ISLAMABAD: After refuting Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhy’s claim that Punjab had not spent enough cash on advancement ventures, Provincial Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on January 19 said Rs178 billion were used under the Annual Development Program and Rs42 billion under open private organization, the most noteworthy in the initial two fourth of the financial year during the most recent five years.
Replying to a question during a press conference at the Rawalpindi Press Club on Sunday, Mr Chohan said: “Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry is a respectable minister but sometimes he makes emotional statements and claimed that Punjab had spent only Rs77 billion so far in development works. However being the information minister and provincial government’s spokesperson I would like to clear the facts that he (Fawad) presented wrong figures of development works.”
He said in Punjab, tax collection rate was 104pc, and 35pc of the total development budget was being spent on south Punjab.
About wheat flour emergency, the pastor guaranteed that there was no emergency in Punjab and the commonplace government was endeavoring to guarantee accessibility of wheat flour to all marketplaces. Naming it a connivance against the incumbent PTI government, he said the emergency was made to give an awful name to PTI governments in the inside and Punjab yet Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar conquered the emergency without sitting around idly.
“Action had been taken against 376 flour mills in the province, and licences of 15 flour mills and the quota of 170 flour mills were cancelled. The government imposed a fine amounting to Rs95 million on flour mills. District food controllers of Gujranwala and Sialkot and Vehari’s deputy director food had been suspended,” he added.
About significant hike in the price of wheat flour in the market, he said there were two kinds of wheat flour accessible in the market – private factories (Chaki) sold flour at a more significant expense as they didn’t purchase wheat from the government, while the flour mills sold wheat flour at authentic rates given by the government. Answering to a question, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan said Kashmir issue was sidelined by the media due to Maulana Fazlur Rahman who had harmed Kashmir issue and redirected attention to his dharna (Sit in protest) two months back.
“But even then, Prime Minister Imran Khan did not leave the Kashmir issue unattended and raised it at the national and international forums. Due to his diplomatic efforts China also sought an explanation from India on the situation in Kashmir,” he said.
“The lockdown continues in India-held Kashmir and human rights are being severely violated, which is being protested by the people of Pakistan as well as the world,” he added.
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