LAHORE: Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan Tuesday said that Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has reduced government expenses by Rs550 million and recovered over 900,000 kanals of official land from encroachers.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Chohan asserted that the former government caused loss of $21 billion to the national exchequer.
He said that more than 2,000 officials were appointed for the security of ex-CM Shehbaz Sharif’s relatives and he had established eight camp offices but neither of them was in Lahore. However, Buzdar has worked silently, did not form any camp office and has reduced the expenses by 60 percent, therefore, he should be praised like Sher Shah Suri, he added.
The provincial minister said, “People like Talal Chaudhry, Daniyal Aziz and Javed Latif had earlier taken over the system. Buzdar’s government has recovered loans worth over Rs10 billion in one year whereas allocated 35 percent budget for South Punjab and built shelter homes for the poor.” He said that the chief minister allocated a huge portion of funds for the development of South Punjab in the provincial budget for the first time in history.
“Policies pertaining to district, industry and special education were approved during Buzdar’s tenure and construction of nine universities and nine hospitals has been started. Langar khanas (communal commissary) have been opened in Punjab for the first time.”
Chohan said, “Previously, every person raised slogan against neglecting South Punjab. Now, six out of nine hospitals in the province are being constructed in South Punjab. CM Buzdar could be titled as Waseem Akram Plus if we thoroughly review his performance of over one year.”
He said, “Punjab has collected 104 per cent tax revenue under his leadership which increased the province’s income up to Rs75 billion. In the first year, policies for tourism, agriculture labour, industries, water, forests approved in Punjab.”
The provincial minister continued that 36 bills have been approved by the Punjab government for the first time in the history of the province besides giving go-ahead to modalities to develop South Punjab.
“So-called political leaders of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had grabbed government lands during their tenures.”
He said that Buzdar can’t be compared with the opposition as he had not laundered money abroad.
Chohan said that the financial services’ company, Moody’s, had admitted for Pakistan’s economy entering into its stability phase.