CM Says Government’s Top Priority is Development Projects

Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister, said on Saturday that rural development projects, which include energy projects and those of clean water provision are the government’s top priority. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad that was held for the Punjab Bio-energy Institute and girl’s hostel for 1000 students, Mr. Sharif said that rural development forms the backbone of the economy. He said that Pakistan had been blessed with the best brains, four seasons and a fertile land.

The CM further said that poverty alleviation and rural development shared a direct link. A new project had been initiated by the government that was titled Farm to Market for addressing the problems encountered by the farming community. During the first phase of the project, the expenditure was about RS. 15 billion, but it was expected to be increased to RS. 150 billion in the next three years.

Mr. Sharif said that the work was being done for providing clean water to the rural population and this would be completed in three years. When talking about Pakistan’s relations with China, he was full of praise for the Chinese government as they had begun projects worth 45 billion dollars, which would open new avenues of trade and employment and would also be helpful in improving the standards of living of the people of Pakistan.

He urged the students to learn Chinese as part of their studies as this would strengthen the ties between Pakistan and China. Addressing the uplifting work in Faisalabad, he said that the city was contributing to the textile industry and was an industrial hub. He stated that numerous programs that were worth 10 billion had been initiated for providing people with state-of-the-art facilities at their doorstep.