LAHORE (April 17, 2011): PUNJAB Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Aashiyana Housing Scheme was a revolutionary project of the Punjab government under which modern residential facilities would be provided to the poor, labourers, orphans, widows and families of martyrs as were available in elite housing schemes.
Shahbaz Sharif told that transparency in the execution of development projects was the hallmark of the present government. Like Daanish Schools, Aashiyana Housing Schemes will also be completed in a transparent manner, he said. He said that the draw for the first Aashiyana Housing Scheme would be held on May 1 and in the first phase keys of 400 houses would be given to the lucky winners of the draw in the next three months. He was talking to reports after a meeting held regarding the pace of implementation of Aashiyana Housing project at Saroba Atari, Sunday.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Punjab Land Development Company Chairman Sheikh Allauddin, Planning and Development chairman, housing secretary, Punjab Information Technology Board chairman, MPAs and other officers concerned were also present. C&W Secretary Azam Salman and Lahore Division Commissioner Nadeem Hassan Asif briefed the meeting on construction of link roads and provision of health, education and sports facilities in Aashiyana Housing Scheme. The chief minister said that it was for the first time in the 63-year history of the country that low-cost Aashiyana Housing Schemes equipped with the latest residential facilities were being developed for the hardworking citizens of the country who were earning livelihood for their children by honest means and the credit for this project went to Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab government.
He said that approval had also been granted for Aashiyana Housing Schemes in Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal and Jhelum and the scope of this welfare project would be extended to the whole province. He said that Aashiyana Housing Schemes would be unique with regard to their standard and transparency like the other projects of Punjab government.
(Published in “TheNews” on Monday, April 18, 2011)