LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that an internship programme is being launched for the youth under which opportunities will be provided to 50,000 youth in various institutions. He said that the programme of provision of training to the youth in various skills in south Punjab with the collaboration of Department for International Development (DFID), UK, was going on successfully.
Shahbaz stated this during a meeting with the head of the DFID, UK, George Turkington, and World Bank country director Rachid Benmassoud here on Friday. He said the provincial government had paid special attention to the promotion of economic and trade activities in the province. He said concrete measures had been taken for creating new job opportunities and elimination of poverty. He said self-employment scheme had been started for the youth under which interest-free loans were being given to them.
The chief minister said huge funds were being spent on improving the economic condition of the neglected segments of the society and welfare of the people. He said the doors of quality education had been opened for the male and female children of the poor families through the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund and Daanish Schools.
Also, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of modern Kachha vegetable and fruit market on the Ferozepur Road to be constructed at a cost of more than Rs 1 billion. Public representatives, government officials, businessmen and a large number of people were present.
The businessmen paid rich tributes to the chief minister on setting up of Kachha vegetable and fruit market equipped with modern facilities. They said that establishment of modern vegetable and fruit market was a commendable step of CM. They also raised slogans in favour of the CM on the occasion.
And, a delegation, led by Google Chairman Dr Eric Schmidt, called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Friday. Matters regarding promotion of cooperation in tourism and information technology sectors were discussed.
The CM informed the delegation about promotion of information technology in the province, setting up of e-government and IT projects in government departments. Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umer Saif and TDCP Managing Director Habibur Rehman Gillani were also present on the occasion. The delegation comprised Sofia Schmidt, Jared Cohen, Kim Cooper, Dan Keyserling and William Fitzgerald.