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LAHORE: Special Assistant to the Information Minister for Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that Chief Minister Usman Bazdar has taken notice of the Sialkot incident and has demanded a report and has also ordered an impartial inquiry into the incident.
Talking to media at the DGPR office here on Monday, he said that every aspect of the incident would be investigated and an inquiry report would be submitted to the Chief Minister. He said that the issue of public relief was going on in Sialkot due to mismanagement and wrong information was also provided to the Chief Secretary Punjab regarding this incident.
Dr Firdous said that the Chief Minister has expressed anger over the long queues of people for sugar in Ramadan bazaars. He said that if the standard operating procedures (SOPs) were not implemented properly, government officials would be held responsible.
He said there was no protocol issue as highlighted by some news channels. “I am outraged at the supply of substandard food and other items in the Ramadan bazaar. Actions speak louder than words and the Ramadan bazaar is designed for the welfare of the people,” he said. If the people’s representatives are accountable to the people, then the bureaucracy is also accountable. “
The Special Assistant said that the bureaucracy and the people’s representatives are the two main pillars of the government, as both have a duty to provide relief to the people. Those who obstruct public welfare measures will be dealt with with iron fists. The government was not in line with the bureaucracy. The SACM added, “We have no personal fights or animosities because we both work for the public good.”
He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was committed to the welfare of the backward classes and Chief Minister Usman Bazdar was striving to realize the dream of building low cost houses in the province.
He said that 133 locations have been identified across the province for the Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme and 54 locations have also been selected for construction of housing units in the first phase. He said that work would be started on priority basis at 32 places.
The Special Assistant said that the Punjab government has provided Rs. 3 billion for development works in the scheme. He said that the monthly installment of this house would be Rs. 10,000. He further said that the size of the house has been increased from 3 marlas to 3.5 marlas on the direction of the Chief Minister and the houses would be given to the deserving persons at a cost of Rs. 14.30 lakhs.
Dr. Firdous said that work on this project is underway in Sargodha, while the project is being launched in 10 tehsils including Chiniot, Lahore, DG Khan, Khushab, Mianwali, Sargodha and Khanewal. He said that in the first phase, more than 10,000 housing units would be constructed for low income families in 32 tehsils of Punjab.
He added that the construction of affordable housing for low-income people is a flagship program of the PTI government and the journalist community can also benefit from this scheme.