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Outages becoming intolerable: Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said the federal government was discriminating against the Punjab over the issue of load-shedding, and that the situation was becoming intolerable for the people of the province.

Addressing senior civil officers at his Tent Office, Minar-e-Pakistan, the chief minister said the unjust loadshedding was not a provincial issue but it concerned 100 million people of Pakistan who had to suffer loadshedding for up to 16 hours a day. Shahbaz said he would have raised his voice in protest if the unjust and cruel treatment had been meted out to any other province.

He said the Punjab government was working on multiple projects of generation of energy through coal, hydel, solar and other sources, along with implementing projects of electricity generation in industrial estates. He pointed out that 1,000 bio-gas plants to operate tubewells were being distributed among small farmers, whereas planning regarding the provision of solar penals to the downtrodden families of rural areas had been made.

The chief minister warned the federal government not to create impediments in regard to electricity generation projects in the provinces, stressing that if other development projects could be expeditiously implemented, the electricity projects could also be operationalised at a quicker pace.

The CM directed officers of the Labour Department to strictly ensure implementation of Rs.9,000/per month minimum wage for all the labourers throughout the province. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Chief Secretary Nasir Mahmood Khan Khosa and secretaries of different departments were also present.

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