LAHORE:01 January : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of resources to equip the youth with modern education was a beneficial investment and the resources provided for this purpose would have positive and far-reaching effects on the future of the nation.
Presiding over a high-level meeting held at Model Town to review various programmes launched for the welfare and betterment of the youth, the Chief Minister said that the Punjab government had adopted a solid strategy for the provision of modern education to the young generation and 1.25 lakh laptops were distributed among the talented students purely on merit across the province last year, while during the ongoing year more than one lakh laptops would be distributed out of which 22 thousand had already been given away. The Chief Minister announced including PhD teachers of government universities, colleges and schools in the laptops scheme and said that teachers played a vital role in the society; therefore, inclusion of PhD teachers in the laptop scheme would enhance their capacity. He said that more laptops would be given to girl and boy students of religious seminaries.
Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the youth was a ray of hope for Pakistan; therefore, the Punjab government had launched revolutionary programmes worth billions of rupees for their welfare and betterment, and all these programmes were being implemented in a transparent manner. Mentioning programmes in various fields launched for the practical training of the youth, he said that the internship programme was continuing successfully and fifty thousand youth were getting Rs.10 thousand per month stipend under this programme. The Chief Minister ordered that internees should be provided professional training in private institutions besides government departments. He said that the programme for the training of internees should be improved further because the internship programme had been launched to provide professional experience to the youth for practical life and internship letters had been issued to forty thousand internees so far. The Chief Minister further said that special attention should be paid during the implementation of internship programme that girl and boy students were fully equipped to face the future challenges.
Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the country could be made self-sufficient in the agriculture sector by promoting agriculture economy on solid and sustainable foundations, and for this reason the Punjab government had launched a scheme to provide green tractors to the young farmers at subsidized rates and soft terms so that they could bring betterment in the agriculture sector. He said that in the green tractors scheme more quota for South Punjab districts had been earmarked in relation to population. He expressed satisfaction that more than nine thousand tractors had been distributed among farmers while 48 tractors had been allocated for the young farmers belonging to tribal areas of Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. He said that the Punjab government was pursuing programmes launched for the youth in a transparent manner and the government had not only given rights to the youth but also empowered them.F.P. Report.