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December 23, 2010

Punjab Cabinet approves 8 amendment bills CM forms body for recommendations against corruption

National

December 23, 2010

LAHORE
CHIEF Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a Punjab Cabinet meeting at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Wednesday which gave approval to eight amendment bills of various departments regarding running the affairs of ministries being transferred to provinces under the 18th constitutional amendment.
The CM constituted a Cabinet committee for elimination of corruption from the province which would formulate its recommendations and submit them in the next Cabinet meeting. Later, the recommendations will be presented in the assembly for legislation.Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz stressed joint efforts for elimination of corruption and said it was a major hurdle in the development of the country. He said that a Cabinet committee was being constituted for rooting out corruption from the province. He said that an approval had also been given for setting up an authority to eliminate hoarding and adulteration in essential items and to stabilise prices in the province and a draft law would soon be submitted in this regard.
Regarding Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) of the government officers and officials, the CM said the purpose of these reports was to judge the efficient and inefficient officials and in the past these reports were reflective of the performance of the officers in true sense but now these reports were not being written in a proper manner. He directed that the previous standard of these annual confidential reports should be restored and these should be written on the basis of actual performance of all officers and officials.
Shahbaz said the national solidarity demonstrated on the visit of Chinese prime minister to Pakistan was laudable. He appreciated performance of the Cabinet Committee, elected representatives, administration, police and other departments concerned for maintaining law and order, brotherhood and religious harmony in the province during Muharram-ul-Haram. He said, “We thank Almighty Allah on the peaceful

performance of all religious rituals.” He also praised the performance of Senior Advisor Zulfiqar Ali Khosa, Punjab chief secretary and the secretaries of other departments concerned for making amendments to the laws of the departments being transferred to provinces after the 18th amendment.Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa informed the meeting with regard to amendments in the laws of the departments being transferred to the provinces. He said that on the instructions of the chief minister a special committee headed by Senior Advisor Zulfiqar Khosa had been constituted which had formulated final recommendations for the 18th amendment bills, out of which, eight amendment bills regarding Revenue, Health, Labour and Auqaf were being presented for approval in the present meeting.
The Cabinet gave approval to the Trust Act, 1882, Transfer of Property Act, 1882 and Partition Act, 1908 of Board of Revenue, Punjab Epidemic Disease Act, 2010 and Injured Persons (Medical Aid) Act, 2004 of Health Department, Employment of Children Act, 1991 and Employment (Record of Services) Act, 1951 of Labour Department and Punjab Publication of Holy Quran (Elimination of Printing and Recording Errors) Act, 2010 of Auqaf Department. The meeting also gave approval to the annual report of Punjab Public Service Commission for 2009.
IGP lauded: Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Cabinet paid glowing tributes to Inspector General Police Tariq Saleem Dogar for his services. The CM said the IGP was a hardworking, honest and professional police officer and the invaluable services rendered by him for curbing the crimes and maintaining law and order in the province would not be forgotten.

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