Provincial Minister for Law, Excise and Taxation and Finance Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that terrorism and unemployment can be wiped out by promoting quality education.
Addressing delegations of youth on Tuesday, the minister said that there was a need to utilise national resources equitably for setting up a peaceful society with economic prosperity of the masses. Corruption, bribery, nepotism and unemployment can be controlled through good governance and transparency, he added.
He said that majority of Pakistan’s 190 million people were under the age of 20 years, thus making South Asia the only large economic area that shall not face a decline in the number of people entering the labour force for the next 50 years.
The Punjab government considers education as a tool for development and record funds have been provided for schools and higher education, said Mujtaba. He said that the government has provided Rs2.1 billion for non-formal basic education to two million illiterate people.
The Punjab government recruited 140,000 educators in its previous tenure and more educators will be recruited in the coming months to accomplish the target of 100 percent literacy rate in the province, said the minister.