Govt committed to facilitating farmers: CM Buzdar

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–CM orders speedy establishment of delay-hit Children’s Hospital in Bahawalpur

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Sunday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf provincial government was committed to bringing prosperity in farmers’ lives.

In a statement issued from Lahore, he said a long term policy is being pursued for development of agriculture sector that will produce far-reaching results.

The chief minister said approval has been given to provide certified cotton seeds to farmers that will increase yield of this crop.

He said indiscriminate action will be taken against manufacturers of spurious pesticides.

Earlier on March 1, Prime Minister Imran Khan had chaired a meeting regarding National Agriculture Emergency Programme at the Chief Minister House, Punjab.

The PM was briefed on steps taken by the provincial government to improve agricultural conditions and upgradation of the sector. PM Khan was told about future planning of the Punjab government to make necessary changes in the sector.

Khan told the meeting that China’s model should be followed to make much-needed changes in the agriculture sector of Pakistan.

“We need to equip peasants with modern techniques of farming,” he added. He said adulterated milk badly affect the health of children, hence put their life at risk.

He directed officials concerned to strictly punish anyone found involved in adulterating milk.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government on the instructions of CM Buzdar has ordered the speedy establishment of a Children’s Hospital in Bahawalpur with the support of the Korean agency of development.

The government has requested the Korean team to come immediately and start work on this project which was facing delays. The Children’s Hospital project, which is of utmost importance to the residents of Bahawalpur and south Punjab, has been facing delay and neglect since the last two years.

The 235-bed state of the art children hospital will provide intensive care to neonates and children and general and specialized health care to children of Bahawalpur and adjoining area. The announcement of the project has brought jubilation to the residents of the area who had to travel to Lahore and the Center with their sick children.

A special unit in Planning and Development Board is being created to monitor the timely implementation of this crucial project for the development of the South Punjab province.