Chief Ministership of Shehbaz Sharif

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Shehbaz Sharif
Shahbaz Sharif.jpg
Mian Shahbaz Sharif
13th and 16th Chief Minister of Punjab
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterMuhammad Nawaz Sharif
GovernorMalik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana
Preceded byNajam Sethi
MajorityPakistan Muslim League (N)
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Raja Parvez Ashraf
Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
GovernorMakhdoom Ahmed Mehmood
Latif Khosa
Salmaan Taseer
Preceded byDost Muhammad Khosa
Succeeded byNajam Sethi

Shehbaz Sharif served longest tenure in history as chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan spanning over 11 years of rule. His tenures involved 1997 Nawaz Government, 2008 Pakistan Peoples Party's regime and 2013 PML-N's rule. His prominent contribution involves infrastructure development, transit projects and power plants. He has developed fly overs, road infrastructures, transit services and power projects. He is best known for his dedication, working speed, ability to execute mega projects and his quick actions. However, he is also criticise over lack of priorities, spending development funds mostly in Lahore and large cities, keeping major power and assignments with in himself, nepotism and conflict of interests and misuse of authority by opposition parties.

His vision in transit system involves Lahore Metro, Multan Metrobus, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metrobus and Orange Line (Lahore Metro), several flyovers and road projects majorly in larger cities specially Lahore. His main work in education includes, Danish School, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund and Shahbaz Sharif laptop scheme. His electric power initiates include, Nandipur Power Project, Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park and other projects. In order to ensure security and enforce law and order he started The Dolphin Force and Safe Cities Project. He had done some tremendous work during dengue out break in Punjab and capped it successfully within short period of time. However, Shehbaz Sharif also remained surrounded with several controversies including Model town lahore incident, scam and corruption probes over development projects.

Tenure of Chief Ministership[edit]

The chief ministership of Shehbaz Sharif began on 20 February 1997, with formation of majority provincial government in the Punjab, Pakistan. This occurred upon dismissal of the government by-then President Leghari after alleged corruption and abuse of power, which was two years earlier than 5-year tenure.[1][2] After the 1997 Pakistani general election, Sharif became 9th Chief Minister of Punjab. His first tenure started on 20 February 1997 and ended on 12 October 1999 with 1999 Pakistani coup d'état.

Sharif again became chief minister of Punjab on 8 June 2008 after his fourth[3] win from Bhakkar constituency in by-polls held in June 2008 and subsequently elected chief minister unopposed after securing 265 votes in the 371-members provincial assembly.[4][5] After the 2013 general election, Sharif remained Chief Minister of Punjab after securing 214 seats out of 372.

No. Regime Election Term of office
1 Nawaz Government 1997
(1997-1999)
1997 Pakistani general election 20 February
1997
12 October
1999
2 years, 234 days
2 Pakistan Peoples Party 2008
(2008-2012)
2008 Pakistani general election 11 April
2008
8 June
2008
58 days
3 Pakistan Peoples Party 2008
(2008-2012)
2008 Pakistani general election 30 March
2009
26 March
2013
3 years, 361 days
4 Pakistan Muslim League (N) 2013
(2013-2018)
Pakistani general election, 2013 23 June
2013
Incumbent 6 years, 102 days

First term (1997–99)[edit]

During his first tenure as chief minister of Punjab, he focused on health, education, agriculture and industrial sectors and was praised for his good governance.

Sabzazar case[edit]

In 2003, an anti-terrorism court issued an arrest warrant for Sharif in a 1998 extrajudicial killings case.[6] Sharif was accused for ordering extrajudicial killings of five people in a fake police encounter in 1998 during his first tenure as Chief Minister of Punjab.[7] Sharif attempted to return to Pakistan in 2004 to appear before the court, but was forcibly deported back to Saudi Arabia.[7][8] In August 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan gave its verdict which allowed Sharif to return to Pakistan.[9] In September 2007, a court in Pakistan ordered police to arrest Sharif "at whichever airport he lands at" on a 2003 arrest warrant.[10][7] Sharif denied ordering the alleged killings and said the charges against him were politically motivated.[7] He further said "in 2004 he landed at the Lahore Airport and wanted to appear before the court but the government in a deceitful mode sent him back to Saudi Arabia in sheer violation of the orders of the Supreme Court."[11]

Second term (2008–13)[edit]

Some of the major projects initiated by Shahbaz Sharif include;

  • Punjab Education Foundation a Foundation to promote educational investment in Punjab by promoting private sector
  • e-Rozgaar Program for freelancers
  • Violence Against Women Centers[12] Violence Against Women Center (VAWC) was established for the defence of women against violence. Through this entity, the victim will be able to report violence through the use of its helpline and get speedy justice. This entity will also provide victim facility to lodge FIR along with forensic help, medical examination, prosecution and post-trauma rehabilitation under one roof.The first Violence Against Women Center has been inaugurated in Multan. The center will provide medical and legal aid, protection and relief for women victimized by violence. The Violence Against Women Center will provide services including FIR registration, provide psychological, forensic, legal, medcolegal, investigation, rehabilitation and examination facilities under one roof.[13]
  • Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park (QASP) Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park was 1000 MW planned solar park in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. However, after installation of 100 MW in May 2015,[14] the project was stopped for further development, due to dusty environment and hot weather.It was decided in June, 2017 to privatise Solar-Park,[15] attributing to 18 MW production on installed 100 MW due to high maintenance of production costs.[16]
  • Lahore Orange Line Metro The Orange Line of Lahore Metro is an under construction line of the Lahore Metro network in Lahore. It is a part of mass transit programme launched by Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. EXIM bank of China has granted a loan of Rs. 160 billion for Orange Line Metro. The repayment of this loan is spread over 20 years, Rs. 8 billion per year. The payment of this amount will be made from the transport budget of Punjab government. Construction work for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train project has started in the provincial metropolis. Labourers, workers, students, doctors, lawyers, farmers, traders and people of all walks of life will travel by metro train and approximately over 250,000 people will benefit from this project daily and the capacity will increase up to 500,000 by 2025. Lahore Orange Line Metro has a 27 km long route. 24.3 km long section will be at a height of six meters from the ground while 1.7 km track will be underground with total of 26 stations. Metro train will be connecting all the main areas of Lahore starting from Ali Town, Thokar Niaz Baig, Wahdat Road, Aiwan Town, Sabzazaar, Samanabad, Gulshan Ravi, Chuburji, GPO, Lakshami, Railway Station, UET, Shalamar Bagh, Mehmood Boti to Dera Gujjaran. It will bring a revolution in transport sector and work will be carried out round the clock on this project. The project will achieve a saving of Rs. 14.9 billion in the first five years of operation in terms of travel time and vehicle operating costs. In addition to reduction of congestion, the end-to-end travel time will be 45 minutes compared to 2.5 hours spent while travelling on this route.[17]
  • Multan Metrobus Multan metro project was started in May 2015 and started operations in January 2017.[18] The 18.5 kilometres (11.5 mi) long track with 21 stations costed Rs. 29 billion. However, the project remained under several controversies, including lack of public interest in the project, purchase of 200 feeder buses to support Multan metro [19] and $17.5 million corruption scam[20] taken up by senate finance committee[21] and latter by NAB.[22] However, Chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Shareef denied any corruption charges or misappropriation in the project.
  • The Dolphin Force[23] Its is a new elite security unit, inspired by law enforcement unit in Turkey. This unit is patrolling the streets of Lahore to curb street crimes. The unit has so far received 35 HONDA CB motorbikes out of an estimated final strength of 300 to aid in pursuit and apprehension. However, despite spending billions, the project failed to control crime in Lahore.
  • 50 thousand low cost houses in Punjab An agreement was signed between Punjab government and a renowned housing sector institution of Turkey, Housing Development Administration Turkey (TOKI) for developing 50,000 low cost houses in Punjab. TOKI will provide technical assistance for construction of these houses. 25 thousand houses will be built in 2016 whereas further 25 thousand houses in 2017.
  • Land Records and Management and Information System (LRMIS)[24] Punjab government has formally inaugurated Land Records and Management and Information System in all the 36 districts of Punjab province. The manual record of 22,000 rural estates of more than 55.5 million landowners have been digitized by now. State of the art Arazi Centers have been established in all 143 tehsils in the province of Punjab to deliver services. This system has fixed 500 million discrepancies and service centers are issuing around 150, 000 fards per month. In addition, some 150,000 land transfer deals are approved per month. By 2016, land records have been computerized in 30 districts along with linking of 92 service centres online. In addition, Google mapping of Lodhran, Lahore and Hafizabad has been completed. Land search can be done online in Lodhran, Lahore, Okara, Hafizabad, Bahawalnagar, Jhang, Bahawalpur, Hafizabad, Jhelum, Rajanpur, Khosab and Khanewal [25] A customer can get ‘fard’ in 30 minutes after going through basic minimum formalities.
  • Children Hospital Faisalabad[26] It is the world's second largest and Asia's second largest children hospital. 1000 bed children hospital with state of the art centrally air conditioned emergency and OPD block, this hospital has been established on special directive of Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif.
  • Safe Cities Project* [27] Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated Safe Cities Project in Lahore with a plan to extend this system throughout Punjab. The basic purpose of this system is to protect citizens and their property from any harm by nefarious elements. Safe Cities Project in Lahore has Asia's largest surveillance screen installed for monitoring the entire city. 10,000 camera have been installed in Lahore for comprehensive coverage of public institutions, key infrastructure, public roads, prime hotspots and public places. Safe City project will be implemented in 6 cities of Punjab by 2017 including Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Sargodha. This system will ensure improved service delivery through provision of integrated emergency services like Rescue 1122, Fire Fighting and disaster relief to the police and public. Public will be informed of traffic density and alternate routes through Variable Messaging System and broadcast. Police respondents will be available for real time monitoring of processions and law and order situations. Through this system, public satisfaction will increase as real time comparison of suspected persons with criminal and other allied departmental databases will be conducted.
  • Punjab Educational Endowment Fund a scholarship fund for students[28][29]
  • Lahore Metro Bus System The project was initiated by Pervez Elahi Govt in 2005. But only feasibility was done during his tenure. The Shahbaz Sharif Govt. delayed the project and instead of all four routes for which feasibility was completed, went for only one route of 27 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system from Gajumata to Shahadra.[30]
  • Danish Schools is a free education project to provide top class education to the less fortunate in Pakistan
  • Apna Rozgar Scheme is initiative taken by Punjab Govt. in order to give 50,000 yellow Taxi's yearly
  • Khud Rozgar Scheme is a loan scheme in which interest-free loans are provided to poor people to establish small shops or other locally operative business.
  • Punjab Mass Transit Authority[31] to construct, maintain rapid bus transit systems in Punjab
  • Punjab Food Authority[32] to control food hygiene in Punjab
  • Punjab Information Technology Board[33] to promote IT field in Punjab
  • Punjab Land Development Company[34] to make affordable housing schemes in Punjab
  • Information Technology University[35] a world class university in field of IT in Lahore
  • Ashiana Housing Scheme[36] Affordable Housing for low income families with modern facilities in Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala & other cities of Punjab.
  • e-Youth Initiative[37] to provide free laptops to 100 thousand brilliant students studying at public sector colleges & universities and high achievers of the Boards of Punjab in Matriculation Examinations
  • Punjab Forensic Science Agency at Lahore[38] Establishing of PFSA and a state of the art forensic lab
  • Punjab Youth Internship Program[39] A program to equip 50,000 unemployed youth with productive skills in Punjab. A monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 will be paid to the interns.
  • Lahore Waste Management Company[40] An Integrated Solid Waste Management project with collaboration of Turkish contractors for the city of Lahore to serve as a model for other areas in Punjab.
  • The Punjab Model of Proactive Governance[41] A system to proactively seek feedback from consumers of government services using call centers, text messages and phone calls. The project has been supported and funded by the World Bank.
  • Sasti Roti Subsidy white floor bag and ovens provided to special shops, aimed to provide cheap bread to common man.
  • Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology Following the reforms in health sector, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated the successful completion of Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology. This hospital has been completed at the cost of Rs. 3.6 billion. The 272-bed hospital is equipped with high medical facilities to provide complete health facilities.

Third term (2013–2018)[edit]

Punjab Budget 2016-2017[edit]

Punjab budget 2016-17 was presented on 13 June by Punjab Finance Minister Ayesha Ghaus Pasha. An accumulate budget of Rs. 1,681 billion was presented in the budget. The budget allocation for agriculture has been increased by 47%, for law and order by 48%, for health by 62%, for education by 47%, for potable water by 88%, for school education by 71% and for other developmental projects an increase by 37.5%. This budget is primarily focused on social development rather than infrastructure. From providing education to each and every kid in Punjab to women empowerment, it is a socially directed budget with unique initiatives. Some of the highlights of this budget include:

A total of Rs. 256 billion has been allocated to education in Punjab budget 2016-2017. A total of Rs. 43.83 billion has been allocated to health in Punjab budget 2016-17. Major part of this budget will be spent on revamping DHQ and THQ hospitals throughout Punjab. Punjab government has already announced a historic package of Rs. 100 billion for agriculture. Out of this package, Rs. 50 billion will be allocated to agriculture in 2016-17. Women Development & Empowerment has been given a substantial share of the budget including initiatives such as Help Desk in police stations, 40% quota for women in self-employment scheme and establishment of Women Protection Center in Multan. For empowering and supporting youth through different initiatives, Punjab government has allocated Rs. 23.3 billion in 2016-17 budget. For establishing law and order throughout the province, the Punjab government has allocated Rs. 145 billion.

Chinese investment tour[edit]

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif went on an elaborate tour to China from 24–29 July. The tour not only was focused on bringing in more investment to Punjab by presenting favorable side of the province but also to celebrate 67 years of Pak-China friendship. Chief Minister traveled from Beijing to Jimo and met higher authorities of all the developmental sectors including health, energy and infrastructure. The term Punjab Speed is used in China with regard to rapid execution of projects, said the Chairman of EXIM bank in a meeting with Shehbaz Sharif. In his six days tour visiting four cities, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese authorities successfully signed 20 agreements and 25 memorandum of understandings for health, energy, infrastructure and other sectors. In addition, the chief minister told the Chinese authorities that work has been started on implementation of a $46 billion investment package by China. Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif met the top management of Huawei company. In the meeting, it was decided that Huawei will incorporate its healthcare solution in one of the DHQs in Punjab free of cost. If the incorporation brings desired results, this solution will be expanded in all 36 districts of Punjab. The Chief Minister visited Beijing Friendship hospital and met the top management. In a fruitful meeting, a proposition was made to Friendship hospital that their team of experts will visit Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute to assess the training needs and train the Pakistani doctors accordingly. At a business seminar in Shandong where 60 key companies of China were present, Vice Governor Shandong said that Shehbaz Sharif has furthered Pak-China relationship in a real sense. The chief minister ensured that best facilities will be provided to the Chinese investors and their team in Punjab.

Turkey visit[edit]

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif went on a three-day tour to Turkey from 25–27 July. The most prominent highlight of this tour includes Shehbaz Sharif's meeting with Turkish Health Minister Dr. Recep Akdag. In this meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed as per which Turkey will extend its cooperation to uplift healthcare system in Punjab. The cooperation will include safe disposal of hospital waste and disinfection and infection control in health facilities. Shehbaz Sharif also attended the opening ceremony of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge on personal invitation of Turkish President Erdogan. Shehbaz Sharif was among the leading leadership of the world on this inauguration. Later, the chief minister also had one-on-one meeting with president Erdogan.

CM's Special Monitoring Unit[edit]

Special Monitoring Unit (SMU) is an initiative of Mr Shehbaz Sharif. CM's Special Monitoring Unit (SMU) Law and Order is an entity of the Government of Punjab and an essential part of the Chief Minister's Office. The unit is responsible for monitoring and implementation of various projects across Punjab. The unit is directly accountable to the CM and the citizens of the province of Punjab.

Since its inception in August 2014, SMU has already introduced ground breaking reforms in Law & Order wing that are currently in implementation stage. These include but are not limited to: Violence Against Women Centres (VAWC) – Provision of all facilities under one roof (including First Aid, FIR lodging, Prosecutor, Medical Examination, Forensics, Post Trauma Rehabilitation, Psychologist Consulting, Dar-ul-Amaans and Placement into Society)[42] Dealer Vehicle Registration System (D.V.R.S) – Citizen convenience by vehicle registration and license plate issuance at dealerships.[43] Token Tax Identification Stickers – to eliminate inconvenient checkpoint stops [44] Specialty plates – Customized license plates in different colours and with options for different images (relating to Culture, Disability, Personalities, Punjab Landmarks and in support of causes such as Breast Cancer, Terror Victims etc.)[45] • Introduction of camera integrated traffic fines with zero discrimination towards violators. Vehicle owners are traced by the registration plate data and warnings are sent to the owner’s house. Model Graveyards to facilitate grieving citizens [46][47][48] • Traffic Reforms including engineering, education and enforcement [49][50][51] • Restaurant Grading System which will give citizens the decision making power to choose restaurants based on quality and hygiene as opposed to the ambiance.[52][53]

Shahbaz Sharif is acknowledged even by his opponents as an outstanding administrator for his role in making Punjab a model of good governance.[54]

Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2015[edit]

The Punjab Assembly passed a long-awaited and landmark Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2015. This bill has 31 clauses and provides a complete system for complaint registration along with penalties for offenders. This act contains remedies for victims of violence. It also criminalise all forms of violence against women along with providing special centers providing services and protection to women against violence and abuse. Centers are being established for reconciliation and resolution of disputes. In addition, shelter homes will be built for protecting aggrieved women providing lodging and boarding facilities to the victim and children.[55]

Punjab Agriculture Conference 2016[edit]

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a package of Rs 100 billion for the development of agriculture sector. It was announced at the Punjab Agriculture Conference 2016. Representatives of farmers, agriculture experts and government gathered at one platform to make deliberations in working groups for the formulation of concrete recommendations and proposals. Through this conference, a solid policy for agriculture will be formulated. The Rs 100 billion budget will be spent on the prosperity of agriculture and farmers during the next two years. A major chunk of this budget will be allocated to research and development departments for the improvement of agriculture. In addition, Kissan Commission will also be set up to resolve problems or farmers, developing agriculture and increasing per acre yield.[56]

Prohibition of Child Labour in Brick Kilns Ordinance 2016[edit]

Punjab government under the supervision of Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif passed Prohibition of Child Labor in Brick Kilns Ordinance 2016 to eliminate child labor throughout the province of Punjab.[57] Government of the Punjab launched a mega campaign to eliminate child labour and the ordinance offers the following package to children currently working at brick kilns in Punjab:

• Monthly scholarship of Rs. 1000/- to every child going to school. • Government of Punjab to bear all educational expenses. • Free uniform, textbooks and stationery. • Transport facility to be extended to the children of far flung areas. • Sum of two thousand rupees to be given to the parents of such children going to school.

Fight against dengue[edit]

In 2011 there was a Dengue fever outbreak in Punjab. The total number of reported patients was 17,352, with loss of 252 lives in district Lahore only. The Punjab government under Chief Minister Sharif took radical and drastic measures to bring this menace completely under control. In 2012 only 182 confirmed cases were reported in district Lahore with zero mortality. The achievement was recognised and appreciated by Sri Lankan and other foreign experts.[58]

Special investment initiatives[edit]

In November 2015, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif decided to sharpen the investment pitch for Punjab by organizing a successful two-day International Seminar for Investment Opportunities in Punjab. The basic purpose of this seminar was to give assurance to the investors about the sanctity of the information and facilitation for investors in order to help them make up their minds when entering a new emerging market. This seminar facilitated investors in pointing out their expectations and highlighting possible gaps. Punjab honed its investment promotion skills through this seminar and invited some of the most trusted business partners, chiefly Chinese and Turks. The Chief Minister of Punjab personally attended the investment delegates from China and Turkey and proposed the investment opportunities available in 48 different sectors in Punjab. It was a successful event which resulted in signing of over 150 MoUs and agreements with the investors [59]

Shehbaz Sharif went on a five-day tour to the United Kingdom in November 2015 to enhance cooperation in health, education, skill development and other sectors in Punjab. At this occasion, he met British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond and UK Home Minister Ms. Theresa. He also addressed Chatham House, a think tank of international repute under the aegis of Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He addressed a large number of professors, intellectuals, politicians and experts at this occasion. It must be mentioned that addressing intellectual sessions at Chatham House is a prestigious tradition as Chatham House is about 100 years' old and only prominent personalities or politicians with international repute are invited for address.

Major Initiatives[edit]

  • Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Dehat Program A Major Initiative in November 2017 which aimed to provide cleanliness facilities to rural areas, and it is first of its own kind in the history of Pakistan that such initiative has been taken for rural community.This program will make sure the cleaning of drains, street sweeping and collection of solid waste from the village streets. The disposal of solid waste from the villages and elimination of stagnant water from these villages will improve the general environment and healthy conditions will be resulted in.
  • Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute

The Chief Minister of Punjab has initiated Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Program (HPTP) under which they have launched the 300 bed first phase of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research center (PKLI&RC) on 25 December 2017 at a cost of Rs20bn. It is the first state of the art kidney and liver center in South Asia that specifically deals with Kidney and Liver related issues. Liver related diseases are the 11th leading cause of deaths in Pakistan with kidney diseases on number 12. According to World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 40% of all the diseases in Pakistan have kidney, bladder, and liver related origin. The treatment of these diseases was either too expensive or not available in the country whatsoever that left people with no choice but to get it done from neighboring countries or lose the precious lives. Pakistan Kidney and Liver Instituted aims to deal in Nephrology, Urology, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Kidney and Liver Transplant and in other specialized medical fields in the future. The institute has a network of filter clinics in all 36 districts of Punjab province for timely provision of the treatment. It specifically targets the low income group, who cannot afford to get the treatment.

As an aftermath of President Trump’s decision of recognition of Jerusalem, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took a timely decision of convening a meeting of the OIC which was fully endorsed by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mian Shehbaz Sharif. On December 12, 2017, he [Shehbaz Sharif] Left for Turkey along with PM Abbasi to attend the OIC Extraordinary Summit on Jerusalem. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif got a prominent coverage in national as well as International media during his participation at the OIC Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul where he [Shehbaz Sharif] was the only provincial Chief Executive who was invited by the Turkish government along with PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, which is a personal honour for him and acknowledgement of his leadership qualities at the global level.

Under Khadim-e-Punjab Zewar-e-Taleem program, financial assistance is being provided to low-literacy districts. A stipend of Rs 1000 per month has been awarded to 495,000 female students so far in order to get better enrolment and retention from female students.

Lahore Knowledge Park is being developed as country’s first Technopolis, with a capital outlay of PKR 107 Billion (US$1 Billion). Punjab government has dedicated an area of 852 acres land. Lahore Knowledge Park embodies the vision of provincial Chief Minister to make Punjab and by extension Pakistan, South Asia’s premier destination for the global knowledge economy.

ECE centers have been set up in 11,000 schools out of 62,000 schools so far, almost 4,000 primary school teachers have already been trained for the project. It is the largest project of its kind in SAARC Countries.

426,000 laptops have been distributed among the deserving students who couldn't afford the luxury of laptops and showed good performance throughout their education career. Shahbaz Sharif Merit Scholarship (SSMS) Program offers a fully funded PhD Program from world known universities. A total number of 351,424 scholarships have been awarded to the competitive students in the region.

1167 College Teachers Interns (CTIs) have been recruited to meet the shortage of college staff. New Universities and sub-campuses have been established in Sahiwal, Okara, Jhang, T.T. Singh, D.G. Khan, Chakwal, Jhelum, Narowal and P.D. Khan (PKR.700 million) in order to get better enrollment in accordance with the growing population. I. Sub-Campus of GC University Faisalabad at T.T. Singh II. Establishment of University of Jhang III. Establishment of University of Sahiwal and Okara IV. Sub Campus of BZU at Vehari V. Government College Women University Sialkot VI. Sub Campus of UET Taxila Pind Dadan Khan Jhelum VII. Engineering College of University of Sargodha VIII. Sub-Campus of Govt. College University, Faisalabad IX. Establishment of University of Gujrat X. UOG Sub Campus Narowal XI. Sub Campus Govt College University at Kala Shah Kaku XII. Sub Campus of King Edward Narowal-Sheikhupura XIII. Khawaja Farid University of Engineering & IT at Rahim Yar Khan (PKR.587 million) XIV. Information Technology University (ITU) at Lahore. XV. Cadet College Khanpur, Okara and Fort Manro has been established.

• The 1,223MW of power project in Balloki Kasur has been completed. Groundbreaking was commenced by Nawaz Sharif on November 11, 2015. The project will utilize regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) for fuel, with diesel as an alternate backup. It is currently producing 380MW of energy out of 1223 MW. • 1,230MW Haveli Bahadur Shah Project Jhang was inaugurated by Nawaz Shareef in 2017 fueled by environment-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) The project is environment friendly with a minimum impact on climate change due to use of an efficient technology which guarantees the productivity and regulation of the plant at 62.44 per cent on LNG. The project will add 760 megawatts to the national grid. • The first plant of Sahiwal Coal Power Project was inaugurated in 2017 by Nawaz Shareef. It is producing 1320 Megawatt of energy. The project has been completed and functional through imported coal, in order to change energy mix for inexpensive power generation. • The 1,180-MW RLNG-fuelled Bhikki Power Plant financed by the Punjab government is the first project to be commissioned with 717 MW added to the national grid in the first phase. The project has taken 18 months to be functional which may be a world record for a mega project of this magnitude. The project has been built at half the cost of similar projects. • Quaid e Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur is the first energy project under CPEC that is producing 400MW out of 1000MW. With some 400,000 solar panels, spread over 200 hectares of flat desert, glare defiantly in Cholistan Desert Punab, it is the largest Photovoltaic power station in the world. • The provincial government of Punjab and a Chinese company has signed an agreement to install LNG-fueled power plant in Jhang by the name of Punjab power plant. The project is scheduled to be completed in 26 months and will start power generation of 810 MW within 14 months. • Huaneng Shandong Power, a subsidiary of China Huaneng Group signed an agreement with the Punjab government to build the Rahim Yar Khan plant under China Pakistan Economic Corridor. 1,320MW Rahim Yar Khan Coal power project is under feasibility study.

Small farmers would be provided interest free loans of Rs80 billion throughout the province under Kissan package. 600,000 farmers will be benefited from Kissan Package in the province. It is first of its kind project in the country that will result in agricultural production boost in the region. Kissan Cards are issued to farmers benefiting from various government programs to consolidate recipients’ information, including demographics, contact details, crops & landholding patterns, livestock, irrigation sys and mechanization, for transparent and efficient implementation of these interventions.

Following the rapid growth and density in population, the provincial government in Punjab has been among the pioneers to introduce Orange Line Metro Train in the city. 27-kilometer Orange Line Metro Train Project is country’s first mass rapid transit train project with an estimated cost of over $1.65 billion that will connect Raiwind, Multan Road, Mcleod Road, Lahore Junction Railway Station and the Grand Trunk Road. Country’s first rapid transit system was introduced by government of the Punjab in 2013 with Lahore Green Line BRT. It has 27 stations along a 27 km corridor that stretches from Shahdara to Gajumata. The total ridership in 2017 has hit 54 million. Multan metro project includes 21 bus stations spread over an 18.5 km route, which facilitates 97,000 commuters daily that covers 30 km long route. A 23 kilometre corridor of Rawalpindi Metro bus including elevated and underground roads have been facilitating thousands of commuters from the twin city. Almost 200 air conditioned Lahore Feeder Bus Service feeds the metro bus service, extending the service to virtually the entire city covering 130 km on 14 routes. Up to 100 buses are running on 11 feeder routes of the Multan Metro Bus System with e-ticketing system. The same service is underway from Bahawalpur to Lodhran.

The government has introduced environment-friendly Zig Zag Firing Brick Kilns technology. The design manual is the first one in South Asia as it incorporates the practical knowledge and engineering design of the kilns. Most of the brick kilns that are located in or around the urban cities of Pakistan emit thick black smoke containing several air pollutants (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides) and fine particulate matter, which causes serious health hazards like human illnesses, animal and plant life destruction to communities living around them.

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