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February 25, 2016

Shahbaz hails shifting of schools on solar energy


February 25, 2016


Asian Development Bank Country Director Werner E. Liepach called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, here Wednesday. Matters relating to irrigation, infrastructure, energy, improvement of civic amenities, steps for protection from flood, water management and enhancing cooperation in other sectors were discussed. 

The Asian Development Bank showed interest in the financing of Blue or Purple Line in Lahore. Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that Asian Development Bank was a big partner of Pakistan and the projects in various sectors were being implemented successfully with its cooperation. Shahbaz Sharif welcomed the decision of Asian Development Bank for shifting 5,000 schools to solar energy in Punjab whereas the Punjab government was also shifting 5,000 schools on solar energy from its own resources. In this way, a total of 10,000 schools will be shifted to the solar in the province. 

The chief minister lauded the role of Asian Development Bank for improving civic amenities. He said that the programme launched for this purpose was being implemented successfully. He welcomed the interest shown by Asian Development Bank in the financing of Blue Line or Purple Line and said the Punjab government was working on the feasibility of Blue Line and Purple Line which would be completed next month. 

Asian Development Bank Country Director Mr Werner E. Liepach informed about the  progress regarding implementation of various ongoing programmes with the Punjab government and said that the Bank would convert 5,000 schools on solar lights whereas collaboration would be enhanced with the Punjab government in future as well. 

hospitals: Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting, here Wednesday, which reviewed in detail various steps for improving treatment facilities in the hospitals.

The meeting decided to introduce basic reforms for improving public health facilities. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that service to ailing humanity was not less than worship. He said that access to the quality medical facilities was the right of common man and it would be provided to them at every cost. He said that district and tehsil headquarters hospitals will have to work jointly for improving medical facilities in this regard. He said that full attention should be paid to provision of free medicines to the patients, keeping medical equipment and machinery in working condition and cleanliness system in the hospitals. He said that DCOs and EDOs Health should personally review provision of quality medical facilities to the people and improve it.

The chief minister said that medical equipment and machinery should be in working condition for serving the ailing humanity selflessly. He said that a biomedical workshop of international standard would soon be set up for maintenance of medical equipment. He directed that work of audit of medical equipment and machinery in the hospitals should be completed at the earliest.

Train: Chinese Consul General Yu Boren met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday and congratulated him on declaring the funds for Orange Line Metro Train effective by the Exim Bank China. 

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said Chinese leadership, government and officials of the Exim Bank of China had once again expressed complete confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif by declaring funds for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project effective. He thanked the Chinese leadership, government and officials of the Exim Bank. He said declaring of funds effective for the project of Orange Line Metro Train Project by China was an important milestone and 18 crore people of Pakistan were very happy over this important progress. He said Orange Line Metro Train was a project of Pakistan and on the completion of this project, citizens would travel through metro train honorably. 

Shahbaz said confidence expressed by China in the present leadership of Pakistan was of historic importance in the friendship of both countries. He said nefarious designs of a handful of elements criticising the metro train project had been foiled. He said political parties making public welfare project controversial had no concern with the people and such political parties should not create hindrance in public welfare projects. 

The chief minister said all the possible steps had been taken for the protection of historical places and no historical heritage would be affected. He said we would come up to the confidence expressed by Chinese leadership and government and metro train project would be completed by working round-the-clock. He thanked the Chinese leadership, government, Chinese ambassador and Chinese Consul General. 

Talking on the occasion, Chinese Consul General Yu Boren said Chief Minister was forwarding public welfare projects with commitment. Kh. Ahmed Hassaan, MD Punjab Mass Transit Authority and other officials were also present.

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