CM distributes gifts among position holders from the entire country


Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that if public welfare projects were a sin, he would commit it again and again, those criticizing projects aimed at the welfare of the masses did not want poor people of the country to avail better facilities and lifestyle.
He said that the Punjab government had promoted transparency in the province by checking corruption of Rs 50 billion in development schemes. He said that the new generation was a precious asset of the country and the goal of national progress and prosperity could be achieved by equipping it with modern education.
He expressed these views while distributing prizes among position holding students of Matriculation exams, from all over the country, at the Chief Minister’s secretariat today. Prizes worth rupees Rs.5,500,000 were distributed among position holding boys and girls from all over the country. Congratulating the students, the Chief Minister said that the Punjab government had been arranging such ceremonies in honour of position-holding students for the last four years, in which students from all four provinces, as well as the Federal Board, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan also participated and were rewarded for their hard work.
He said that during our 65 years of history, such opportunities where students of poor and backward areas were called to the stage and encouraged had never been witnessed. The chief minister said that 35,000 scholarships, worth Rs.10 billion, were being given from the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund to the poor but talented students, to enable them to continue their studies.
He said that quality education was the right of every child and it was the responsibility of the government to equip the young generation with knowledge. He said that the Punjab government was striving for the promotion of quality education and ensuring access of every child to education. He said that 16 Danish Schools had been set up in the most backward areas of the province and brilliant students of these neglected areas were being given educational facilities at par with Aitcheson and Grammar Schools. He said that position holding students were being sent to prestigious educational institutions around the world on study tours due to which they had gained tremendous confidence.
The chief minister announced a house in the Aashiyana Housing Scheme, as a gift to a student, Muhammad Naeem, who belonged to a village in Pakpattan and had won first position in Matric in the Multan Board. He said that the student could be given a house in Pakpattan instead of the Aashiyana Housing Scheme, if he desired. The student belonged to an extremely poor family and his house had been damaged by recent rains.


  1. Each Danish school costs 50 crores? Did I read it correctly? If so, what is the maximum coverage such schools can provide? Why not invest this money in fixing the regular education system so that millions of children out of school get to benefit from it? A renowned economist recently said that badly designed NFC award has put so much money in the hands of provinces that they don’t know what to do with it. I am beginning to consider there is certainly some truth to it.

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