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- Sunday, December 30, 2012 - From Print Edition




PUNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered seizing of the stock of imported raw material being used for preparation of syrup which caused deaths of people.


Ordering action against the persons responsible for the deaths in Gujranwala, the chief minister directed to immediately send the samples of seized syrup for test abroad and said that further action will be taken after the report of the renowned lab of UK.


The CM issued these directions while presiding over a high level meeting at Model Town Saturday in which the causes of deaths due to cough syrup in Gujranwala and Lahore were reviewed in detail. Special Assistant to CM on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique, MPA Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Secretary Health, DG Forensic Lab and Health, Commissioner Gujranwala Division, Additional IG Special Branch and officers concerned attended the meeting. Chairman Chief Minister’s Inspection Team presented a report regarding deaths in Lahore.


Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said samples of syrup obtained from the patients are immediately being sent abroad for analysis so that real facts could be surfaced and the responsible be determined. He directed the chief secretary that all the stock of imported raw material being used for the preparation of syrup and the manufactured syrup should immediately be confiscated and he should personally monitor the lifting of the stock of imported raw material and syrup. He said adopting preventive measures for the eradication of such incidents is our responsibility. He said Health Department will have to play its effective role for checking of such tragic incidents in future. He said there should be an effective system of checks and balances from the process of preparation of medicines to their distribution.


Aashiyana: Shahbaz Sharif has said that Aashiyana Housing Schemes have been launched for low-income families and the dream of labourers, farmers, destitute, orphans and widows has been materialised through these schemes. He was presiding over a high level meeting held to review the progress on Aashiyana Housing Project, here on Saturday.


Addressing the meeting he said that better facilities than residential colonies of ministers and officers were being provided in Aashiyana housing schemes as the neglected segments of the society have also full right on government resources. He said that besides Lahore, work has also been started on Aashiyana project in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Chiniot, Kasur and Bahawalpur. The chief minister said that Punjab government is utilising all the resources of the province for the welfare of the masses and improving their living standard. He said that Aashiyana Housing Project is such an excellent welfare programme of Punjab government due to which best residential facilities are being made available to the low-income people. He said that welfare projects like Aashiyana housing project, are an important step towards making the country a welfare state in accordance with the ideals of Quaid and Iqbal. He said houses in Aashiyna are being allotted to the deserving persons on merit through transparent computerised balloting and a committee headed by Justice (R) Aamir Raza had been constituted for this purpose. He said that provision of houses to very low income persons on low price and soft terms was his mission. Shahbaz Sharif said that facilities of Rescue-1122, fire-brigade, sports complex, schools, hospital and jogging track were also being provided in these housing schemes. He said that such persons could submit applications for allotment of houses in these schemes whose monthly income was less than Rs 30,000. He said that application forms were being provided free-of-cost. The chief minister directed that the services of pre-qualified consultant should be acquired for carrying out work and approval of all the matters should be sought in the meeting of Board of Directors. He said that the basic purpose of Aashiyana housing scheme is to provide shelter to the homeless families and that is why the cost of houses has been kept low and facility of payment on easy installments has also been provided. Shahbaz Sharif while directing to accelerate the pace of work said that steps should also be taken for transparent auction of commercial plots in these schemes and the committee headed by Justice (R) Aamir Raza should monitor the process of auctioning. Chief Executive Officer Punjab Land Development Company informed about the progress on Aashiyana Housing Project.