LAHORE – The government has decided in principle to launch a low-cost housing scheme for the shelterless people and the project will be formally initiated after its finalisation within a few days.

State land would also be distributed among the landless farmers, agri and veterinary graduates in a transparent manner. And for this purpose land has been identified in as many as 21 districts of the province. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif stated this during a briefing to the PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif regarding public welfare projects in the province at the CM Secretariat here on Monday.

Opposition Leader in National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Members National Assembly Muhammad Mehtab Abbasi, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Ministers, Members Provincial Assembly and senior officers attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister said that all-out resources were being utilised on the development projects and their early completion to the benefit of the masses was being ensured in addition to providing them basic amenities. Besides that, he said, the government was paying special attention to the uplift of education, health, agriculture, infrastructure and other sectors. He said that the government was also working on low- cost housing schemes for the poor. He said that various models of such schemes had been reviewed in detail and in the light of these models, the scheme would soon be initiated under public-private partnership.

He said that the scheme would be started as pilot project in some districts and later its scope would be extended throughout the province. He said that besides low-cost housing scheme, construction of multi-storey buildings would also be considered. He said that a high-level committee had been set up to finalise details regarding low-cost housing schemes which would submit its report within ten days after keeping in view all aspects of the project.

He said that houses would be distributed in the low-cost housing schemes through balloting in a transparent manner.

Source: The Nation