Naqvi chairs finance, development committee meeting

Lahore  -   The 7th meeting of the cabinet standing committee on finance & development was convened under the chair of the caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi at his office on Monday.

The meeting decided in principle to give a special package to the heirs of employees, who had passed away during service. In addition, the CM ordered that financial aid to employees’ families should be provided within 10 days positively.

The committee granted approval for rehabilitation and expansion of Gatwala Road, originating from the Nishat Abad overhead bridge in Faisalabad.

A decision was reached to collaborate with the French Development Agency (AFD) to enhance the efficiency of the Water and Sewerage Authorities (WASAs) in Lahore and Faisalabad. A decision was made to incorporate the acquisition of snow blowers for the Murree roads into the annual development programme. Concurrently, the green light was given for comprehensive restoration of historically significant gates in Lahore, ensuring their return to their original condition. Moreover, funding was allocated for modernisation of the Lahore Zoo.

Funds were allocated to adorn the shrine of Baba Fariduddin Ganj Shakar, and the project was included in the Annual Development Programme. Under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s National Programme, in-principle approval was granted for conversion of agricultural tube-wells to solar power in Punjab.

The committee’s consent was extended to include the Flood Protection Sector Project-III in the Annual Development Programme for fiscal year 2023-24. Re-issuance of funds was approved for small dams in Chakwal and other locations under the Public Sector Development Programme. Provincial ministers SM Tanvir, Mansoor Qadir, and Amir Mir, along with the chief secretary, chairman Planing & Development, ACS (Home), administrative secretaries, and others attended the meeting.

CM seeks plan for quality medicines’ provision

Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has sought a comprehensive plan for provision of quality medicines in hospitals.

According to official sources, the CM had ordered for ensuring provision of quality medicines in hospitals besides evolving transparent mechanism for purchase of drugs. He said that swift and foolproof system should be made for storing and ensuring availability of medicines in hospitals.

A recommendation to set up special committee for purchase of medicine was also under consideration.

CM Mohsin Naqvi said that quality medicines were right of every citizen for ensuring proper treatment. He said that management skills for storage and purchase of medicine were very much needed.

The CM issued clear directives to expedite the availability of quality medications within medical facilities, further instructing the establishment of a transparent framework for medicine procurement.

In a proactive endeavour to enhance efficiency, a meticulous and technologically advanced system will be devised for the storage and seamless distribution of medicines to hospitals. Additionally, the proposal to institute a specialized authority dedicated to medicine procurement is actively being considered.

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