Lahore: According to news reports, Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has urged the Punjab administration to spend as much money as possible on development projects and to hire a third party to evaluate quality.
On Monday, the prime minister gave the order in a virtual conference with Punjab’s political leadership and administration.
The Prime Minister was supposed to undertake a one-day visit to Lahore on Monday, but severe weather forced him to change his plans. The gathering reviewed Punjab’s development agenda, as well as the preservation and restoration of shrines and the planting of monsoon trees. Hashim Jawan Bakht, the Punjab Finance Minister, attended the meeting from Islamabad.
The prime minister placed a specific emphasis on district development packages, emphasizing that all district and department heads will be held accountable for the timely completion of development projects. He oversaw the construction of playgrounds in every area so that children may participate in healthy outdoor activities.
Mr. Khan also told the Punjab administration that the benefits of the universal health care system must reach the province’s common people.
Punjab spent 97 percent of the authorized development money on 5,889 programs in the previous financial year 2020-21, according to the chief minister, which was a record spending in the last decade.
Punjab, according to the secretary, will carry out 7,116 development initiatives this fiscal year, with 90 percent of them having a development expenditure of Rs560 billion.
The secretary also gave the prime minister an update on the budget allocations for education, health, district development packages, agriculture, social protection, industry, and the information technology sector. According to the secretary, the development budget would assist in the creation of 350,000 jobs.