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Shahbaz distributes solar lamps among talented students

The Punjab government has decided to enlighten the environment through Ujala Programme at a cost of Rs2.5 billion under which solar lamps are being distribute among talented students, stated Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Thursday.

He was speaking at the distribution ceremony of solar lamps among talented students of Punjab educational institutions in Rawalpindi Division at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi (PMAS-UAAR).

The ceremony was attended by Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Adviser to the Chief Minister Zakia Shahnawaz, Senator Zafar Ali Shah, Begum Najma Hameed, MNAs Mohammad Hanif Abbasi, Shakil Awan, Malik Ibrar and PML-N leader Sardar Nasim and officials of the educational institutions.

Shahbaz Sharif, criticising the federal government, said that it plundered billions of rupees in the name of giving electricity to citizens. However, instead of improving the situation of power supply, it instead gave the gift of darkness, affecting industries, factories and making lives of people hard to live. However, with an amount of Rs2.5 billion, the Punjab government is distributing solar lamps among students for providing them access to studies even during hours of loadshedding.

Due to the hard work of talented students, thousands of houses would brighten up because of solar lamps being given to them. The students would now not face any difficulty to prepare for their examinations even when the power remains suspended during loadshedding, Shahbaz Sharif said. He said that 200,000 solar lamps would be distributed among talented students of Punjab.

Under Ujala Programme, 17,292 lamps are being given to students of Rawalpindi Division, while 11,000 lamps would be distributed among students of Rawalpindi District. Laptops and solar lamps are recognition of talent of students, which are being given purely on merit basis.

Shahbaz Sharif said that ‘Zar Baba and Forty Thieves’ have pushed the country into darkness by massive corruption, while the PML-N government was brightening up the environment again through Ujala Programme.

He predicted that with the dissolution of assemblies and holding of general elections, people of the country would get rid of ‘Zar Baba and Forty Thieves’ forever. After coming into power, the PML-N would form such a government, which would bring prosperity and development in the country.

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