LAHORE: The Punjab cabinet’s standing committee on finance on Thursday rejected a proposal to raise the fare of the city-wide Metro Bus Service.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, who presided over a meeting of the committee, said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government didn’t want to put a financial burden on the working class by fare hikes.
He directed the concerned authorities to work out other viable means to scale up the resources. “It is our responsibility to provide relief to common man,” he told the committee.
In the meeting, approval was given for the provision of financial assistance to families of contractual employees who die during the course of employment, completion of the required process for hiring a new managing director of the Mass Transit Authority, and new recruitment in the media wing of the Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR).
Besides, the committee also gave the go-ahead for appointments in the Special Monitoring Unit, and Dengue Prevention Program. It also decided to set up a separate health facility for neonatal care along with a nursing college.
The committee approved the release of funds for District Headquarters Hospital, Chakwal and setting up of a shelter home in Taunsa Sharif.