Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Aashiyana Housing Schemes have been launched for low-income families and the dream of labourers, farmers, destitute, orphans and widows has been materialised through these schemes. He said that better facilities than residential colonies of ministers and officers are being provided in the Aashiyana housing schemes as the neglected segments of society have also full right on government resources.
He said that besides Lahore, work has also been started on Aashiyana project in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Chiniot, Kasur and Bahawalpur. He was presiding over a high-level meeting held to review the progress on the Aashiyana Housing Project, here on Saturday. Senator Ishaq Dar, Vice Chairman Punjab Land Development Company Sheikh Allauddin, MPA Mian Naseer, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretary Finance, Commissioner Lahore Division, Member Board of Revenue, District Co-ordination Officer Lahore, Chief Executive Officer PLDC and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the Punjab government is utilising all the resources of the province for the welfare of the masses and improving their living standards. He said that the Aashiyana Housing Project is such an excellent welfare programme of the Punjab government due to which the best residential facilities are being made available to the low-income people. He said that welfare projects like the Aashiyana housing project, are an important step towards making the country a welfare state in accordance with the ideals of Quaid and Iqbal. The Chief Minister said that the houses in Aashiyana are being allotted to the deserving persons on merit through transparent computerised balloting and a committee headed by former Justice Aamir Raza has been constituted for this purpose. He said that the provision of houses to very low income persons on low price and soft terms was his mission. Shahbaz Sharif said that facilities of Rescue-1122, fire-brigade, sports complex, schools, hospital and jogging track are also being provided in the Aashiyana housing schemes. He said that such persons can submit their applications for the allotment of houses in the Aashiyana housing schemes whose monthly income is less than Rs 30 thousand. He said that application forms are being provided free of cost. The Chief Minister directed that the services of pre-qualified consultant should be acquired for carrying out work in the Aashiyana housing schemes and approval of all matters should be sought in the meeting of the Board of Directors. He said that the basic purpose of the Aashiyana housing scheme is to provide shelter to the homeless families and that is why the cost of houses has been kept low and facility of payment on easy instalments has also been provided. Shahbaz Sharif while directing that the pace of work be further speeded up in the Aashiyana housing schemes, said that steps should also be taken for the transparent auction of commercial plots in these schemes and the committee headed by former Justice Aamir Raza should monitor the process of auctioning. Chief Executive Officer Punjab Land Development Company informed about the progress on the Aashiyana Housing Project.