Multan: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for South Punjab Secretariat at a ceremony held at the Multan Circuit House, according to news sources.
Addressing the ceremony, PM Khan said that this development will enable rapid development in the region, and that the government will now make allocations to South Punjab in accordance with its size and population. The ceremony was attended by top government officials.
Moreover, PM Khan also distributed Kisan Cards at the Multan Sports Ground. He briefed the media about Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar’s Kisan Cards initiative for the small farmers in a bid to reduce poverty and bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
Furthermore, the PM said that the incumbent government is working to uplift the agriculture sector, boost the economy of farmers and transform agriculture into a modern era. He labelled that the prime objective of Kisan Cards is to get subsidies on agricultural inputs and agriculture loans through an electronic process. He also announced a development package worth PKR 300 billion for agriculture transformation and said that two new dams are being constructed, in addition to various smaller dams. He also announced that in order to reduce dependence on imports, Pakistan will cultivate Ispaghol, edible oil and other oilseed crops.
Highlighting the importance of the dairy industry, he said the government has allocated PKR 40 billion to uplift the livestock sector and increase milk production, which he says can earn up to USD 25 billion through exports. He also announced that the government is developing storage capacity to preserve fruits and vegetables.
CM Buzdar also announced that more than 38% of schools in South Punjab have been upgraded, whereas a development package worth PKR 34 billion for Multan has been announced. He said more than 100 projects will be completed under this package, whereas an additional PKR 787.2 million will be spent on Multan under the Local Government Development Programme.