Punjab government has decided to construct 8 underground rainwater reservoirs at eight different places in Lahore to drain water from roads during rains.
Further, the government has also approved an Agriculture Marketing Complex at Lakho Dair under the Agricultural Markets Establishment Program in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank. Additionally, the funding required for the completion of ongoing schemes for the provision of sports facilities in different districts under the sports department will be ensured on a priority basis.
These decisions were made in the 51st meeting of the Cabinet Standing Committee on Finance and Development at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat presided over by the Punjab Minister for Finance Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht.
However, the minister instructed the sports department that it should ensure access of the common man to the sports complex and other sports facilities. The purpose of setting up a sports complex should not be the provision of entertainment opportunities to the elite class but to bring forward capable athletes.
The minister observed that the architecture of educational institutions, especially universities also impacts the students’ health. Thus, the Communication and Work department should also focus on adapting to the modern requirements of the architecture department for the construction of government buildings.
The meeting reviewed more than 19 recommendations from various departments and approved the reduction in different TEVTA courses under the Covid-19 program. Further, it also approved the setting up of a dispensary in a building at Chak 542 GB in Tandlianwala Tehsil, Faisalabad, the inclusion of the additional funding for THQ Hospital in the annual development program of the year and to expand the scope of the immunization program.
The meeting lifting ban on recruitment to administrative seats in the Danish School.
The funds were approved for the projects of the repair of the water supply system in Fort Monroe and a rainwater drainage plan. The meeting also approved the supplementary grants to the women ombudsman for the awareness campaign on harassment of women in South Punjab.
The provincial minister stressed that the women ombudsman should use modern media to make the awareness campaign effective and to raise awareness for changing criminal attitudes rather than punishment after a crime. He said that with the development of media, change in the policy of the information department was also a matter of urgency.
The meeting also approved in principle the increase in investment by the parties to expand the scope of the sustainable water supply program to 16 Tehsils in collaboration with the World Bank and local government department.
Punjab Infrastructure Development Cess was removed temporarily.