Punjab to fill 70k posts

CM Buzdar promises package to combat price hike


Our Correspondent October 27, 2021
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LAHORE:

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar announced on Tuesday that the government would fill 70,000 vacant posts in the education, health and other departments.

Talking to the media in Multan after inaugurating the 'Reach every home' coronavirus vaccination campaign, he said jobs would be given to people to decrease unemployment.

Asserting that the government was stable, the chief minister said it would soon announce a package to combat the problem of price hikes. He added that the prime minister would also soon announce a package to give relief to the people.

The chief minister said the Punjab government had launched the 'Reach every home' campaign for coronavirus vaccination, in which one million people would be vaccinated daily by 18,000 mobile teams constituted for the purpose.

The target of vaccinating 80 million people in the province would be achieved in December, he added.

Chief Minister Buzdar said he would soon make a detailed visit to Bahawalpur and Multan and review the South Punjab Secretariat’s performance.

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He said the government was making efforts to overcome the shortage of officers for ensuring better performance of institutions.

All departments would be shifted gradually to the regional secretariat, he added.

The chief minister was informed that 54 per cent vaccination target had been achieved in Multan.

Buzdar also visited Faisalabad, where he inaugurated development schemes worth Rs9 billion and laid the foundation stone of 81 projects.

He inaugurated the Child Protection Institute completed at a cost of Rs210 million. He also inaugurated the Tandlianwala Cricket Stadium and the upgrading of the 60-bed Khurianwala Regional Health Centre, which was completed at a cost of Rs200 million.

Speaking to media, the chief minister said 10 road repair projects of 145km would be completed with Rs3.4 billion, and 19 clean water supply and drainage schemes would be completed with Rs4 billion. A total of 2,362 development projects worth Rs105.42 billion would be completed in Faisalabad, he maintained. He added that Rs3.7 billion would be spent on 402 community development schemes in the division.

Another Rs850 million would be spent on 51 development schemes through the Sugarcane Development Cess, Rs1.2 billion on 441 schemes under the Punjab Municipal Services Programme and 610 projects under local government ADP 2020-21 would be completed at a cost of Rs2.7 billion, the CM said.

Meanwhile, Rs1.39 billion is being spent on four ongoing specialised healthcare schemes and four water supply and drainage projects would be completed in partnership with the French development agency AFD.

The chief minister said the 100km Faisalabad Ring Road would be revamped with Rs7 billion and a new transport system would be introduced. He said an additional Rs7 billion would be spent on completing ongoing schemes of the district development package.

The chief minister highlighted that a 3,217 acre Special Economic Zone was being developed in Faisalabad under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), where more than 50 Chinese companies had invested.

The number would rise to 150 next year, he added.

The chief minister said in reply to a question that new districts and tehsils were being carved out to bring improvement in administrative matters. He said the whole world was facing a price hike due to the pandemic.

The chief minister said the government intended to hold local bodies elections after approval of the relevant act from the provincial assembly.

The chief minister also visited the Child Protection Institute and inspected the facilities being provided to orphans.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2021.

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