From Our Staff Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Leader Sadaqat Ali Abbasi Sunday said that it is time to unite against corruption and eliminate the menace from the country as battle against corruption was the topmost priority of the present government.
Talking to a private news channel, he said in country the fight against corruption is one of the major priorities of present government as corruption in both the private and public sector has a detrimental effect on government’s effort to deliver effective services to the people.
PTI government will continue its efforts to eliminate fraud and corruption from the country, he said.
He also invited the citizens and organisations of the country to play their part in preventing and fighting corruption.
He said the corrupt bigwigs, who amassed huge national wealth by using unfair means would be dealt with iron hands and exemplary punishment should be awarded to the corrupt mafia.
He said that all institutions of the state are working without any pressure and crackdown would continue against the corrupt.
“Corruption is the largest issue of the country after terrorism and the PTI government is determined to root it out at all cost”, he added.
The government is taking a raft of measures to prevent and combat fraud involving public funds more effectively, he mentioned.
To a Question, he said if we analyze the policy of PTI government in broader line, poverty alleviation is the top priority of government, adding, during the tenure of previous government, the development projects were only limited to Lahore.
He said current government has introduced local body system so that development could be carried out in all areas without any discrimination.
Sadaqat Abbasi said the Naya Pakistan Housing project initiated by the government will provide shelters to homeless people.
The government is making all out efforts to improve the economy of the country and taking right steps in right direction in this regard, he concluded.
EPI drive in full swing
A two week long National Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI), campaign started in Rawalpindi on May 7, was in full swing. Deputy District Officer(Health)Dr Zeeshan said Sunday that the Punjab government is actively following the EPI, a disease prevention programme to reduce illness, disability and mortality rate, to achieve 100 per cent results set for the health sector under the millennium development goal. Under the ongoing vigorous drive, DDO told APP that lady health workers, health centres, allied hospitals and tehsil heaquarter hospitals were participating in the national drive to take preventive measures and effectively fight chronic diseases like Polio, Measles,Pertussis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis-B and Tuberculosis.
During the campaign, he said, different vaccinations were being administered to children of two years age besides those who missed it during the last two to three years.
He said a healthy child was essential for a healthy society and this message should be conveyed in every nook and corner of the district.