Corruption won’t be tolerated: Maryam

Our Correspondent
Saturday, Mar 02, 2024

LAHORE: Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz has stated that those who did not cast their votes are also human beings, poor as well and getting Ramazan package is also their due right.

Levelling allegations on a political government is quite easy. No one is my favourite and I am answerable to Allah Almighty first and to the people thereafter. Transparency will be ensured at every level and the stigma of corruption will not be tolerated. All phases with regard to provision of Ramazan package should be transparently carried out. She stated this while addressing a meeting to review proposals about the mechanism of Ramazan package preparation and its distribution. She ordered launching a strict crackdown on the hoarders in the Ramazan bazaar. She issued necessary directions to the Punjab Food Authority to ensure the quality of edibles. She underscored to ensure transparency at every level. She stated that she would herself visit sites to monitor the distribution of Ramazan package. She said that the performance of every district will be ascertained through the score card. The DCs will carry out checking in their relevant districts and will submit a report. Videos of the whole Ramazan package distribution process will be made and they should be sent to the CM office and to the CS Office. She directed to eliminate wall chalking, adding that the election posters and banners should be removed and cleanliness should be promoted. Sewerage and drainage problems should be resolved.

population data: The chief minister has banned postings and transfers across Punjab. According to the secretary assembly, the chief minister banned postings and transfers across Punjab.

Apart from this, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the chief minister in which she ordered compiling the integrated and authentic data about the population of Punjab.

In the meeting, it was decided that Punjab's first authentic database hub and database authority would be created in the history of the country, which would help in economic policy making.Meanwhile, the Punjab government has decided to compile an accurate count of the entire population, including details such as number, location, contact information, and addresses of vulnerable segments.

A 13-member technical working group, headed by Marriyum Aurangzeb, was formed in a meeting chaired by the chief minister. The group includes Bilal Azhar Kiyani, a member of the party's central economic team and MNA, along with senior officials and statisticians.

The Punjab Digital Data Bank will serve as the foundation for planning education, health, and development initiatives across the province, ensuring equitable resource distribution among all residents. It will also establish a transparent system for monitoring progress on development projects and delivering financial assistance to beneficiaries directly.

British diplomat: British High Commissioner Jane Marriott met with Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, along with Clara Strandhoj, Head of the British High Commission Lahore Office.

During the meeting, Jane Marriott congratulated Maryam Nawaz on her historic appointment as the first woman CM and expressed good wishes for her tenure. The chief minister thanked the British High Commissioner for her wishes.

Discussion focused on increasing scholarships for Punjab students in top British universities and promoting girls' education. The exchange of technology for monitoring air quality index to address climate change and environmental pollution was also discussed.

Maryam Nawaz shared her vision on governance and transparency, highlighting the Digital Punjab initiative. The British High Commissioner praised the Digital Punjab vision.

She also assured of all possible facilities to British institutions for setting up an IT University and informed about the IT Park project in Punjab, especially in Lahore. Maryam Nawaz mentioned that the IT Twin Towers project would be initiated in Lahore very soon.

encroachments: The chief minister has taken notice of the challenges faced by citizens due to goods being kept in front of shops and has instructed the administration to remove these goods within one month. She directed the authorities to clear obstacles from roads and markets.