CM answers citizens’ questions on Facebook


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif contacted the people directly first time on social media website Facebook on Sunday and answered the questions of the citizens. He said that he will remain in contact with the people on Facebook in future as well.


In reply to a question of a person from Gujar Khan, the chief minister said that biometric system of attendance has been introduced in the Police Department with the cooperation of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and this modern system will ensure attendance of government offices. He said that stern action will be taken against those who get salaries but do not perform their duties. He said that the scope of biometric system will be expanded as check and balance system is essential for improvement of services.


Replying to a question of a citizen from DG Khan, the chief minister said that instructions had been issued for survey of dangerous buildings of Education Department in the province a few months ago and the process of repair and rehabilitation of dilapidated buildings has begun. He said that he is personally monitoring the process and billions of rupees have been provided for repair and rehabilitation of dilapidated buildings.


Replying to a question of Ahsan Khan of Kabirwala, the chief minister said that agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. He said that farmers suffered huge losses of rice and cotton crops last year and the prime minister and he took notice of this fact.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is aware of the problems of farmers, he added.

Shehbaz said that cultivators are his brothers and he is a farmer-friendly chief minister. He said that the committee set up for resolving problems of farmers will submit its report on Friday. He said that besides solution of problems of farmers there is also a need for comprehensive planning for increasing agriculture production. He said that problems of farmers will be resolved with the cooperation of the federal government. He said that the Punjab government has given 30,000 tractors on concessionary rates to the cultivators during the last few years and agri implements are also provided to the farmers at 50 percent less rate. He said that the interests of farmers will be safeguarded in future as well. He said that the collision of middleman and other mafia in agriculture sector will be eliminated.


Responding to a question of Imtiaz Afzal of Jhelum, Shehbaz said that land record management and information system project has been completed and services are being provided to the people in 143 tehsils of the province. He said that Punjab is the first province of the country where land record has been computerised. He said that data of fifty five million people has been preserved which is a historic step.

He said that this programme will put an end to the collusion of patwari and tehsildar. He said that ownership deeds and other documents are being provided within 30 minutes at the services centres. He said that this programme has been completed at a cost of Rs 11 billion and this project is resulting in elimination of corruption, fraud, bribery and forgery.