LAHORE - For the first time since the evolution of technology, people of Punjab were able on Sunday to have access to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif through social media.

The chief minister replied to the messages that people from across the province sent on his official Facebook account.

He replied to the queries mainly relating rural infrastructure, jobs and several other issues of public welfare.

Shahbaz Sharif has said he will stay in contact with the people through this channel in future.

Imtiaz Afzal, resident of Jhelum, had messaged the CM about progress on the projects of land record management and information system. Shahbaz Sharif replied him that “services are being provided to the people in 143 tehsils of the province”. “Punjab is the first province of the country where land record has been computerised. Data of 55 million people has been preserved,” he added. The Punjab government has recently introduced a modern system of land record management, aiming at an end to the collusion of patwari and tehsildar. Within months of its initiation, ownership deeds and other documents are being provided within 30 minutes at services centers.

The programme has been completed at a cost of 11 billion rupees and helping elimination of corruption, fraud, bribery and forgery. In reply to the question of a Gujjar Khan resident, the chief minister said that a biometric system of attendance has been introduced in the government departments.

Launched with the cooperation of Punjab Information Technology Board, this modern system will ensure attendance of government offices. Shahbaz Sharif answered a young man from Multan that WiFi hotspots are being set up in educational institutions, hospitals, parks and other places in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan.

WiFi facility has been provided at the stations of Pakistan metro bus and will also be available at Lahore and Multan soon, he added.