State owned properties to be utilized for public welfare: PM

Imran Khan for provision of essential items at Utility Stores

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that the present government will utilise income from the state-owned properties for the welfare of masses.
He announced that the income generated from the government-owned properties will be spent on employment and improvement in economic purposes.
The Premier made the announcement while chairing a high-level session held to get a briefing on utilising Punjab’s government land for public welfare projects.
The session was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, federal law minister Farogh Naseem, Punjab Minister for Cooperatives Mehar Muhammad Aslam Bharwana, Punjab’s law minister Raja Basharat, provincial chief secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar and other senior officers.
A briefing was given to PM Khan over the government properties under the supervision of Punjab Cooperative Board For Liquidation (PCBL).
The officials apprised PM Khan that PCBL owned 293 properties, whereas, 98 properties including agriculture, commercial and residential sites are available for auction which worth trillions. The officials detailed that the cases are under proceeding in different courts regarding the other properties. The provincial board retrieved the properties by the new administration of PBCL within six months.
PM Khan said that a bigger share of the economy and resources is spent on the payment of foreign loans. He termed it criminal negligence by the previous government for not utilising the state-owned properties for public welfare.
He directed PBCL and law ministers to take all the necessary steps. The premier said that difficult decisions are crucial for the betterment in the national economy and the steps are bringing positive results now. He added that the government will have to increase efforts for further improvements in the economy besides providing relief to the nationals.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed the government commitment to fully utilize the state owned properties for the welfare of the masses.
He said that the income to be generated from the dead assets will be used to speed up the economic activity and creation of job opportunities.
The Prime Minister directed the Punjab Cooperative Board for Liquidation to expedite efforts for the early disposal of cases pertaining to its properties.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, while chairing another meeting regarding price control and availability of daily use items, said it is our responsibility to ensure availability of food items in market and to control its prices so that people with less income can run their houses easily.
He said it is the state’s responsibility to ensure that no one goes hungry. Various proposals were presented in the meeting about abundant availability of daily-use essential items like flour, ghee, sugar, pulses and rice as well as to bring their prices down.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar presented various proposals regarding provision of essential items to low-income and downtrodden people under the Ehsaas Programme.
Chairman Utility Stores Corporation Zulkarnain presented proposals about network of the utility stores in the country and bringing reduction in prices of essential items.
He said the utility stores had 4000 outlets throughout the country which could play vital role in availability of essential items in abundance and to bring reduction in its prices.
Minister for Communications Murad Saeed proposed that besides 4,000 outlets of utility stores, officers of the Pakistan Post in far-flung areas of the country could also be utilized for this purpose.
Meanwhile, a delegation led by Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr. Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE KSG, Chairman Nishkam Group of Charitable Organizations called on Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The SAPM for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari was also present during the meeting. Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh thanked the Prime Minister for the landmark decision of the Government of Pakistan to open Kartarpur Corridor and facilitate Sikh community across the world in visiting their holy place.
He evinced keen interest in infrastructure development projects especially building rest houses in Nanakana Sahib and Kartarpur Corridor. The Prime Minister welcomed the interest of the visiting delegation.

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