Addressing a public gathering at College Ground here the other day, PKI President Chaudhry Muhammad Anwar and other leaders alleged that the Punjab government spent Rs80 billion on metro bus service project, the prime minister enjoyed Rs34 billion discretionary funds, parliamentarians were getting Rs0.4 million a month but the rulers could not offer Rs4 billion annual subsidy to the farmers. He said that according to market law, Punjab Agriculture Produce Market 1978 Ordinance should be restored and that the administrators should be appointed through consultation with PKI. He appealed to the government to fix sugarcane price at Rs300 per 40 kilogram and withdraw sale taxes from fertilizers, pesticides, tractors and other agricultural equipment. He also stressed that fertilizers should be sold to farmers at Rs500 per bag.
PKI Provincial President Khalid Mahmood, Vice President Misbah Ullah Tareen, Secretary Waheed Akhtar Cheema, Vehari District President Iftikhar Ahmad, Legal advisor Muhammad Fayyaz Azeem and others addressed the farmers gathering.
Earlier, Pakistan Kissan Ittehad Chairman Haji Muhammad Amin Awan chaired a farmers meeting.
250 books donated to library: Promotion of book reading and use of library is essential for the progress of a nation and therefore the students need to give more time to book reading and must learn to use library. This was stated by Al-Haqiq Lions Club Reading Promotion Project Chairman Dr Mumtaz Ansari while addressing a book donation ceremony held at Maj Akram Shaheed Library here the other day. Lions Club International Region Chairman Qadeer Aziz and Municipal Officer Ishrat Ali attended the meeting. They handed over 250 books to Maj Akram Shaheed Library President. Earlier, a speech contest was held among students on the subject of "Use of book reading and library are essential in modern age".
Speaking on the occasion, Al-Haqiq Lions Club President Dr M Tariq Mirza and Dr A Gafoor Malik said that "A healthy combination of language and culture speaks of a healthy society but unfortunately we have not put enough effort to promote our culture and literature and that is why today's language is that of weapons and materialism."
They said that the concept of the nation state was under threat and to save our identity, libraries must take a lead in promoting the national culture and Urdu language.
They said that books in everybody hand was a sign of national progress.
Later, three prizes were distributed among the winners.