April 13, 2008

‘Lavish spendings’ of ex-CM unveiled

Filed under: NEW GOVERNMENT AFTER MARCH 24-2008 — civilsocietypakistan @ 1:07 am
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APRIL 13, 2008

our Staff Reporter
LAHORE-The new Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa on Saturday announced to convert Chief Minister’s Secretariat at 8-Club Road into IT university for women, put an end to VIP culture forever and to take to task those who looted national exchequer for their lavish spendings.
He expressed these views while addressing his first Press conference at CM Secretariat at 8-Club Road.
He vowed to end all major crisis including atta shortage, saying ‘though we inherited the crisis but being public-sponsored govt we will overcome them in a befitting manner’.
Khosa also announced that he would use the building of 90 Shahra-i-Quaid-i-Azam as CM house cutting its budget to 70 per cent forthwith.
He said that his govt would adopt simplicity instead of extravagance. A large number of PML-N MPAs-elect, leaders and workers were present on the occasion. Later, he took mediamen alongwith him to pay a complete visit of the CM Secretariat.
He informed them in detail about the lavish spendings on the CM Secretariat by former ruling party. He said that the money wasted on the construction and decoration of the CM Secretariat, could have changed the fate of the people. He said ‘we have put the hard facts before the masses’. ‘Now it is their responsibility to initiate accountability process in a greater national interest’, he added.
Dost Muhammad Khosa said that former rulers got the CM Secretariat built on 17.7 kanal land at the cost of Rs 1.35 billion. He said that decoration of building cost Rs 119 million, bullet proof window panes cost Rs 1.4 million, garden maintenance cost Rs 120 million, tiles and marbles cost Rs 30 million. He said that former Chief Minister Punjab Ch Pervaiz Elahi fixed Rs 4 million on the name of annual repair and maintenance of the building.
He said that former rulers bought bullet proof car spending Rs 489 million while ex-CM got installed 98 cameras and appointed 460 security personnel for his own security.
He said that the total strength of the CM Secretariat stood at 894 and most of the employees hailed from one district.
On a question that what treatment will be meted out to employees of CM Secretariat after the establishment of IT institution, he said that viable strategy would be adopted in this regard.
He said that former CM has to give answer of each penny spent lavishly. He said ‘we would provide facts and figures to the authorities concerned soon’.
He said that process of fair accountability has started and it would continue until looted money was brought back to national kitty.
He said that it happened first time in the history that a CM spent Rs 100 million annually in the name of funds which never were audited. He said that Rs. 470 million was squandered in the name of same fund during five years.
Replying a question, he said that coalition govt believed in 24 hours service of people. He said that former govt gave innumerable crisis like power loadshedding, atta shortage, joblessness and price-hike.
He said that ‘we are not blaming the former govt for nothing neither we are involved in political victimisation and character assassination’.
‘We are talking about ground realities which would be brought into the notice of the masses for the true accountability’, he added.
He said ‘we would come up to the expectations of the masses and fulfil the promises rather than beating about the bush’.
He said that a strategy has been evolved to check the atta crisis. He said that with his oath-taking, VIP culture has taken its last breath and neither road would be closed for traffic to pave way for VIP movement nor people would have to wait for hours for clearance of road.
He said that those close circuit cameras installed for ex-CM security would be placed at public places for the better security of the people.


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