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Aashiyana Scheme to have quota for orphans and widows: CM

LAHORE – The Aashiyana Housing Scheme will have a special quota for orphans, widows, disabled and families of martyrs, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday. He was chairing a meeting of Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) Board of Directors (BoD) at the CM’s Secretariat.

Shahbaz says project will realise poor people’s dream of having their own house

The meeting reviewed in detail pace of progress of the Aashiyana Housing Scheme for low-income people. Shahbaz said that the Punjab government has launched the Aashiyana Housing Scheme for benefit of low-income people of the province and an autonomous company has been set up for this purpose. He said that under the Aashiyana Housing Scheme, houses would be provided to low-income people at reasonable rates and availability of all necessary facilities would be ensured.

The CM said that all residential schemes under the Aashiyana Housing Scheme would be completed in a transparent manner and houses would be allotted through balloting. Shahbaz said that the Aashiyana Housing Scheme is a welfare project of the Punjab government and would translate dreams of low-income people of having their own house into reality. He said that like other projects, transparency would be ensured at all costs in the housing scheme.
Shahbaz said that the BoD should select well-reputed companies for these projects, which could execute these schemes on time and ensure high standards of construction. The CM said that besides Lahore, projects would also be started under the Aashiyana Housing Scheme in other districts of the province and suitable locations are being identified for this purpose.

He said that all out efforts would be made for early implementation of the Aashiyana Housing Scheme and the board would have complete authority to take any decision in this regard. Separately, US Lahore Consul General Carmella Conroy called on Shahbaz and discussed matters of mutual interest. Pace of implementation of ongoing projects under the US AID programme was also reviewed in the meeting.

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