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“Previous governments stole Rs. 265 billion of South Punjab”: Dr. Shebaz Gill


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The meeting of Punjab Cabinet meeting was held in Bahawalpur on Saturday with Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in the chair. The provincial cabinet deliberated upon various matters pertaining to problems being faced by the people in Multan and Bahawalpur divisions.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar had told that for the first time in the country’s seventy years of history, the cabinet meeting was held at other than provincial capital to assess the genuine problems faced by the masses of South Punjab and for their redressal on the spot.

When asked about “the difference of performance between previous and current governments” Dr. Shehbaz said, ministers and officials have a fear of accountability, they have a fear of their supreme leader of the party.

While answering a question of Dr. Moeed Pirzada about “Cabinet Meeting in Bahawalpur” Shehbaz Gill spokesperson of Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Usman Buzdaar, said that their government wants to empower South Punjab because he thinks it was neglected in the past.

The spokesperson said the previous governments stole Rs. 265 billion of South Punjab in the last seven years. The Budget allocation for South Punjab was 30% but they spent only 12% and the rest of the budget was used for metros and orange lines. The Budget of South Punjab was systematically made lapsed by the previous governments. He made these statements while talking to the prominent anchorperson Dr. Moeed Pirzada in his Primetime Show “Live with Moeed Pirzada”.

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“In the South, there is only one hospital for Children which is over occupied, the Per Capita Development Cost of Rajanpur is Rs. 2400 while Lahore Per-capita Development Cost is 10600”, said the Spokesman.

The spokesman further told that they are not finishing the subsidy of Metro Bus rather they want to rationalize it. Government is paying Rs. 12 billion subsidies for Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan metros, while passenger pays Rs. 20 and governments pay Rs. 40 to 50 per ticket.

He said it is a burden for the government to pay subsidies. It should not have been the priority of previous governments because he said people need good health care facilities and education first and then metros. When asked about “the difference of performance between previous and current governments” Dr. Shehbaz said, ministers and officials have a fear of accountability, they have a fear of their supreme leader of the party. Their ministers think many times before taking decisions.

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The Spokesman further said that the Chief Minister has stressed the Previous Parliamentarians to pay their dues of Punjab House. Previously parliamentarians were enjoying the facilities in Punjab House without giving dues but now they do not do the same. The spokesman appreciated the role of courts and maintained that Basant will be celebrated when the court allows doing it.

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