Lahore: CHIEF Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that lawyers are in the forefront for the dispensation of justice to people and it is the duty of the government to fulfil their needs. He agreed with the proposals of the Lahore High Court Bar President for establishing a housing scheme for it members besides financial support to the Bar to meet its expenses.He was holding a meeting with the office-bearers of the LHCBA’s Executive Committee, led by its President Mian Abdul Qadus, at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Monday.

The CM said a committee, headed by Punjab law minister, should review the proposals in consultation with the office-bearers of the Bar and present its recommendations within seven days for their speedily implementation. He said plots should be allotted to only those lawyers in the housing scheme who did not own a house. He said the government would provide land for the housing scheme for lawyers and carry out the development work. He said it might not be possible to allot plots to all the members of the Bar, therefore, the allotment would be done through balloting in the first phase. He also issued directions for immediate measures for the expansion of Lahore High Court Bar Hall, adding that setting up an IT lab in the Bar would also be considered.

Shahbaz said provision of prompt and inexpensive justice to people was the top priority of the Punjab government as no society could flourish without justice. He said the struggle and sacrifices made by lawyers for the supremacy of justice and restoration of judiciary were a golden chapter of the national history. He said the basic aim of providing assistance to bar associations and lawyers should be provision of quick and inexpensive justice to people and the Punjab government would provide all possible assistance in this regard.

The chief minister said the Punjab government was working on low-cost housing schemes and the Punjab Land Development Company had been set up for this purpose. He said a quota had also been reserved for the deserving, including widows, in the schemes. Regarding free medical facility, the CM said the Punjab government had taken revolutionary steps for improvement of health sector and free medicines, dialysis facility and modern diagnostic equipments had been provided in hospitals.

Source: The News