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Completion of projects top priority: Minister

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Provincial Minister Primary and Secondary Health, Khawaja Imran Nazeer said Tuesday that timely completion of development projects is top priority of the Punjab government.

He expressed these views while reviewing the headway of ongoing and new schemes under Annual Development Program 2017-18. These views were expressed while chairing review meeting of committee for implementation of development projects at commissioner office. Commissioner Rawalpindi Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry, MPA Muhammad Nawaz Chochan, Director Finance & Planning Noureen Bashir, Deputy commissioner Attock Rana Akbar Hayat, DC Jehlum Iqbal Hussain, DC Chakwal Umer Jehnagir, ADC (Finance & Planning) Rao Atif Raza, Deputy Director development Saima Ghafoor, SE Highways, buildings and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

Provincial Minister and Commissioner Rawalpindi shared that there are a total 719 schemes of Highway I-II, Building I-II, PHED, RDA, small Dams, WASA, PHA, Local Government & Community Development and ABAD worth of Rs 91822.010 million. It was told that 110 schemes have been completed while work is under progress on 541 schemes for which deadline has been marked of 31 June 2018. They said that no delay in the completion of any such scheme will be tolerated whose funds have already been released.

Khawaja Imran Nazeer further added that all these schemes are aimed to facilitate common man and once completed these projects will be beneficial for us so more than just a professional task, we need to sense our social responsibility in this regard. He also directed to implement policy guidelines being provided for these projects and said that quality and transparency should also be maintained. Undue delay in projects makes them a curse rather than blessing for public so we should utilize all out resources to complete them within stipulated time.

Commissioner Rawalpindi Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry at this occasion directed to demolish all dangerous school buildings at top priority. He also directed to devise a monitoring mechanism in order to keep a vigilant eye on the headway of projects. No compromise on quality, transparency and speed will be tolerated, he added. Director Development Noureen Bashir briefed the meeting about progress of on-going projects and while highlighting the issues said that unavailability of full funds is greatest hurdle for timely completion of projects, upon which Minister assured his full assistance for releases of funds at earliest.


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