Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif lamented over the incident of falling of a swing and injuring the children in Sahiwal and ordered immediate suspension of DCO Sahiwal in the light of inquiry report.
Contractors will not be allowed to play with the lives of innocent children for a few pennies, he added.
He expressed these views while addressing a high-level meeting through video link, today. The meeting reviewed in detail the inquiry report of falling of swing and situation of medical facilities at District Headquarters Hospital Sahiwal. The CM ordered a complete ban on installation of swings throughout the province until evolution of a comprehensive system and said that soon an effective system will be devised in this regard. The chief secretary should evolve a system with regard to installation of swings and protective arrangements and present the same within next few days, he added.
Sharif said that protection of life and property of the people is the responsibility of the government, which will be fulfilled. Although no loss of life occurred, however, some children have been injured which is regrettable, he added.
The CM ordered immediate suspension of DCO Sahiwal in the light of inquiry report and directed the chief secretary to take strict action as per law against the responsible of negligence. He said that secretary prosecution should directly submit him a report after reviewing progress into the matter. Installation of swings without permission is a question mark on the performance of district administration, he added. He said that had the law been strictly implemented and officers of district administration had not overlooked their responsibilities, this incident could have been avoided.
He also directed to present an immediate plan for the repair and maintenance of District Headquarters Hospital Sahiwal. He said that chief secretary and secretary health should present their recommendations while keeping in view all aspects in this regard.
He said that cleanliness arrangements in the hospitals should be improved and provision of medical facilities to common man ensured at every cost. He said that hygiene and other arrangements in Sahiwal Hospital were atrocious; therefore, the MS was suspended.
The chief secretary informed about the amounts of financial assistance paid to the families of the children injured due to the falling of a swing in Sahiwal. He said that Rs two lakh each have been provided to the families of the seriously injured and Rs one lakh each to the minorly injured child.
Health Advisor Kh Salman Rafiq, secretaries of communication and works, law, housing, public prosecution, local government, health and members of CM’s inspection team participated in the meeting through a video link from Civil Secretariat, while Zakat and Ushr Provincial Minster Malik Nadeem Kamran, members of National Assembly Imran Ahmed Shah, Ch M Ashraf, commissioner and Sahiwal RPO and administrative officers attended the meeting through video link from the Sahiwal Commissioner Office.
JOURNEY TO PROSPERITY WILL BE COMPLETED UNDER LEADERSHIP OF PM:
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the journey to progress and prosperity of the country will be completed successfully under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
He said that today’s Pakistan is far more prosperous, peaceful and economically strengthened as compared to 2013’s. He said that due to solid economic policies of PM Nawaz Sharif, the national economy has strengthened and foreign exchange reserves reached a record level in the history of the country.
Shehbaz Sharif said that sincere efforts of the government are proving fruitful to steer the country out of problems. He said that a lot of work has been carried out for overcoming the problem of energy shortage and round the clock efforts will prove successful for eliminating energy crisis.
“Darkness will be removed from the country and Pakistan will become enlightened in 2018,” the CM said, and added, “Thousands of megawatt electricity will be generated through completion of energy projects and people will be rid of load shedding.” Shehbaz Sharif expressed these views while talking to a delegation of members of NA of Pakistan Muslim League-N, today in Lahore.