Lahore: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has inaugurated Sehat Insaf Card Scheme for Pakpattan, Okara and Sahiwal, today. The Chief Minister also inaugurated seven mega projects of Rs80 crores including Police Complaint Cell, computerized driving licensing lab and Pukar, 15 control room for Sahiwal division. Sardar Usman Buzdar also announced three mega projects of Rs.1.19 billion including up-gradation districts headquarter hospital Sahiwal as teaching hospital. The chief minister, on arriving circuit house Sahiwal, inaugurated model cattle market of Chichawatni, reconstruction of Quaid-e-Azam cricket stadium and installation of floodlights, government boys degree college in Kameer, Municipal Committee office, provision of basic facilities in RHC and project of 60-bed tehsil headquarter hospital in Renalakhurd. The chief minister also planted a sapling under tree plantation campaign in circuit house and prayed for success of this campaign as well.
Later, the chief minister, while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Sehat Insaf Card for the three districts, said that people were deprived of quality health facilities in the past. Sehat Insaf Card would provide an opportunity to the white collar people to get free of cost treatment facility from the private hospitals in a dignified manner. Treatment, medicines and test facilities would be made available to the Sehat Insaf Card holders free of cost as the bill will be paid by the Punjab government. Travel expenditures would also be provided to the patients having Sehat Insaf Card as well. Sehat Insaf Card will provide treatment facilities and free follow up for 8 diseases to its holder free of cost. Sehat Insaf Card will also provide special treatment facilities to the mother and child. He said that 67 lakh families of 24 districts are getting benefits from Sehat Insaf Card. He said that Sehat Insaf Card have been given to 25 percent population of Sahiwal, 29 percent of okara and 27 percent population of Pakpattan. He said that more than 20 lakh people of Sahiwal division are getting Sehat Insaf Card. He further maintained that Sehat Insaf Card will be given to the government employees under a phased programme. Similarly, Sehat Insaf Card will be distributed among Ulema, Mashaikh, Khateeb and students of seminaries, as well. He said that setting up of computerized driving licensing lab, Pukar 15 and control room in Sahiwal will provide relief to the people. He said that establishing police complaint cell will help to resolve public complaints regarding policed besides maintaining law & order in the division. The chief minister said that 7 development projects have been inaugurated at a cost of Rs80 crore for Sahiwal division. He said model cattle market has been constructed at a sum of Rs29.3 crore in Chichawatni. Similarly, Rs4.26 crore has been spent on the installation of floodlights in Quaid-e-Azam cricket stadium Sahiwal. The construction project of government boys degree college in Kameer has been completed with a sum of Rs11.8 crore. Office of Kameer Municipal Committee has been constructed with Rs.1 crore. Necessary facilities will be provided in RHC Kameer at the cost of Rs1.67 crore. Tehsil headquarter hospital in Renalakhurd has been completed with Rs18.61 crore. Usman Buzdar said that 316 projects of worth Rs68 billion have been included in ADP for Sahiwal. Funds for ongoing development projects in Sahiwal would be provided on a priority basis. The chief minister further maintained that three mega projects for Sahiwal are being completed at a cost of Rs7.19 billion. District headquarter hospital will be awarded status of teaching hospital which will cost Rs6 billion. Dual carriageway from Arifwala to Bahawalnagar will be constructed with the amount of Rs.67 crore whereas Arifwala bypass, bypass from N-5 Royal Hotel to Sarwar Chowk will be constructed with an amount of Rs.43 crore. Fifty crore saplings would be planted under Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme. He said that the only plantation is not enough but proper care of plants is essential. He said that he has firm belief that enlightened citizens of Sahiwal will actively participate in the plantation campaign and play their due role for making our motherland clean and green. The chief minister also distributed Sehat Insaf Cards among the citizens of Sahiwal, Pakpattan and Okara. The ceremony was also addressed by Provincial Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid and Secretary Health. Provincial Ministers Dr Akhtar Malik, Noman Langrial, Ijaz Alam, secretaries and concerned officers were present on the occasion.
Earlier the chief minister held a meeting with journalists at the Circuit House, Sahiwal and listened to their demands and proposals. The chief minister assured the journalists that the demand of the journalists’ colony will be given a sympathetic consideration. A policy is being considered to set up journalist colony at every division. Good news will be brought to the journalists at the next visit of Sahiwal. The commissioner should locate land for the journalists’ colony in Sahiwal and present a report. The commissioner Sahiwal and other concerning officials were also present on the occasion. The chief minister also visited the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant and planted a sapling there. The chief minister was told in the briefing on the generation and supply of electricity from the plant that the plant has generated 19.6 billion kilowatts of electricity. The chief minister praised the power generation and environment-friendly measures. The Punjab government will continue cooperation for the coal power plant under the CPEC because this is symbol of Pak-China friendship. He visited various parts of the plant. He also inspected emitting of steam from the cooling tower of the plant. The chief minister also inspected the ponding area of the plant. He went to the control room of the plant and reviewed the power generation process. Punjab Energy Minister Dr Akhtar Malik and other concerned officers were also present on the occasion.