Lahore: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that besides offering loans to the unemployed youth, 20,000 yellow cabs would also be distributed and a sum of Rs 4.5 billion has been allocated for the purpose.
Talking to media-men while inspecting yellow cabs, Sharif on Wednesday said that solid measures have been taken in the new budget for eliminating unemployment from the province.
The CM Punjab said that as a result of negotiations the company supplying the cabs has agreed to provide the vehicles at reduced price and a sum of Rs 400 million would thus be saved. He appreciated the efforts of relavant authorities in this regard.
He said that transparency is the stamp of Punjab government and like green tractors scheme, Aashiyana housing scheme and other projects, yellow cabs would also be distributed among the deserving persons in a transparent manner.
He said that yellow cabs would be manufactured in Pakistan and the company has agreed to supply the vehicles at reduced price. He also sought views of media-men about the color of yellow cabs who proposed green color for the cabs. Later, the Chief Minister personally drove a yellow cab to check its standard.
On a question, Sharif said that Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raza Rabbani are in favour of devolution of ministries to the provinces in the wake of 18th amendment in the constitution but some elements having a non-political thinking are creating hurdles.
He said that “Ali Baba and Forty Thieves” have joined hands in Islamabad to plunder resources of the provinces. He said that the elements which robbed Hajis, the Punjab Bank and NICL are obstructing the transfer of these institutions as they want to loot the funds of billions of rupees of these ministries as well.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab has demanded convening a meeting of the Council of Common Interests immediately so that these issues could be resolved in the light of the constitution. Replying to another question, he said that Pakistan Peoples’ Party promoted corruption in Azad Kashmir during election.