An effective Punjab government... By Mubashir
12 February, 2013
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been stating very loudly that, if it will come into power after the general elections, it will change the fate of the Pakistani people. The current Punjab government, which consists of the PML-N, has carried out some noteworthy projects but are these projects only noteworthy or are they remarkable also? The question is: what has the Punjab government done under the leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif? Most of these projects are done in Lahore and many critics believe that South Punjab has been ignored. However, in the last 18 months, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has paid attention to South Punjab's cities also, especially when the demand for a new province was made.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Minar-e-Pakistan jalsa on October 30, 2011 was also a wakeup call for the PML-N after which the party started many projects. However, most of these projects were only meant to attract voters, e.g. the laptop scheme. The budget that was used for the free distribution of laptops could have been used in the setting up of digital libraries, which have the potential to help more students. Shahbaz Sharif once again launched the yellow cab scheme for graduates so as to help them with their employment opportunities. However, after facing criticism, the requirement of education was lowered to just FSc. It is hoped that the next political party to form the Punjab government will look at the issues after which a budget will be allocated for health, education, end of load shedding and other basic needs projects.