AHMEDPUR EAST - The Punjab government has failed to delivered compensation cheques to the families of 27 people killed in a road accident on October 30 which was announced by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif during his visit to Mubarakpur Town on November.

According to details, 27 people including women and children were killed when a Bahawalpur-bound passenger van collided with a truck near Bahawalpur bypass on October 30. The victims included six members of a family - a couple and their four kids. The Punjab chief minister visited Mubarakpur on November 7 and offer condolence to the bereaved families in a cotton factory.

The CM remained there for 20 and directed the authorities concerned for payment of compensation to the bereaved families which could not be delivered yet. It has been learnt that Shahbaz Sharif has expressed his displeasure over non-provision of compensation cheques and directed the Bahawalpur administration to release the compensation amount to heirs of the deceased and injured passengers within three days.

The chief minister had also announced a class four job for a member of the ill-fated family of Mubarakpur. Now despite the lapse of 10 days, the Bahawalpur administration has yet cheques of Rs0.5 million to each of the bereaved families and Rs75,000 to each of the injured.  It has also been learnt that a reporter of the private TV channel had recorded the expressions of the Punjab CM while showing his displeasure over the inordinate delay but an officer took the footage from the reporter after the departure of Shahbaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, the bereaved families have demanded the Punjab CM to direct the Bahawalpur administration to release of the compensation amount. It is to be noted that the deceased of the terrible accident were the resident of NA-184 which belongs to the ruling Pakistan People's Party MNA and an MPA but not a single central leader of the party has visited Mubarakpur for condolence so far.

Employee valuable asset to IUB: Employees of any organisation are like backbone and invaluable assets that's why the Islamia University has always taken concrete steps to ensure welfare of its employees particularly the lower cadre. IUB Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar stated this while speaking at a ceremony held to give away Insurance cheque to the widow of a deceased employee.

He said that a number of employees had been promoted to scale and contractual employees of 5 years service had been regularized during last two years as a part of his staff welfare policy. The IUB staff thanked the supporting role of the VC.