Govt. Policies -
LAHORE : Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led Punjab government is all set to allocate an amount of Rs 8 billion in the budget 2009-10 for 'Sasti Roti Scheme.' Sources in the PML-N told Business Recorder that Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has already asked the authorities concerned to take effective steps to streamline 'Sasti Roti Scheme' so that poor people may get benefit from it.
In this regard, 'mohallah' committees are being set up to ensure the implementation of scheme in an effective manner. Further, the government is also setting up mechanical tandoors in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Faisalabad. It may be mentioned that 12, 000 tandoors are functioning at present in Punjab for supplying sasti Roti. The government intends to involve civil society, philanthropists, chambers of commerce and industry, teachers, retired government officers, social workers and public-spirited persons in this programme.
The second provincial budget of the PML-N led coalition government for the year 2009-2010 is being presented in the Punjab assembly on Tuesday (today) for which all the arrangements have been finalised. The sources claimed that the PML-N government has planned to double the existing number of tandoors so that maximum number of deserving persons could get benefit from 'Sasti Roti Scheme.'
It may be noted that the Punjab government at the behest of Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, has launched this scheme for destitute, which is first time in the country's history that is being implemented successfully. In this connection, tandoors of Sasti Roti are established in poor localities, katchi abadies, industrial areas, hospitals, railway stations and bus stands.
The sources further said the PML-N government attaches top priority to the provision of health, education and other basic facilities to the masses. The focus of the government policies is public welfare through provision of maximum relief to them, the sources added.