Govt to form reconciliation committees for dispute resolution


LAHORE: A meeting of Punjab cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Friday decided to constitute Reconciliation Committees under the Police Order for dispute resolution.

The cabinet observed that the reconciliation committees will help to resolve disputes at the public level.

The provincial cabinet, while deliberating on 40-point agenda, also approved the bill of alternate solution of disputes, in its meeting.

The cabinet also decided to extend the Safe City Project to other cities of the province. It decided to initiate the project according to priorities on a case by case basis.

The Punjab cabinet also approved low-cost housing projects for Chishtian, Lodhran and Renala Khord cities under the Prime Minister’s Naya Pakistan Housing Programme. Punjab Housing Department will implement these housing schemes.

The provincial cabinet rejected a proposal to hike water tax rates in Punjab. Buzdar said that his government will protect the interests of cultivators at any cost.

The chief minister also welcomed a new member of his cabinet, Bao Mohammad Rizwan, in the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, he said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was a genuine guardian the rights of the people. Buzdar further said that the development of Punjab was the government’s main objective and public interest was maintained in every decision.

“Despite financial constraints, we do not want to transfer any burden to the people,” he said.

Speaking on the detention of Abdul Aleem Khan by National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the chief minister said that the former senior minister had resigned from the cabinet showing high moral character and it was hoped that he would get justice.

“The PTI government fully believes in the supremacy of law,” he said, adding that Aleem Khan’s political and public-related services were praiseworthy while his performance as a senior minister had also remained brilliant.

The cabinet meeting also endorsed the decisions made in the previous meeting.