On Monday, PTI’s parliamentarians expressed their exasperation at “inefficiency” of Punjab Government in delivering services to the standard. They also criticized deficiencies in development works in the remote areas (tehsils and districts). They highlighted that the proposals by MNAs regarding these matters had been ignored. MNAs and MPAs of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were attending a meeting that Punjab Chief minister Usman Buzdar had called in Lahore on Monday following the instructions of PM for bringing the provincial party lawmaker in the loop.
The meeting was bombarded with complaints and grumbles over Punjab Government’s performance
The above said meeting was unique in a way that it had been the first formal meeting by the Chief Minister with the party MNAs during the last 1 and a half year. Before this he had been interacted only with legislators of National Assembly delegations at his office. CM announced on Sunday about taking a “democratic and public welfare step” by holding consultations with the MNAs and MPAs of the party before finalizing the development programmes of 2020-2021.
Sources say that MNAs and MPAs of PTI from Faisalabad division informed CM that the government had completely failed in implementation of Article 25-A and “Right To Education” Act. They also expressed grief about absence of high or even middle schools in many areas which had led the children to quit school after primary classes.
While discussing the insufficient educational facilities in the area, An MNA told the meeting, “Since Pakistan is a signatory to Sustainable Development Goals , the present education delivery system won’t take Punjab anywhere. It was also not consistent with PM Imran Khan’s vision and commitment towards human development.” Sources say that another party legislator discussed the increased corruption level at the police station in province while it should be decreasing.
The law makers also complained about the uplifting of corruption to sky heights in Punjab
Also the legislators of PTI suggested that price control mechanism of essential commodities should be changed. One of them asked, “How a retailer can lower price of these commodities, when he himself is buying these on higher rates”. He suggested that the government should meet the manufacturers for keeping prices low and fixing retail prices taking in to account the transportation costs incurred & reasonable profits to be earned by the shop keepers.
A legislator said that the files of most cases relating to the financial support to be provided to the people deserving, remain stuck at office of Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner and the Chief Minister even the people waiting for the help die before receiving it. He suggested, “There is a need to reform the system by ensuring that the process gets complete at the level of assistant commissioner”.
Sources told reporters that Riaz Fatyana MNA made complaint about a floating bridge on River Ravi on the Kamalia Harrapa road. He had the opinion that Punjab government had stolen the bridge thrice within last 20 years. He further added said that he had got approval of Rs. 60 million ADP scheme. In 1998 Shahbaz Sharif had shifted the bridge to Rajanpur. Once it was returned, he again shifted the same to Chiniot for benefiting his sugar mils.
MNA Fatyana complained, “As the bridge (project) was coming back to its original location in Kamalia, the present PTI government diverted it to DG Khan, the home district of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar”. Sources say that CM did not respond to the complaints & suggestions by the legislators. He just instructed the administrative secretaries for noting down the problems and then planning action thereon. Azam Suleman Khan Chief Secretary was not there in the meeting. However, Punjab police inspector general, additional chief secretary (ACS) and administrative secretaries attended the meeting.
Meanwhile a handout by the Chief Minister reviewed the ongoing development schemes and projects related to the Faisalabad division. The legislators presented projects of public welfare under ADP for FY 2020-2021 for the respective constituencies. The chief minister assured resolving the Faisalabad division’s issues in consultation with the concerned MNAs and MPAs. He discussed launching programmes for sewerage system, clean water schemes, hygiene improvement & provision of other essential facilities in the province. These programmes would be about to cost billion of rupees.
Mr. Buzdar said that the government has allocated funds for the educational institutions in Faisalabad and improvement of health facilities. He told about constituting a committee chaired by Basharat Raja, law minister. The committee would be recommending creation of new tehsils and districts in the province of Punjab.
CM also instructed CMIT (Chief Minister Inspection Team) for conducting an inquiry about the matter of making “fake lists” to induct favorite candidates in the university of Agriculture Faisalabad and WASA. CM ordered a “stern action” to be taken against those found guilty of being involved in the said scam.
He also told that further meetings of MNAs and MPAs will be held on quarterly basis.