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Public welfare schemes to be introduced in budget, says Bakhat

By Our Special Correspondent

LAHORE: Provincial Minister Hashim Jawan Bakhat has said that public welfare schemes would be introduced in the next budget including the agriculture card, credit guarantee scheme, Skilled Youth programme, mother care center in deprived areas, universities and internship programmes. He stressed the need of playing the positive role by every institution of the society in order to improve the service delivery.
He was chairing a meeting to review the Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2019-20 here on Friday. Chairman Planning and Development Department Habib-ur-Rehman Gillani, CEO PPP Cell Dr Farukh Naveed, Secretary Finance Abdulah Sunbal, and other concerned secretaries attended the meeting. The minister instructed the department to cut down their current expenditures and ensure the best results in minimum resources. He asked the departments to prepare such schemes which promote the PPP model and attract the private sector to participate in such schemes.
The meeting reviews the ongoing development projects of current fiscal year 2018-19, besides discussed the ADP 2019-20 projects. The meeting was informed that almost 90 percent of the development budget allocated and released under 2018-19 ADP were utilized. Chairman Planning and Development Department Habib-ur-Rehman Gillani briefed the meeting about proposed development schemes under 2019-20 ADP and focused were given towards the PPP schemes. Punjab government will establish a Public-Private Partnership Authority in the province to effectively implement the PPP projects in Punjab

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