Tuesday Jun 30, 2020
LAHORE: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar approved the setting up of a South Punjab secretariat on Tuesday, in a move that is expected to pave the way for the creation of the new province.
According to details, the headquarters for the police bureaucracy will be set up in Multan, whereas the civil bureaucracy’s headquarters will be established in Bahawalpur.
A few weeks ago, the chief minister had already approved the appointment of an additional chief secretary and additional inspector general (IG) for South Punjab.
“PTI is on its way to fulfilling its major promise by setting up a South Punjab secretariat,” said Buzdar. He added that the office will help resolve people's problems at their doorsteps.
Earlier this month, the chief minister had issued the notification for the appointment of additional chief secretary and additional inspector general of police for South Punjab.
At the time, Buzdar had said that new postings would be carried out soon, adding that the officials would dispense their duties from July 1. Due to the measures taken by the government, the sense of deprivation is ending in the people of Punjab, he had said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said last month that a secretariat would be set up for the South Punjab province and that Rs3.5 billion had been allocated for this purpose.
Qureshi had previously stated that the ruling PTI will table a bill in the National Assembly for the creation of the South Punjab province.