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Int’l Sikh Convention, Creation of Comm Wing in School Education Dept Approved

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LAHORE– The Punjab government Thursday approved holding the International Sikh Convention in Governor House, besides creation of communication wing in school education department as pilot project, and allocation of Rs70.685 million for creation of 102 new seats in the Home Department to enhance the performance and efficiency of satellite stations of the department.

The approval was accorded in the 14th meeting of the Standing Committee on finance and development that was chaired by Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakhat and attended by provincial minister for housing, urban development and public health engineering Mian Mehood-ur-rashid, minister for industry and trade Mian Aslam Iqbal, minister for school education Murad Rass, and secretaries of departments concerned.

The meeting also approved the commercialization of plots through Punjab Housing and Town Planning Authority, and Housing and Public Protection, repair work of water and sanitation in Talagang city, and appointments in Punjab Information Commission.

The meeting also discussed funding procedure for Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme, and improvement in working of WASA. The meeting also approved urgent bailout package for WASA Faisalabad.

The Finance Minister chairing the meeting made it clear that it would be the last bailout package for any WASA authorities as in future all WASA authorities improve their performance and generate indigenous resources.

He said that creation of communication wing in school education department started on pilot project basis and in case of success it will replicate to all social sector department for effective communications.

He said the wing will not only publicize the government work in the school education but also create awareness among the public for child health, nutrition requirements, precautionary measures from disease and other issues.

Earlier, chairing the maiden meeting of the Provincial Finance Commission (PFC), Hashim Jawan Bakhat said that the government will review the interim PFC award before creation of the new PFC under the new Local Government Act 2019.

He said updating the latest information about the union council limitations, distribution of population, poverty, literacy and others before creation of the new PFC Award.

The minister instructed the secretary local government to provide updated information on these parameters to make the new formula for the next PFC Award.— PRESS HANDOUT