100% literacy rate must for nation's progress: CM Shahbaz
09 September, 2013
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the goal of a bright future of the country could not be realized without achievement of 100 percent literacy rate.
He said Punjab government had taken revolutionary measures for the promotion of education. He said a a comprehensive programme was being implemented for ensuring 100 percent literacy rate while an emergency campaign had been launched for universal primary enrolment for increasing the rate of literacy.
In a message on International Literacy Day, the CM said the aim of national progress and development could not be achieved nor a prosperous future for the country could be ensured unless the young generation was equipped with modern education. He said it was a fact that only those nations had progressed and prospered which paid due attention to education sector.
The CM expressed the resolve that no effort will be spared for increasing literacy rate and equipping the young generation with modern knowledge and technology.
Turkish experts to help revamp WASA: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that government was striving to provide better facilities of water supply and drainage in big cities of the province and Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) would be reorganised under a phased reforms programme.
He said services of Turk experts would also be acquired for this purpose. He said the problems regarding water supply and sewerage in Lahore as well as other major cities would have to be resolved on priority basis.
He was talking to a delegation of Istanbul Municipality (ISKI), on Sunday. Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yaseen, Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz, Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, secretary Housing, commissioner Lahore Division, district coordination officer Lahore, director general LDA, managing director WASA as well as senior officials of ISKI were present on the occasion.
It was agreed in the meeting that Punjab government and ISKI would cooperate in the capacity-building and introducing reforms in WASA. Talking to the Turk delegation, the chief minister said Punjab government wanted to introduce a modern management system of water supply and drainage of waste and rainwater. He said there was a need to reorganise the entire structure of WASA under a well-coordinated and comprehensive plan. He said modern services will be provided to citizens through capacity-building of WASA.
He said an agreement will be signed with Turk Municipality for capacity- building of WASA and introduction of modern management system. The chief minister directed concerned authorities to undertake short, medium and long term planning for providing better services to the citizens. He said the performance of WASA could be improved through modern management system.
He stressed upon Istanbul Municipality to cooperate in evolving a short-term plan before the next monsoon so the problems regarding rainwater could be resolved. He said instead of temporary measures, modern and comprehensive planning should be made for moving ahead.
Sharif asked Istanbul Municipality to prepare a pilot project for the supply of water as well as improvement of sewerage and drainage system. He said all out facilities will be provided to the Turk experts in Punjab. He said the task of capacity-building of WASA will be outsourced in a transparent manner.
The delegation of Istanbul Municipality assured the CM that all out cooperation will be extended to Punjab government for improving water management and drainage system. The delegation informed that the system of water supply and sewerage had been completely changed through a comprehensive programme in Istanbul and now excellent services were available to the citizens.