LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said revolutionary reforms are being introduced in education and health sectors.

He was presiding over a meeting which was participated by a World Bank delegation led by Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan yesterday. The meeting reviewed progress of programmes continuing with the cooperation of World Bank in education, health and other sectors in the province.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that the World Bank was an important partner of the Punjab government with regard to improvement of social sectors and with its cooperation. Several programmes were running successfully for providing the best facilities to people of the provinc, he added.

“The role of the World Bank is commendable for improvement of social sectors in Punjab,” the CM told the delegation.

He further said that the amount of scholarship had been increased to one thousand rupees per month for girl students of class six to 10 in 16 districts of the province, and the districts of south Punjab had been given priority in this programme.

Shehbaz Sharif said nutrition programme was of vital importance to eliminate malnutrition among children and added that the cooperation of the World Bank was welcomed in this regard.

Country Director World Bank Patchamuthu Illangovan, while speaking on the occasion, said that the investment of billions of rupees in the programme of provision of clean drinking water by the Punjab government augers well. Setting up of Punjab Social Protection Authority was an excellent step of the Punjab government, he added.

Programme Leader World Bank Dr Inamul Haq gave a briefing regarding important features of nutrition programme in connection with removing malnutrition among children.

Provincial Ministers Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Mian Yawar Zaman, Ch. Muhammad Shafiq, Advisors Kh. Salman Rafique, Dr Ijaz Nabi, Chief Secretary, Chairman Bank of Punjab, Chairman Planning & Development, secretaries and senior officers of departments were also present.

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