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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Minimum wage increased in 25th provincial cabinet meeting

In the 25th provincial cabinet meeting, held under the leadership of caretaker Chief Minister Naqvi, several noteworthy decisions were made.

In a move towards improving the quality of life for the people of South Punjab, the 25th provincial cabinet meeting, held under the leadership of caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, made several noteworthy decisions. From increasing the minimum wage for workers to addressing environmental concerns and enhancing healthcare infrastructure, this meeting paved the way for a brighter future in the region.

Empowering the Workforce

One of the most commendable decisions of the cabinet meeting was the approval to increase the minimum salary of workers to Rs32,000. This step not only aims to provide financial relief to the labor force but also demonstrates the government’s commitment to improving the living standards of its citizens. Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi’s directive to ensure the prompt implementation of this decision reflects the urgency attached to uplifting the working class.

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Inclusive Public Transportation

In a bid to promote inclusivity, the cabinet extended a helping hand to the disabled, elderly, and students by allowing them to travel for free on the metro bus service and orange line metro train. This move not only facilitates easier mobility for these groups but also encourages greater usage of public transportation, contributing to a greener environment.

Education and Healthcare

Critical decisions were made regarding education and healthcare. The cabinet approved recommendations for the admission policy for the 2023-24 session in government medical and dental colleges, ensuring transparency and access to quality education. Additionally, the formation of a committee to tackle smog-related issues underscores the government’s commitment to environmental sustainability and public health.

Supporting Journalists

Recognizing the invaluable role played by journalists in society, the cabinet approved the launch of an endowment fund worth one billion rupees for the welfare of journalists and their families. This financial support acknowledges the challenges faced by journalists and their dedication to keeping the public informed.

Infrastructure and Development

The cabinet was briefed about mega development projects, including annual development programs and road repair and maintenance schemes. The emphasis on completing projects in South Punjab promptly showcases the government’s commitment to improving infrastructure and connectivity in the region, fostering economic growth.

Healthcare Expansion

The decision to entrust the Punjab Health Facilities Management Company with making dispensaries operational within the premises of high courts ensures accessibility to medical services in critical locations. Furthermore, the extension of contracts for employees at the Violence Against Women Centre, appointments to the LDA Commission, and the management transfer of Haji Abdul Qayyum Teaching Hospital all reflect the government’s dedication to healthcare improvement and safety.

Promoting Agricultural Research

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi’s visit to Nawaz Sharif Agricultural University underscored the government’s commitment to sustainable agricultural research. The announcement of a ministerial committee for promoting agri-research demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing agricultural challenges, increasing productivity, and ensuring access to modern seed varieties.

Healthcare Infrastructure Upgrades

During the CM’s visit to Nishtar Hospital-II and DHQ Hospital Multan, he inspected various facilities and stressed the importance of completing projects without delay. These initiatives will enhance healthcare services and reduce the burden on existing healthcare facilities, ultimately improving the healthcare landscape in South Punjab.

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The 25th provincial cabinet meeting in South Punjab marked a pivotal moment in the region’s journey towards progress and prosperity. With decisions that prioritize workers, inclusivity, education, healthcare, and infrastructure, the government under Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has shown a commitment to addressing the needs and aspirations of its people, setting a promising course for the future.