeholders of various sectors will be taken into the confidence for finalisation of policy and recommendations,” he added.
The cabinet also approved constitutions of a steering committee on the implementation of 100-day programme under senior Minister Aleem Khan. The meeting that remained in session for over five hours decided that the CM and all ministers will donate their one-month salary to the PM Dam Fund.
The cabinet approved the Cabinet Standing Committee for Finance and Development and the Cabinet Standing Committee for Constitutional Affairs. Sub committees have also been constituted for the in-time implementation of 15 measures and projects concerning Punjab.
The cabinet also constituted a committee consisting of provincial ministers – Raja Basharat and Chaudhry Zahree-ud-Din – to decide about use of luxurious vehicles retrieved from companies and authorities. The committee will present its report in the next cabinet committee.
The cabinet also agreed on the name of Nasir Khan Durrani to preside over the commission for police reforms. The commission will consist of five members. On the proposal of the cabinet, it was decided that secretaries home, public prosecution and law will also be members of the commission. Addressing the meeting, Buzdar said speedy reforms will be introduced to de-politicise the police.
During the meeting, the CM and cabinet expressed dissatisfaction on the performance of the Anti-Corruption Establishment. The cabinet approved the constitution of a committee consisting of ministers for law and public prosecution for reforms in the Anti-Corruption Establishment.
The cabinet also approved unification of two departments of the health and formed a committee headed by Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid. The law minister will also be included in the committee.
The meeting also decided to continue the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant project and a committee was formed consisting of health and law ministers for recommendation on the making the institution more effective.
For the review of matters regarding to energy a committee was formed under Senior Minister Aleem Khan. Law and finance ministers will be included in the panel. To decide about matters of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Private Limited another committee was formed under Aleem Khan.
A resources mobilisation committee was formed to increase financial resources in the province. The cabinet was told that a working group has been made for establishment of South Punjab province on administrative grounds. Besides CM Buzdar, Foreign Minister Shah MehmoodQureshi and Federal Minister Khusro Bakhtiar are included in it.
A committee consisting of four ministers was formed to review affairs of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train. The cabinet also approved decisions of the first cabinet meeting. Provincial ministers, advisers, chief secretary and senior officials attended the meeting.
Giving briefing on the provincial cabinet decisions, Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan said the cabinet members paid rich tribute to the PM for his campaign for construction of dam.
He said deliberations are under way to make police free of political influence and a commission is set up for this purpose will present its recommendations to the chief minister. Punjab police would be made non-political on the lines of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Police.