Govt to ensure supply of potable water to remote areas: CM


–Seven-member committee to present recommendations on drinking water to CM, governor

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday said that the provincial government would ensure the supply of potable water to underprivileged areas and fulfill all promises made to the masses.

Addressing a meeting on potable water, which was chaired by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Buzdar said a comprehensive policy was being adopted for the provision of basic amenities of life to the masses as per the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

During the meeting, a seven-member committee on potable water was formed. The committee, headed by Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat, will present its recommendations to the chief minister and the governor within 15 days.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, on the occasion, directed to form other committees on district level which would be headed by the assistant commissioners concerned so as to monitor the installation and maintenance of water filtration plants.

He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government believed in the transfer of powers to the grassroots level and added that the government was amending laws to empower the local government system in the province.

The meeting was attended by Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan, Law Minister Raja Basharat, Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht, Irrigation Minister Mohsin Laghari, Chief Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, the provincial advocate general and other administrative secretaries concerned.