Consider KP model of industrial growth: PM

Premier for effective industrial zoning, town planning to avert pollution, civic problems

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LAHORE/ ISLAMABAD/ MIANWALI
Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to take immediate steps to provide relief to people by controlling inflation. He was speaking during a briefing here on Thursday. The premier also instructed the CM to take action against hoarders. Punjab Chief Minister’s Advisor Dr. Salman Shah briefed the PM about the government’s measures and future strategy for socio-economic development and promotion of agriculture and industrial sectors in the province. The Punjab Chief Minister was also present on the occasion.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also directed the institutions concerned to devise an effective strategy on the industrial zoning and town planning to avert the environmental and civic issues. In a meeting with the representatives of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the prime minister said the industrial zoning and town planning were ignored in the past that had triggered pollution, dearth of basic amenities and other civic problems, a PM Office statement said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan advised the Punjab government to consider the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s model of industrial growth that had been very successful in the province. In a briefing given to him by secretary industries on the subject of Industrializing Punjab, the prime minister said the provincial government should take benefit from the database of Ehsaas programme for disbursement of the industrial loans.
Prime Minster Khan was briefed on development projects underway in the province by the Chief Minister and was also apprised with the performance of provincial ministers. The sources privy to the matter said PM Khan and Usman Buzdar’s one on one meeting is also expected after the briefing.
Prime Minister Khan was given a briefing here on the measures being taken by the Punjab government to uplift the agriculture sector, including the launch of agriculture credit card and internship scheme for graduates of the agriculture university. The briefing was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Noman Langrial, Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Industries Minister Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal, Advisor to Chief Minister Dr. Salman Shah, Chief Secretary Yousuf Nasim Khokhar and other senior officers. Special assistants to PM Naeem-ul-Haq and Nadeem Afzal Chan were also present.
The Prime Minister advised the Punjab government to consider the Khyber Pakhtun Khwa’s model of industrial growth that had been very successful in the province. Imran Khan said the provincial government should take benefit from the database of Ehsaas programme for disbursement of the industrial loans.
The briefing focused on the measures being taken by Punjab government for provision of jobs, ease of doing business, increasing the skilled workforce, interest-free loans, increasing ratio of low-markup loans to women, online portal for launch of business and establishment of special economic zones.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore on Thursday. Overall situation in the province and matters pertaining to development and public welfare were discussed in the meeting. Meanwhile, Governor Punjab Chaudhary Sarwar also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore today and discussed overall situation of the province.
Moreover, Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the Minawali Express today (Friday) at Mianwali railway station. PM Khan will inaugurate the Lahore-Mianwali bound train at Mianwali railway station and will also address the ceremony. The Minawali Express train will have the facility of air-conditioned coaches. The fare of AC coaches will be 800 rupees while for economy class the price of a ticket will be 350 rupees. The train would have 10 stops including Shahdara Bagh, Qila Sheikhpura, Sangla Hill, Chiniot, Shaheenabad, Sargodha, Khushab, Kundian, Mianwali and Daudkhel.

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