LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that though modern residential colonies had been set up for the elite and senior officers during the 63 years history of Pakistan but it is the first time that Punjab government has launched Aashiyana Housing Scheme for the poor such as labourers, cart-pushers, cultivators, widows, orphans and the common man and thereby realized their dream of having their own house.
He said that work was in progress expeditiously on Aashiyana Housing Schemes in Lahore, Jhelum, Sahiwal, Faisalabad and Sargodha while such housing schemes will also be launched in 16 more districts this year for which land has been identified. He said that the scope of this project will be extended to 36 districts of the province under a phased programme.
He was addressing a meeting on the occasion of his visit to the first under-construction Aashiyana Housing Project at Saroba Atari in the provincial metropolis and while talking to media-men on Sunday.
Chairman Punjab Land Development Company and Member Provincial Assembly Sheikh Allauddin, elected representatives, Chairman Planning & Development, Additional Chief Secretary, Secretary Communication & Works, Director General Punjab Horticulture Authority as well as Commissioner and District Coordination Officer Lahore were present on the occasion.
The CM said that in accordance with the vision of Quaid PML-N, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Punjab government had launched Aashiyana Housing Schemes, having modern residential facilities, for the poor, workers, cultivators and the common man. He said that PML-N had translated the dream of the common man to have a house with all basic amenities into reality. He said that it is lamentable that while the rich have all the privileges at the doorstep of their mansions, the common man is deprived even of basic facilities.
Shahbaz said that Aashiyana Housing Schemes were meant for those who had rendered sacrifices for Pakistan, played an important role for the development of the country and earning their livelihood through honest means, therefore, he was personally supervising these schemes. He said that all amenities as were available in the residential colonies of the elite and senior officers will be provided in Aashiyana Housing Schemes.