Monthly Archives: December 2016

CM CONGRATULATES MAYORS, DEPUTY MAYORS, CHAIRMEN AND VICE CHAIRMEN DISTRICT COUNCILS ON ADMINISTERING OATH OF THEIR POSTS 

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LAHORE (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has congratulated Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen District Councils for administering oath of their offices and said that local bodies are an effective system of resolving the problems of the masses at local level. He said that local governments will start functioning from January 2nd 2017 in the province and activation of this system will help resolve the problems of the people at lower level and process of development will speedily be forwarded. He said that local governments are being empowered while decision has been taken to give them financial autonomy under Provincial Finance Commission Award 2016. Accountability is also necessary along with powers and responsibilities, he added. Shehbaz Sharif said that 44% increase has been made in the funds of local governments as compared to previous year. The Chief Minister said that local bodies representatives will have to come up to the confidence reposed by the people in them at all costs and made public service their mission. He expressed the hope that local bodies representatives will work hard for serving the people and utilize all their energies in this regard. He said that it is demand of the office of heads and representatives of local bodies to sacrifice their comfort for the people and only serve the masses. He said that Almighty Allah has bestowed those succeeded in local bodies elections with new responsibility and they have to work for it honestly. Shehbaz Sharif said that local bodies representatives should use all their capabilities for public service. He assured his full support to local bodies representatives and added that they should serve the people with honesty and selflessly. He said that PML-N government is writing a new chapter of transparency and hard work and added that under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the journey of selfless service to the people will be continued.      cm

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 Newly elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor Rawalpindi took the oath – Fnni.org 

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RAWALPINDI (FNNI) Newly elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Naseem Khan and Ch. Tariq Mehmood took oath of their respective offices here at Rawalpindi Arts Council on Saturday. Oath-taking ceremony was divided into two sessions, one for Mayor and other for Deputy Mayor Rawalpindi. Administrator Tarawa Town Nazis Sudan presided over both sessions and administered oath from both. While congratulating elected Mayor and deputy Mayor, presiding officer Nazia Sudan said that need of hour is to join hand together for the welfare of people and carry on implementation of development schemes in Rawalpindi. She strongly opposed corruption and advised newly elected representatives to make efforts for corruption free society by rooting out this plague from every organization. That would be the only way that by fulfilling their obligations they could answer the confidence that public reposed in them otherwise they will risk their future position before voters.

pix-sardar-nasim-31-12-16Speaking to media persons and political workers after the ceremony, Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Naseem Khan vowed that he will play his due part to facilitate common people and raise their living standards. He said that by electing him people have shown great faith and imposed greatest responsibility and he will try is level best to meet their expectations. Along-with mega projects like Metro-bus, Cardiology center, Shahbaz sharif park etc etc up gradation of schools and hospitals is also under our consideration and we will bring it down to the street work as well. He said that rather than slogans and claims we believe in work and our action will speak louder. We will not leave any stone unturned to nip the evil of corruption in the bud and make our society corruption free and prosperous.

Many dignitaries of Rawalpindi District like DOC Rawalpindi Tall at Mehmood Gonadal, CPO Rawalpindi Israr Abaasi, Hanif Abbasi chairman Metro Bus, Senator Najma Hameed, MNA Malik Ibrar, Tahira Orangzeb, MPA Teheen Fawad, Zaib un Nisa, Seema Jillani, Lubna Rehan, Raja hanif, Dr Jamal Nasir, Hafiz Usman and a huge lot of Political workers grace the occasion.

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FOOLPROOF SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD BE ENSURED IN VIEW OF NEW YEAR—SHEHBAZ SHARIF – Fnni.org

LAHORE (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif that foolproof security arrangements should be ensured for the maintenance of law and order situation and protection of life and property of the people and police should take all out steps for maintaining public peace. He said that foolproof security arrangements should be further tightened throughout the province for safeguarding the life and property of the masses. Shahbaz Sharif said that implementation of the law should be ensured in the province at all costs and foolproof security arrangements be ensured on the eve of the new year besides indiscriminate action be taken against those involved in the aerial firing. Issuing directions to Provincial Cabinet Committee on Law and Order, the Chief Minister said that indiscriminate action should be taken against the elements taking law in their hand and police should perform its duty efficiently for maintaining the environment of public peace. He said that senior police officers should remain present in the field while special steps taken for smooth flow of traffic so that citizens could not face any difficulty.

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CM CONGRATULATES PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN ON NEW YEAR -Fnni.org

LAHORE (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has congratulated people of Pakistan on New Year 2017. In his message, the Chief Minister said that 2016 has proved to be the year of achievements and successes for Pakistan and Pakistani nation. He said that Pakistan displayed outstanding performance in different sectors during the last year. He said that success in the war against terrorism and economic stability were also appreciated at international level. Similarly, result-oriented steps of zero tolerance policy against corruption have yielded positive results and corruption has reduced substantially in the country, he added. Shahbaz Sharif said that splendid example of saving resources of billions of rupees of the nation was set by forwarding the projects with transparency, speed, and standard. He said that Pakistan is strengthening socio-economically with the implementation of the splendid economic package given by our sincere and trustworthy friend China and CPEC is proving to be a game changer for Pakistan in the real sense. He said that 2017 will be the year of completion of CPEC projects. The Chief Minister said that political and military leadership has jointly laid the foundation of stable, peaceful, safe and economically strengthened Pakistan in 2016 and excellent achievements were made in the war against terrorism with unflinching determination and unity of the nation. He said that Pakistan of today is stronger, peaceful and developed as compared to previous year. Shahbaz Sharif said that 2017 is the year of progress, the prosperity of Pakistan, strengthening of economy and completion of development projects. He said that darkness will be removed from the country with the completion of energy projects. He said that new year will start with the hope of bright future, the strong economy, and development. He said that our determination is higher than challenges and 2017 will bring light and illumination for the Pakistani nation. He said that we will have to review our achievements and failures while welcoming the new year and seeing off 2016. He said that we have to move forward with the determination of reformation in future while learning a lesson from past negligence. He said we have to reiterate our determination to utilize all out capabilities for the prosperity of Pakistan and made the country a haven of peace by promoting mutual accommodation, tolerance, sacrifice and interreligious harmony. He has prayed that 2017 should prove to be a year of socio-economic progress and prosperity for all the countrymen.       cm

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ICCI has congratulated UBG for sweeping the elections of FPCCI -Fnni.org

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Islamabad (FNNI) Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has congratulated S. M. Munir Patron-in-Chief, Iftikhar Ali Malik, Chairman, and all members of United Business Group (UBG) for sweeping the elections of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) for the year 2017 and hoped that UBG winning team would work hard on resolving the key issues of business community of the country.

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Khalid Iqbal Malik President, Khalid Malik Senior Vice President, and Tahir Ayub Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the third consecutive victory of UBG in FPCCI elections showed that the Group was delivering up to the expectations of its constituents.

 They also congratulated Zubair Tufail newly elected President and Aamer Ata Bajwa Senior Vice President of FPCCI. They congratulated UBG’s all newly elected Vice President of FPCCI. They said Mian Shaukat Masud former President ICCI has been elected as Vice President on the Federal area seat which was an honor for our Chamber.

 Khalid Iqbal Malik said that UBG has introduced a merit-based election system and democratic culture in the FPCCI elections which was laudable and hoped that UBG would continue to nominate competent business leaders to lead the apex trade body of the country.

He was optimistic that under the leadership of Zubair Tufail, FPCCI would become a further stronger apex trade body to promote Pakistan’s business and economic interests. He assured that ICCI would extend its full cooperation to the new leadership of FPCCI and UBG in efforts aimed at resolving the issues of trade and industry and promoting the interests of the private sector. They also appreciated the services of outgoing President FPCCI Abdul Rauf who worked hard to serve the business community of the country.

Khalid Javed, Chairman, Founder Group also congratulated UBG and its newly elected candidates for FPCCI and added that victory of UBG was the victory of democratic forces in the business community. He said ICCI has always supported UBG candidates due to the good vision of S. M. Munir and Iftikhar Ali Malik for promoting democratic culture in the business politics and it would continue to support the Group in its good initiatives for promoting the cause of business community in the country. He also lauded the efforts of Abdul Rauf, outgoing President of FPCCI for resolving issues and promoting the interests of the business community of the entire country.

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Textile is the mainstay of national economy  Muhammad Saeed Sheikh -Fnni.org

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FAISALABAD(FNNI) Textile is the mainstay of the national economy which is facing steep decline for the last many years. In order to revive this foreign exchange earning sector the government must announce textile package in addition to enhancing rebate from 0.5 to 5 percent with immediate effect, said Engineer Muhammad Saeed Sheikh President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI).

He was addressing a seminar organized by SMEDA on “Production and Operation Management” in FCCI here today. seeadthe overall economy of Pakistan, he said that our foreign exchange earnings are restricted to foreign remittances and textile exports. He said that textile is much more important as compared to the remittances. “The textile sector also plays an instrumental role in providing much-needed jobs to the unemployed youth in addition to fetching precious foreign exchange”, he added. He said that unluckily for the last 12 years, this sector has been totally ignored by the governments and now its impacts are visible in the form of declining exports. He said that the foreign exchange earned by textile exports has dwindled from 18-20 to 14-15 billion dollars. He also criticized the so-called zero rating of textile exports and said that government is still charging 17 percent sales tax on raw material consumed by this sector for the purpose of exports. He further said that sales tax and income tax refunds are still pending for the last many years. Moreover, in the garb of zero rating 1.5 to 2 percent non-refundable tax has been imposed whereas the income from exports is not equivalent to this tax. He said that earlier the tax paid was refundable though with a delay of many years but now this 2 percent tax is totally un-refundable which has added burden on exporters in addition to enhancing their cost of production and eroding their financial base.

He further told that textile sector is facing multiple challenges in the form of costly electricity and gas.  The Pakistani exporters are getting electricity at 10 to 12 cent per unit while the same electricity is available in India at 4 to 5 cent per unit. He said that it is miracle that despite these odds, the textile sector is surviving only due to the resilience and commitment of our entrepreneurs. He said that FCCI has been highlighting these issues at all forums but still these have to be resolved. He said that government should make the exports a profitable business as at present it has lost its profitability. He also stressed the need to revive the sick textile units which are our national asset and could also add to our GDP.

 SVP, FCCI Rana Sikandar Azam welcomed the holding of the seminar by SMEDA and said that more seminars on important issues should also be arranged for the convenience and benefit of the business community.

Engineer Ahmad Hasan VP, FCCI told that FCCI and SMEDA have inked a MoU under which at least 12 clusters of industries have been created to improve their productivity as well as quality. He said that R&D department of FCCI has also been reactivated to critically analyze the core economic issues and recommend proper steps to improve the overall economy. He told that we should follow the economies of countries like Vietnam and Thailand who have given a quantum jump to their economy within a short span of a few years.

He said that basically Pakistan is and agriculture country but we are still revolving around the production of raw material and no serious efforts have been made for value addition. He said that through value addition in dairy sector alone we could earn billions of rupees but for this purpose, the government has to play its role in policy making and facilitation to the concerned sector. He also responded to questions and queries asked by the participants of this seminar and advise them to identify their sector-specific issues with viable recommendations to solve the same.Later, President FCCI Engineer Muhammad Saeed Sheikh distributed certificates among the participants of the seminar while the experts including Bilal Afzal delivered lectures on production and operation management. 

CM Shahbaz Sharif will soon declare malnutrition emergency in the province to overcome malnutrition MP&Dp Dr. Shabana Haider – Fnni.org

RAWALPINDI(FNNI) Member Planning and Development Department Punjab Dr. Shabana Haider has said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will soon declare malnutrition emergency in the province to overcome malnutrition through a comprehensive and robust strategy and involvement of various departments at the district level that will work at the union council level. She said malnutrition addressing committees have been established at the district level that includes senior officers from health, education, agriculture, livestock and fisheries departments to implement the strategy and get tangible results.

She said this while addressing a one-day seminar on district malnutrition addressing committee at a local hotel here. Provincial Chief World Food Program (WFP) Shezada Rashid, Unicef Punjab Health and Nutrition specialist Dr Tahir Mehmood, Chief Nutritionist Muhammad Aslam and representative of WFP Dr Lamia Mehmood, besides senior district officers of health, education, agriculture, fisheries from Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Chakwal and Attock districts were also present on the occasion.

     Member Planning and Development Department Punjab Dr. Shabana Haider said malnutrition is the bigger issue than load shedding because Pakistan’s DGP will increase by 2.5 percent if the issue of loadshedding is resolved, but DGPR will increase by 10 percent if the issue of malnutrition is addressed. She said according to National Nutrition survey 2011, the trend of breastfeeding has reduced to 17 percent from 51 percent in last ten years and this alarming situation is also a major cause of malnutrition in the newborn. She said malnutrition badly damages the mental health of the children due to which education is also suffered and it also causes diseases like hypertension, diabetes, paralysis and other fatal diseases.

Unicef Punjab Health and Nutrition specialist Dr. Tahir Mehmood said the Punjab government has prepared a revolutionary and robust strategy to address the issue of malnutrition and it will have far-reaching consequences. He said that according to the National Nutrition Survey 2011, 4.5 million children in Punjab are underweight and 4.5 million are also stunted children, and that situation can be improved through better nutrition.

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INTERIM PROVINCIAL FINANCE COMMISSION AWARD 2016 – Fnni.org

LAHORE (FNNI) The government of the Punjab has approved the design of Interim Provincial Finance Commission Award, 2016. The approval was granted by the provincial cabinet in its meeting presided by Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister, Punjab on December 30, 2016, in Lahore. The Award was approved in accordance with section 153 (3) (A) of the Punjab Local Government Act, 2013. It may be added that the recommendations for the Interim PFC Award 2016 were finalized by an Interim Provincial Finance Committee on December 08, 2016 under the chairpersonship of Dr. Aisha G. Pasha, Finance Minister, Punjab.

During the discussion on the Award, the Chief Minister appreciated the hard work done by the members of the Interim PFC and the officers of the Finance Department. Chief Minister said that it was a historic award which would go a long way towards improving service delivery by local governments in Punjab. He said that his Government wanted to empower local governments in Punjab. Devolution of 44% of Net Provincial Consolidated Fund to local governments is a proof of the resolve of the Government to ensure devolution of financial authority to local governments.  Chief Minister also said that share of local governments works out to Rs.391.0 billion for FY 2016-17. He also added that the development grants given to local governments would be utilized only for the purpose of development expenditure.

Dr. Aisha G. Pasha, Finance Minister, said that vertical share of local governments has been decided to ensure adequacy of resources for local governments. It will help enable local governments to perform their function at the local level. The share of local governments in the provincial revenue has been increased despite provincial nation of a number of functions. She said that a multi-factor formula has been used for horizontal distribution of resources under the Award. The weight of ‘population’ in the formula has been kept at 75% (which was 91% under the PFC Award 2006). The remaining weight i.e. 25% is distributed between poverty, expenditure needs and cost of service delivery. The inclusion of indicators of poverty, expenditure needs and cost of service delivery will help equalize between different districts of Punjab by increasing the share of districts of South Punjab. As a consequence, the southern districts of Punjab will have more resources at their disposal to improve the state of education, health, and municipal services in the region. At the same time, through the transfer of a higher vertical share, the needs of people of remaining districts of Punjab have also been taken care of. She also added that special attention has also been given to ensure the provision of adequate resources to rural areas of Punjab. In order to achieve this objective, an adequate share would be transferred to District Councils. In addition, equal monthly transfers would be provided to Urban and Rural Union councils which will help resolve day to day issues faced by citizens at the grass root. Most importantly the Award would be formula based. It would bring transparency and predictability in transfers to local governments in Punjab.

Key features of the Interim PFC Award. 2016 are as follows:

  1. Under the Interim PFC Award, the share of ‘Allocable Amount’ for local government functions will increase to 44% of Net Provincial Consolidated Fund (NPCF) resulting in 42% increase in resources available for local service delivery functions.
  2. The resources flowing to local governments would comprise two components, i.e. formula-based component (37.5% of NPFC) and Grants for Special Purposes (6.5% of NPCF).

    iii.            Rs 391.0 billion are earmarked for local government functions with ‘formula based transfers’ amounting to Rs.337.5 billion. The formula based transfers are 23.1% higher than current year’s budget allocation (based on PFC 2006) of Rs.274.0 billion.Grants for Special Purposesamounting to Rs.54.0 billion have been added to help augment service delivery by local governments.Overall the award would result in unprecedented transfers to local governments, which will fiscally empower this essential tier of government. It needs to be clarified that higher transfers are being made to local governments despite theprovincialization of many functions including agriculture, livestock, roads and buildings, etc.

  1. Interim PFC Award, through formula-based transfer system, will bring transparency and predictability into fiscal transfer system and enable local councils /governments to plan to sustain ably.
  2. Interim PFC-2016 proposes to establish three types of grants i.e. General Purpose Grant (82%), Transition Grant (7%) and Development Grant (11%). The size of each grant and shares of local governments in each grant are determined on the basis their historical expenditure and fiscal need. Development Grant will not be used for other than developmental purposes.
  3. Shares of local governments are District Education Authorities (66.9%), District Health Authorities (16.3%), Local Councils (12.8%) and Union Councils (4%) ensuring adequate resources for salary and non-salary purposes as well as development needs.

  vii.            Interim PFC Award proposes an overall increase of 164% for local councils (District Councils and Municipal Corporations/Committees) translating into an increase from Rs.17.0 billion to Rs.43.2 billion.

viii.            The function of health at the district level (through District Health Authorities) would get an increase of 37% over their estimated expenditure for an on-going financial year from Rs.40.2 billion to Rs.55.1 billion.

  1. The function of primary and secondary education at the district level (through District Education Authorities) would also get an increase of 19% (Rs.37.5 billion) over its estimated expenditure during FY 2016/17. The transfers would increase from Rs.190.4 billion to Rs.226.0 billion.
  2. Horizontal distribution of ‘General Purpose Grant’ and ‘Development Grant’ would be done on the basis of a multi-factor formula, with a weight of ‘population’ determined to be75% (which was 91% under the PFC Award 2006). The remaining weight i.e. 25% is distributed between poverty, expenditure needs and cost of service delivery.
  3. The factors considered for horizontal distribution among DEAs, in addition to population, are population density, poverty, school going-age population, girls middle school enrolment and out of school children.

  xii.            Similarly, in case of DHAs, population density, poverty, women population of child bearing age and population of elderly (above 65% years) & children (less than 9 years) in addition to population.

xiii.            In case of local councils, the factors considered in horizontal distribution are population density, poverty and lack of access to improved water sources in addition to population.

xiv.            Horizontal distribution on the basis of variables determining fiscal need and cost of service delivery would ensure that each local government would have sufficient resources for salary, non-salary and development purposes.

  1. Each Urban and rural union councils will receive an annual transfer of Rs.3.6 million.

xvi.            In order to incentivize performance and to build a capacity of local governments, the Award also proposes to establish a competitive challenge fund for capacity building and innovation in service delivery.

xvii.            The government is establishing an Internal Audit Authority for annual and special financial and performance audits of local government through the independent / third party in order to reduce fiduciary risks in the utilization of funds and to get value for money of its investments.

Dr. Aisha G. Pasha thanked the staff of Sub-National Governance Programme, a DFID / UK government funded the program, for technical assistance in designing of the Interim PFC Award.

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PARLIAMENTARIANS CALL ON SHAHBAZ SHARIF – Fnni.org 

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LAHORE (FNNI) Parliamentarians belonging to different districts met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is proving to be a game changer in the region including Pakistan and has accelerated the pace of progress and prosperity of the country. He said that the speed of work on CPEC projects in Pakistan is unprecedented. He said that people of Pakistan can never forget the historic investment package worth billions of dollars given by China. He said that under CPEC investment of 36 billion dollars is being made in energy projects whereas, under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PML-N government is setting up powerhouses with its own resources. Shahbaz Sharif said that efforts of the government for resolving energy crisis are proving fruitful and work is being carried out expeditiously on energy projects in the country including Punjab. He said that a number of energy projects will start production in 2017 due to which load-shedding will be eliminated. The Chief Minister stressed upon assembly members to maintain a close contact with the people and resolve their problems on priority basis. Those who met the Chief Minister included Provincial Minister Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Sardar Ahmed Qadeer Khan and former MNA Sheikh Waqas Akram.

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SHEHBAZ SHARIF PRESIDES OVER CABINET MEETING – Fnni.org

LAHORE (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting of provincial cabinet here today which granted approval to amendments in Drug Act 1976 and DRAP 2012. The cabinet also approved with consensus Provincial Finance Commission Award 2016 and Punjab Civil Administration Ordinance 2016 as well as endorsed the minutes of the meeting of cabinet’s Standing Committee on Finance and Development. The Punjab cabinet also decided unanimously that local government system will be enforced in the province fromJanuary 2, 2017 and local governments will come into existence on that date. The meeting decided to enhance sentences and fines on the elements involved in the nefarious trade of spurious and substandard drugs and their properties will also be confiscated. Moreover, under Civil Administration Act 2016, Deputy Commissioner Office will operate instead of District Coordination Office.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that the role of local government institutions is of vital importance with regard to the solution of problems of people at local level and with the activation of local governments, service delivery to the masses will improve. He said that local governments are being activated in the province from January 2, 2017, and decision have been taken by the Punjab cabinet today with consensus. He said that local governments will also be empowered and granted financial autonomy. He said that under Provincial Finance Commission Award 2016, a substantial increase has been made in resources of local governments and 391 billion rupees will be given to local governments whereas 274 billion rupees were given last year. As such 44 percent increase has been made in the funds of local governments compared to the last year, he added. Shahbaz Sharif said that there will be a ban on the utilization of development funds under some other head and it will be spent only for development purposes. The Chief Minister said that more resources will be given to local governments of south Punjab and backward areas than the past while equal funds will be made available to urban and rural union councils. He said that disparity in the distribution of funds between urban and rural union councils has been removed and they will be given equal funds. He said that an equitable, transparent and comprehensive formula has been evolved under Provincial Finance Commission Award 2016 for distribution of funds whereas additional resources will be given to local governments showing good performance. He said that a regular mechanism of audit has been evolved for utilization of funds. The Chief Minister appreciated Provincial Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Secretary Finance and their entire team ony the devising formula of Provincial Finance Commission Award 2016. He said that under the new system mayors, chairmen district councils, deputy commissioners, and DPOs will be responsible for maintenance of law and order and protection of life and property of citizens at district level while coordination committees will also be formulated for this purpose at divisional, district and tehsil levels. He said that safety commission and police complaint authorities will also be established in the province. The Chief Minister lauded the performance of Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Secretary Law, Secretary Prosecution, and other authorities with regard to the preparation of the new system. Shahbaz Sharif said that the elements involved in the manufacture and sale of spurious and substandard medicines are enemies of humanity and should be awarded deterrent punishment. He said that Punjab cabinet has approved today with consensus amendments in Drug Act 1976 and DRAP 2012 as a result deterrent punishments and fines will be awarded to those engaged in the heinous business of bogus and substandard medicines. He said that manufacture and sale of spurious and substandard drugs is a crime and there is a need to make an example of those as are involved in this evil trade. He said that provincial drug monitoring teams will be constituted for rooting out this evil from the province. He said that quality medicines are a right of patients and state-of-the-art drug testing labs are being set up by the Punjab government in different cities for this purpose. Shahbaz Sharif said that those involved in the production and sale of spurious and substandard medicines will be brought to justice and awarded deterrent punishment so that no one dares to play with innocent lives. He said that action will also be taken under the law against anyone giving wrong information about manufacture and sale of spurious medicines. The meeting also granted approval to remove Hou bara bustard from schedule III of Punjab Wildlife Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Management Amendment Act 2007 and placing it on schedule I. The cabinet also offered Fateha for the departed soul of the father of Ahmad Yar Hunjra and sister of Mehr Ijaz Ashland. Provincial Ministers, Advisors, Special Assistants, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police and secretaries of concerned departments attended the meeting.

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