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Public welfare schemes to be introduced in upcoming budget 2019-20

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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 program, mother care center in deprived areas, universities and internship programs. 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 Program
(ADP) 2019-20 here on Wednesday. Chairman Planning and Development
Department Habib-ur-rehman Gillani, CEO PPP Cell Dr Farukh Naveed,
Secretary Finance Abdulah Sunbal, and other concern 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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