A Glorious Example of National Integrity Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has always given a practical demonstration of his knowledge friendly nature by working tirelessly for the progress of educational sector.
The laudable steps taken by Shahbaz Sharif and his government for the uplift of the student community have no parallel in the country’s history. These steps include distribution of cash prizes among position holders in matriculation and intermediate examinations, study tours of renowned British and other European universities, distribution of laptops, Shahbaz Sharif Scholarship Programme, Danish schools, computer labs, and promotion of Information Technology. Instead of confining the educational resources of Punjab to the students of the same province, Shahbaz Sharif has enabled the students of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and other three provinces as well, to benefit from them. According to him, Pakistan does not merely consist of Punjab, it also includes Sindh, Balochistan, KPk, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan. For the welfare of the youth community of Punjab, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced a historic and comprehensive Youth Policy 2012, which includes distribution of laptops among intelligent students, reservation of 15 per cent seats for women in government jobs, setting up of Women Employment Fund, Internship Programme for 50,000 graduates of Punjab, Full Bright Scholarship Programme for 500 students studying at various universities of the province, setting up of Sports Fund with a sum of two billion rupees, the start of Youth Tractor Scheme for the students who have completed their studies at Agriculture University and the start of Youth Scud Programme in south Punjab. This year too, like previous years, at an impressive ceremony held at the Chief Minister House. A special feature of this ceremony was that besides the top position holders of Punjab, the students of Balochistan, KPk and other regions of the country were also given prizes as a reward for their hard work. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said, ‘If public service projects are a sin, I am determined to repeat this sin a hundred times for the poor people of my country.’
The fact is that those who criticise the public welfare schemes, do not like that the poor of the country should also enjoy better facilities and good life style.
Addressing the function, the chief minister further remarked, ‘Pakistan is facing some of the worst challenges. The plunderous activities of ‘Ali Baba and Forty Thieves’ have brought the country’s economy to the brink of disaster. For the last 65 years, the country has been under the rule of aristocrats, who have been enjoying all the blessings and luxuries of life, while the poor are still deprived of even the basic facilities of life.’
Talking about the Metro Bus Service Project, he said, ’28 billion rupees are being spent on this project, which would provide swift means of transport to the people. The federal government has not given us even a single penny for this project, but we are still working on it, depending solely and wholly on the resources of Punjab.’
Referring to the dengue, he said, ‘Last year, Punjab had to face the worst outbreak of dengue epidemic. Politicians, government officials and people belonging to all segments of society worked day and night and saved thousands of lives; and by the grace of God, the situation is well under control this year.’
Earlier, the chief minister distributed prizes among the position holders. He announced to give a house in Ashiana Scheme to Muhammad Naeem, belonging to a village in Pak Patan, who got first position in Multan Board. The chief minister offered that if Naeem was not interested in getting a house in Ashiana Scheme, he could have a new house in Pak- patan. It should be remembered that Naeem comes of a very poor family and his house has been damaged in the recent rains.
Sunena Meer, who obtained first position in Karakoram International University Board in Gilgit-Baltistan, remarked that the efforts being made by the Punjab chief minister are contributing to the promotion of education in her region. She thanked him for increasing the number of seats for the students of Gilgit-Baltistan in the Engineering Universities and Medical colleges of Punjab. According to her, the chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan should learn from the Punjab chief minister, how to work for the promotion of education. Expressing her opinion, Hamna Arshad, who has stood first in KPk, appreciated the extraordinary efforts of the Punjab chief minister for the progress of education. ‘The way in which he has gathered the intelligent students from all over the country under one roof, proves the fact that he wants to see a progressive and prosperous Pakistan, free from all troubles.’
Urooj Mustafa, the top position holder in Federal Board complained that in spite of her getting first position, she was not contacted or encouraged by any official of her region and thus, she was highly grateful to the Punjab chief minister for inviting her to Lahore and encouraging her. She advised the young students to fully benefit from the scholarships provided by the Punjab Chief Minister and put the country on the path to progress.
A poor boy Muhammad Naeem, who has stood first in Multan Board, thanked the Chief Minister for opening the doors of the CM House to the impoverished students like him. He prayed for a long life for the Chief Minister. Saeed Anwar, who has topped in the seventh class examination in Danish Schools, was specially invited to attend the ceremony.