DCO sets March 15 deadline for completion of all uplift projects


FAISALABAD – DCO Nasim Sadiq expressed his displeasure over the slow pace of development schemes in education and health sectors and directed the city government officials to take disciplinary action against the contractors responsible for the delay. The action should include imposition of penalties and exclusion of their names from the government contractors’ list, he said.
He was presiding over a meeting to review the progress of work on various development schemes. He gave a deadline of 15 March to complete the development schemes launched during the last year. He warned the executing agencies would be held responsible in case of any lapse. The DCO said the use of substandard material and poor construction should also be identified besides removal of all kinds of administrative and technical obstacles in the completion of these schemes.
He ordered removal of unused building material and debris from the completed schemes. The executing agencies were also directed to erect the informative boards of every development scheme, containing the details and specifications of the project for the awareness of the general public. During the meeting, the schemes of construction of classrooms, toilet blocks, boundary walls and other constructions in different schools were reviewed and new targets to undertake different uplift schemes fixed for the executing agencies.
The meeting was attended by EDO Finance Syed Irshad Hussain, EDO Education Sohaib Imran, EDO Works Ahmad Tariq and DO Building Mehar Ramzan.
Colour of skin irrelevant to course of justice: Shahbaz: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Raymond Davis’ case will be dealt with purely on merit in accordance with the constitution, law and justice. He was speaking at a reception hosted by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah at his daughter’s mariage ceremony at his residence in Samanabad here yesterday.
“The requirements of law will be duly fulfilled in the case irrespective of colour of skin of the accused because justice makes no difference between black and white,” he said. The CM warned that a strict action would be taken against the violators of the ban on kite flying in the province. Shahbaz Sharif was warmly received by Rana Sana Ullah and PML-N MPAs on his arrival at Samanabad.
Speaking on the future of the Punjab coalition government, the CM said the decision in this regard would be taken after a meeting between PPP and PML-N to be held in Islamabad today (Tuesday). During his meeting with the Punjab assembly members from Faisalabad, he urged the elected representatives to work hard for the welfare of the common man.
The CM directed DCO Nasim Sadiq to take immediate steps to order repair of the machine used for the treatment of cancer at Allied Hospital Faisalabad. He directed the DCO to submit a detailed report on the matter, including the cost of repair. He directed Regional Police Officer (RPO) Aftab Ahmed Cheema to launch a rigorous and result-oriented crackdown on narcotics dealers who had undermined the society. He further directed the RPO to take all measures to control crime in the division.
Police can close banks over security lapses: Following a series of bank robberies in the city, top police officers have authorised the area police to close those bank branches which are ignoring the security requirements such as burglary alarm system, sniper point, closed circuit TV system and a round-the-clock security watch. The area police have been advised to ensure the implementation of Punjab Shops and Security Ordinance and, as a matter of deterrence, security guards and police contingents in the commercial markets are posted while the station house officers (SHOs) have been directed to erect barriers at critical points to check offenders.
These strict orders have been issued after three banks were looted within three weeks in the city and the police held the bank managers concerned responsible for not adopting security parameters. Three days ago, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dr Usman Anwar laid down a special strategy by assigning the security responsibility of the banks to the respective police officers who will be held responsible for any event of robbery.
These cases of bank robberies hint at the vulnerable security situation in the city which is marred by an increasing number of street crimes over the recent months.
The police officers have been directed to visit the banks and take action against the bank managers if they fail to implement the security parameters in their respective branches.
The heads of the branches have been warned that if a closed-circuit television system is not working in their branch, they will be held responsible for the breach of security. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also directed Regional Police Officer (RPO) Aftab Ahmed Cheema to take all measures to control crime in the division.