PML(N)’s Achievements in Punjab (2008 To 2012)
The PML(N) government assigned highest priority to socio-economic development in Punjab to improve the living standards of the common man with special focus on poverty alleviation, bringing the deprived segments into the main stream and focusing on the less developed areas of Punjab especially Southern Punjab. In addition ensuring good governance has been a key priority of the Government. A summary of the main achievements of the Punjab Government during the period March 2008 to September 2012 is presented below:
Education had been a key priority area. Schemes like Danish Schools at six locations and distribution of 125,000 laptops to top students are unique in nature as these as aimed at providing equal opportunity to children from low income families. Other activities include IT labs in 4,286 schools, initiation of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, recruitment of teachers through competitive examinations on open merit. In Vocational & Technical Education, the provincial capacity has more than doubled in the last two years and now over 130,000 skilled workers are getting jobs annually.
Ashyana Housing Scheme
Ashiyana Housing Scheme was introduced by the government to provide opportunities for low income people to own their house and pay the cost in easy installments.
PML(N) government has taken up several projects to improve transportation systems with enhanced commuting networks. Schemes like Bus Rapid Transport System, Yellow Cab Scheme will bring major relief to the people. Similarly, Lahore Kasur Road, multiple flyovers in Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur, and completion of Multan Road and Circular Road has reduced congestion on these roads.
Provision of better medical facilities to the masses is another priority of the Punjab Government. Many reforms have been made in the health system for making it poor friendly. Besides this comprehensive and practical measures have been taken for up gradation of the existing infrastructure. Availability of doctors along with modern medical equipment has been ensured in these hospitals. Health budget has been increased manifolds in the last 4 years. Mobile health units have been launched in remote districts of Punjab to provide affordable and timely healthcare facilities to the poor segment of the society. Four new medical colleges are being set up in Sialkot, Sahiwal and D.G.Khan. An increase of 482 seats in the existing medical colleges has been achieved. Emergency measures to control epidemic of Dengue have been taken to control the Dengue fever.
Model Villages for Flood Affectees
Punjab was worst hit by the floods in 2010. The PML(N) government ensured that all the affected people are rehabilitated in the shortest possible time. 22 Model Villages with all basic facilities were constructed in the affected areas of Southern Punjab and all possible help was offered by the government to affected people. Also, Command and Communications Center was set up in Punjab Disaster Management Authority for taking rapid action during floods.
The PML(N) government has announced comprehensive and long-term reform package for the empowerment of women in the social, economic and legal fields by providing them their legitimate rights and including them in the process of development and progress of the nation. Under the package, the condition and transfer of land, among heirs in rural areas has been waived to eliminate the possibilities of usurpation of ancestral property of women, provision of Form-B has been made mandatory, 33% quota for women has been fixed in all government institutions, commercial loans for women entrepreneurs worth Rs. 2 billion has been set up.
Economic and Industrial Zones
Similarly, special economic zones and industrial estates have been set up for the promotion of foreign and local investments. CM Punjab has visited China, Iran and Turkey to promote foreign investment in Punjab. Various government sectors and private sector investors have been persuaded to come and invest in Punjab. A good example of these efforts is the setting up of the Lahore Waste Management Company, the BRT system. The present era is known as an era of diplomacy and investment. Punjab Board of Investment and Trade has been set up in Punjab to provide facilitation and promotion of foreign investments in Punjab. Multiple industrial estates are being constructed in Faisalabad, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Bhalwal, Vehari, and along the Motorway to encourage industrialization in Punjab. This will generate thousands of jobs for skilled and semi-skilled workers in Punjab.
, A self-employment scheme for unemployed skilled youth of Punjab has been launched in 2011 with an initial capital of Rs. 1 billion. Short term (2 years) interest-free loans of up to Rs.50,000 are being given to skilled workforce encouraging them to become entrepreneurs. Additional funds are being provided to this scheme to increase its reach to rural areas of Punjab.
Lahore Meat Processing Complex
Lahore Meat Processing Complex has been setup as a joint project of Punjab Agriculture Meat Company and Mashad Meat Industrial Complex of Iran. This is a state-of-the-art slaughter house and meat processing facility having capacity to handle 1,000 large and 10,000 small animals on a daily basis. Halal meat will be provided to local and international markets from this facility. In addition to this, Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board has been set up to enhance the milk and meat production of Punjab.
Punjab Forensic Science Agency
Punjab Forensic Science Agency is the second largest and modern agency in South Asia. This lab would go a long way in providing assistance in scientific based investigations into heinous crimes, besides providing provision of prompt justice, detection and arrest of criminals and for the eradication of crime from Punjab. Very soon a start of the art DNA Index system is being added to this laboratory.
Model bazaars were setup in all the districts of Punjab to provide affordable shopping facilities to the low income families in Punjab. So six bazaars are functional and remaining under construction.
Citizen Feedback Model
Citizen Feedback Model, the first such effort in the world, has been introduced in all districts in targeted services of revenue, police and healthy departments to fight petty corruption, increase citizen engagement and enhance monitoring of day to day service delivery.
Mass Transit Project (Metro Bus Service)
Pakistan’s first 27 km Mass Transit Project (Metro Bus Service) was successfully launched in Lahore, in a record period of 11 months with a cost of Rs. 29.7 billion.