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Residents demand early completion of degree colleges

By our correspondents
May 14, 2016


People from all walks of life gathered in front of degree colleges of Dhoke Syedan Chowk to demand early completion of the buildings of two degree colleges in Dhoke Syedan.

In a camp organised by Sustainable Social Development Organisation (SSDO) under a campaign named ‘Jawab Dahi Mera Haq,’ local leadership of all mainstream parties including PTI, Jamat-e-Islami, PMLQ, PPP and PML-N gathered for a public hearing to make government accountable for delay in completion of the colleges.

MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed reached the camp and answered the concerns raised by the general public against slow work on the colleges’ building. He promised to start the construction of buildings in seven days and start classes in three months.

Under ‘Jawab Dahi Mera Haq,’ campaign, a door-to-door campaign was organised to invite the local communities and political stake holders in the two days public hearing camp organized in front of college buildings by Youth Accountability Ambassadors of SSDO. The campaign was led by SSDO Executive Director Syed Kausar Abbas. He said that the campaign will identify the issues of public and track the performance of public officials and elected representatives and make them accountable to the people who have voted for them and giving taxes for their luxuries.

The local leadership demanded immediate start of construction work on college buildings and to include the scheme in Annual Development Plan 2016-17. They also demanded commencement of classes from the month of September 2016.

A local Member of Provincial Assembly from PTI Asif Mehmood said that he has been trying to bring the attention of government to issue of colleges since the day he took oath in provincial assembly but the health and education is not the priority of the government.

Rizwan Ahmed, a local leader, of Jamat-e-Islami and candidate of NA-54 said that these are the only colleges for people of NA-54 but the colleges are incomplete since a decade just for the sake of political point scoring. He said that JI will launch a massive campaign with the help of other opposition parties if these colleges will not be completed in three months.

Muhammad Basharat Raja former law minister of PML-Q said that he started this project with the help of former chief minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi but the project was unfunded due to political reasons. He said that he will file a petition against Government of Punjab for such a long delay in completion of these colleges.

Malik Abrar Ahmed Member National Assembly of NA-54 reached the camp and said that delays are made both administratively and politically but will be resolved in coming months. He promised that the construction of colleges will start from May 15 and classes in girls college will commence within three months, whereas classes of boys college will start in six month.

The camp was also addressed by Christian community leader Pastor Liaqat Masih, PTI local Councilor Malik Abid Hussain, Malik Saboor Ahmed and PML N local councilor Haji Zafar Iqbal.