CM Shahbaz assures farmers of govt help

Source:  Dawn.com Published in Politics on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SHEIKHUPURA: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the farmers are the backbone of the economy and the government will leave no stone unturned to provide them with all the possible basic facilities so that they can grow maximum food for the country.

Addressing farmers at the District Government Complex on Monday, the chief minister said Rs40 billion had been earmarked under the Kissan Package for the small farmers of the province.

The package would benefit 30,253 small farmers of the district, having 191,233 acres paddy farmland, he said, adding those having less than 12.5 acres would get Rs5,000 per acre as compensation. The government had earmarked Rs50 billion to construct roads from villages to market to facilitate the farmers, the CM said, adding that Rs15 billion had been allocated to provide clean and hygienic drinking water in the rural areas.
The chief minister also distributed cheques among the small farmers on the occasion.

Security was beefed up in the entire city on the arrival of the chief minister.

Shahbaz was received at City Hall by DCO Kiran Khursheed, MPAs Arif Sandhila, Pir Ashraf Rasool, Faizan Khalid Virk and other high ranking officials.

Distributes cheques among farmers in Sheikhupura, Narowal

Traffic on main Lahore-Sargodha road and other thoroughfares, leading to the District Council Hall remained suspended until the CM’s stay in the city.

While the whole police of the district was providing security to the chief minister, robbers snatched Rs0.8 million from the cashier of a filling station on the Lahore road in A-Division Police Station. The victim called Rescue 15 but received no response.

NAROWAL: Addressing a ceremony to distribute cheques among the farmers under the Prime Minister’s Kissan Package here at the Sports Gymnasium,

Shahbaz said 42,528 farmers of district Narowal would get subsidy of more than Rs920 million under the relief package.

He said the farmers who worked hard to grow crops for the whole nation had suffered huge losses due to destruction of crops during floods. He said the federal government would provide Rs20 billion while the remaining Rs20 billion would be provided by the Punjab government.

The chief minister said Imran Khan while sitting in Bani Gala could not feel pain of the poor farmers but the prime minister was aware of their problems. He said the elected representatives and the local administration would identify the right persons for the relief package and not a single penny of the package would go to the undeserving persons.

He said besides the Prime Minister’s Kissan Package, the Punjab government would also spend Rs50 billion on the schemes for providing clean drinking water to the people. He said all other development works to facilitate, especially the rural population, were also being executed across Punjab.

Shahbaz warned all the commissioners, DCOs and officers of education and health departments of sacking over negligence.

Members of Provincial Assembly (MPAs), including Khawaja Muhammad Waseem Butt, Rana Mannan Khan, Muhammad Awais Qasim, Ghiasuddin, Shujaat Ahmed Khan and Ramaish Singh Arora were also present.


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