FAISALABAD (September 4, 2011) : Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the gulf between the privileged and deprived class in the country had expanded to unprecedented levels. He added the country had so far been ruled by an elite consisting of army generals, judges and politicians. The nexus, he said, had deprived the majority of the country’s population of basic services such as education, healthcare and affordable housing.
He said his government treated the poor as priority in use of development funds.
Earlier, Sharif reviewed the site for an Ashiyana Housing Scheme near Makkoanna on Jaranwala Road. He said 28,000 houses would be constructed under the scheme. These houses, he said, would be allotted to deserving people by balloting.
He directed DCO Nasim Sadiq and Punjab Land Development Company chief executive officer Dr Arshad to shortlist the construction contractors in a transparent process.
Sharif said he would personally monitor the balloting and allocation of houses to the deserving. He said that Ashiyana Housing Schemes were under construction in eight major cities in the province.
About Daanish Schools, Sharif said the project was meant to provide quality education to the poor and the underprivileged at par with those available at elite schools such as Aitchison College.
He also announced the construction of an underpass at Abdullahpur Crossing to solve traffic problems.
(Published in “Express Tribune” on September 5, 2011)