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Punjab releases Rs47b for uplift projects

LAHORE:

The Punjab government has released Rs47 billion earmarked for 3,605 projects under the district development programme for fiscal year 2021-22.
The release of funds is part of the district development package of Rs360 billion announced earlier this year by the chief minister of Punjab under the balanced district development strategy to address grievances of all districts, according to a press statement released on Tuesday.
Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht said that the provincial government was pursuing a development agenda based on equitable growth in all districts throughout the province.
“The district development programme is at the core of addressing inequality of opportunities for the less developed districts not only in terms of social inclusion, but also to bring them at par with the rest of the province,” he said, adding that urban centres were not discriminated against as Lahore received 234 projects under the programme.
Out of the top 10 districts with the highest number of uplift projects, seven were from south Punjab.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2021.
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