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Energy Fund under consideration, says Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that every possible option was being utilized for resolving energy crisis and the government was also considering setting up energy fund in this regard.

The CM said that energy projects would be completed speedily in collaboration with local and foreign institutions. He said that the Punjab government welcomes the interest of private sector in launching energy projects and would provide all facilities to the investors extending cooperation to the government in this regard. He expressed these views during separate meetings with two renowned industrialists Bashir Ali Muhammad and Hussain Dawood. Briefings were given to the Chief Minister by both the industrial groups about energy projects and other related matters.

Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan, Advisor Azm-ul-Haq, the Planning & Development chairman, the secretaries concerned, the managing director of Sui-Gas and other officials concerned were also present. Talking to Bashir Ali Muhammad, he expressed satisfaction over the fact that private sector wanted to play its role to rid the country and the nation of energy crisis. He vowed that PML-N government would fulfill the promise of reducing load-shedding at every cost.

The CM reiterated that facilities would be provided to the local and foreign investors for launching projects in energy sector and all the projects would be completed in a very transparent manner. Shahbaz Sharif while talking to Hussain Dawood said that generation of energy was the first and last priority of PML-N government. He said that industrial, economic and agriculture development could not be possible without energy. He said that the PML-N government was working on energy projects on war-footing and energy projects would be completed speedily. Hussain Dawood gave a briefing on the ongoing projects in energy and agriculture sectors on the occasion.

medicines: Punjab finance minister Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman on Saturday said that the government would ensure supply of standardised medicines to the people and the relevant laws would be strictly implemented. Three Drug Testing Laborites (DTL) were being established in Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore, besides the establishment of two Food Testing Laborites in Faisalabad and Rawalpindi, the minister said and added that the government had issued Rs. 150 million for the purpose. According to a handout issued here, the finance minister expressed these views while addressing party workers, doctors and a delegation of local chemists at his residence.

He said that improper storage facilities and violations of hygienic principles were causing a number of dangerous diseases. He said that the elements playing with the lives of the innocent would not be spared, and the government would leave no stone unturned for the provision of standardized and quality medicines to the masses. He asked the doctors community to launch a comprehensive campaign with new devotion against communicable and non-communicable diseases, especially in rural areas. The best approach to make the people and future generation healthy was to save the children and mothers from vaccine preventable diseases as the eradication of small pox from our country about 40 years ago had proved that vaccine could help in eradication of diseases, he said. The major focus, he added, was on protecting the health of people through strengthening of Primary Health Care & Disease Preventive Programmes. Meanwhile, Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman also directed the WASA and TMA officials to remain vigilant for the drainage of rainy water during monsoon season.

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