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LAHORE (92 News) – The World Bank Group led by Country Director Naji Benhasin met Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi at the Chief Minister’s office.
Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in various fields. A detailed discussion was held on the WB-assisted social and infrastructural development program of the province. The country director pledged to promote cooperation in education, health, family planning, irrigation, agriculture and construction of small dams, while also providing $35 million to the Punjab government for cash transfers to flood victims.
Chief Minister Pervez Elahi said that $35 million will be linked to the Punjab EHSAS scheme and distributed to flood victims. “I have a long-standing relationship with the World Bank. With WB support, beneficial reforms were introduced in education and health, and education reforms were universally agreed upon,” he said, adding that the government wants to resume this collaboration.
The Chief Minister mentioned that his government had announced free education till graduation. “Meanwhile, permission has been given to appoint temporary doctors and other staff in the health department, free distribution of medicines in emergency departments in hospitals. Similarly, special medical camps have been set up in flood-affected areas to prevent epidemics. A plan for rehabilitation has been drawn up,” he added.
He said full attention is being paid to save water by building dams. “We will welcome the World Bank’s collaboration with the Punjab government at all levels. The province will move forward by accepting short- and long-term collaboration with the World Bank,” he added.
The Chief Minister observed that there is a need to formulate a multi-pronged strategy in the context of climate change. “Water conservation projects will be initiated to save flood and rainwater.”
C “The World Bank will continue to work in close coordination with the Punjab government,” he added.