LAHORE - The Punjab government may remain oblivious to safety concerns of the general public; it could not afford putting mobility of its VVIPs at risk.
Not surprisingly, the provincial government has banned the use of vehicles with CNG cylinders for VVIP movements.
“The government should have put a complete ban on the use of CNG kits and had not restricted it to VVIP movements alone,” a government official said commenting on the development.
Nevertheless, a notification has been issued by the Services and General Administration Department (Procurement & Transport Wing) in this respect.
“Vehicles must be checked thoroughly before being used and after parking to avoid any inconvenience, the letter issued to the administrative secretaries, commissioners and DCOs said. According to an S&GAD official, the department has also advised the officers to be cautious about security concerns and keep a vigilant eye on their vehicles to prevent them from being used to cause any disaster.
The instructions the Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority issued on January 30 this year must be followed, the circular said, warning that negligence in this regard would not be tolerated at all.
The Authority had issued instructions to all the chief secretaries regarding checking and monitoring of CNG kits and taking strict action against those violating the directives.
Moreover, the Civil Secretariat’s Motor Transport Wing advised all the officers to check their vehicles before leaving for offices, and vice versa. They had been advised to park their vehicles at safe places beyond the reach of criminals and terrorists.
Commenting on this development, an officer said it was the responsibility of the government to make good arrangements for parking and security. Entry of any private vehicles in Civil Secretariat should be banned, suggested the officer while adding that there should be proper parking stands outside the offices so that terrorists could not target any government officials.
Asked about security checks at the Civil Secretariat, a Home Department officer said it was the responsibility of the S&GAD’s Welfare Wing to ensure foolproof security arrangements.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar promulgated ‘The Provincial Employees’ Social Security (Amendment) Ordinance 2013’ on Monday. The ordinance repealed the Provincial Employees’ Social Security Ordinance, 1965 (X of 1965) for purposes hereinafter appearing; and whereas provincial assembly of the Punjab is not in session and governor is that the circumstances exist which render it to take immediate action.