GHAZI KHAN Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Saturday termed the RGST as a burden on the masses, saying given the rampant corruption in the country, the imposition of the proposed tax measure was a sorry affair. However, he urged the well-off people to pay the taxes so as to generate more resources. He was talking to the newsmen at the Commissioners Office during his visit to DG Khan.
Shahbaz Sharif announced establishing a degree college for boys at Choti Zareen and residential colony for the lawyers besides promising similar facility to the journalists in DG Khan. He said funds for a medical college DG Khan had been released while tenders would be awarded after a couple of days. The chief minister approved Rs18 million for renovation of Pul Dot, which links the rest of the three provinces with Punjab.
Shahbaz suspended Chief Engineer Irrigation DG Khan Zone Mehar Mohammad Ameen for his negligence in the timely completion of the long-awaited Manka Canal Project passing through the centre of the city.
He ordered the Health Department to fill vacant post of cardiologist at the Divisional Headquarter Hospital DG Khan. He also directed shifting the fruit and vegetable market outside the city.
Shahbaz also inaugurated the Paramedical Institute, which also includes a hostel.
Later, chairing a high-level meeting, Shahbaz said the CMs inspection team would arrive in DG Khan tomorrow (November 22) to probe into the alleged embezzlement in the under-construction water supply scheme and sewerage project and would submit a report within four days.
He promised to recover every penny from the responsible officials and the contractors, saying the govt functionaries were equally responsible for the corruption and the delay in the timely completion of the development projects.
Shahbaz said the development schemes suspended on ground of the floods would be completed on the priority basis, adding that there was no paucity of the resources. He also directed the officials concerned not to pay money to the contractors without third party evaluation of the uplift schemes.
Shahbaz announced the starting Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 in Taunsa Sharif, at a cost of Rs55 million, and also approved extension and repairing of Chowk Churahata-Education Board Road.
Senior Advisor to CM Zulfiqar Khosa, provincial minister Dost Mohammad Khosa, Saifuddin Khosa, Shehnaz Saleem and other top officials also attended the meeting.