“Schemes that directly benefit the poor should be included in the Annual Development Programme to ensure welfare of the masses,” said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday.
He was presiding over a meeting to review the ADP schemes for 2015-16.
National Assembly member Hamza Shahbaz and MPAs Rana Sanaullah and Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, the chief secretary, the Planning and Development Board chairman were also present. Sharif said that Development Strategy 2018 was a solid programme to improve the economy. He said ADP 2015-16 would usher in a new era of progress and development in the province.
He said the Rural Roads Programme would bring about a revolution in the rural economy and every segment of the rural population would benefit from it.
He said infrastructure development was an imperative for trade. He said the skills development programme, Daanish schools, Rural Roads Programme, Saaf Pani Project and other projects would bring a positive change in rural life.
Sharif said modern cattle markets were being set up in the province for livestock farmers. He said billions of rupees had been invested in solar power projects in rural areas.
The chief minister said investment of billions of rupees by banks in gas-based energy projects showed their confidence in the government’s policies. He said a comprehensive plan was being formulated for imparting technical training to 500,000 youths every year.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2015.
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