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Punjab to donate 64,500 tonnes of wheat to Balochistan

LAHORE: Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has said that the Punjab government will send 64,500 metric tons of wheat to Balochistan at a cost rate despite the shortage of wheat in Punjab. Baluchistan Minister of Food Engineering Zmarak Khan Achakzai called the Chief Minister to his office on Wednesday.

Pervaiz Elahi expressed his full solidarity with the people of Balochistan for the promotion of inter-provincial harmony and expressed concern over the severe shortage of wheat in Balochistan. “Baluchistan is the younger brother and Punjab is the elder brother with it,” he added. Although there is a shortage of wheat in Punjab, we will not leave the people of Balochistan alone, he said. The Punjab government will send 64,500 metric tons of wheat to Balochistan at cost price. Despite the shortage of wheat in Punjab, the province is providing wheat to Baluchistan in the spirit of brotherhood, he added and assured that the Punjab government would help meet the food needs of Balochistan. Pervaiz Elahi also expressed his deep sorrow over the loss of life and property due to the rains and floods in Balochistan. Zmarak Achakzai said that Pervaiz Elahi has truly acted like an elder brother and the Baloch brothers appreciate his selfless spirit. The government and people of Balochistan are grateful to you, he added.

TEVTA PROJECTS: The Chief Minister inaugurated three Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) projects in his office.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that 43 buses worth Rs. 620 million were donated to 37 Tevta institutions, including 12 buses which were donated to institutions in South Punjab. This would make it easier for students to travel daily, he added. The best machines were supplied to Kasur Institute of Leather Technology, built with Rs20.44 million, to train 380 students on modern lines. The best-educated labor in leather technology is in demand not only in Pakistan but all over the world, the CM noted and hoped that the production of quality leather products would significantly boost exports.

The Chief Minister said upgrading the Blue Pottery Development Institute and constructing a new building cost Rs 210 million to train 800 students with state-of-the-art machinery and infrastructure to impart latest skills ceramic. Students, educated in these institutions, will bring home laurels with their skills. They should acquire modern skills alongside formal education as skilled workers have become a requirement of every industry. The Punjab government is providing facilities to attract the new generation to it, he concluded.

ANTI-DENGUE MEASURES: The Chief Minister expressed deep concern over the increase in the number of dengue fever patients in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala and asked the authorities why anti-dengue fever preventive measures had not been taken at that time when abnormal rains were forecast. The situation should be realized in time and an emergency strategy should be formulated, he said. He was chairing a meeting at his office to review the situation and disease control measures.

Approving the establishment of a disease control center for the timely prevention of epidemic diseases, the CM ordered that Rescue 1122, the health and enforcement departments give final form to the law. The Punjab government will get the approval of the law of assembly for the establishment of a disease control center to prevent epidemics, he added and led the formation of a committee. This initiative will contribute to the prevention of dengue fever, corona, cholera, typhoid and other epidemic diseases, he noted.

The Chief Minister has ordered anti-dengue measures on a war footing across the province, especially in high-risk districts. He gave his approval to make the temporary dengue control staff permanent and ordered that a summary be submitted according to the rules to make them permanent. He ordered the purchase of foggers and asked the secretary of the local government department to take action within seven days and submit a report to him. “I would regularly review the anti-dengue measures and the deputy commissioners should hold daily meetings and reports would be sent to my office,” he said. Work must be continued even on Sundays and other public holidays, he added. Dengue fever patients must be given full attention in hospitals and necessary medical facilities must be ensured, he stressed and ordered effective indoor and outdoor surveillance throughout Punjab, especially in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala.

Provincial Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, Former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi, Chief Secretary Kamran Afzal, CM Principal Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti, Administrative Secretaries, Commissioner and DC Lahore and other relevant officials attended the meeting.