Govt to restore 1973 Constitution: PM
LAHORE – Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged the PPP workers to adopt a reconciliatory policy in the best interest of the country.
He stated this while addressing the party workers, office-bearers, party ticket-holders and former councillors after a meeting of Lahore Division office-bearers at State Guest House here on Saturday.
He also announced formation of a committee comprising three senior ministers to reduce overlapping in the Federal Ministries.
He cited the example of Labour Ministry, Women Development Ministry and Welfare Ministry whose work overlapped regarding the Jahez Fund.
He further said that the govt was contemplating a policy to ensure smooth sugar supply, adding ‘the step is being taken to avoid sugar crisis in future.’ He said that the govt would supply sugar in special bazaars to provide commodities to the poor people at low rates next year.
Gilani said katchi abadis would be regularised as their residents were poor and facing problems.
Regarding the Benazir Income Support Programme, he said a door-to-door poverty survey was being made in the country to ensure use of funds in a transparent manner.
‘The survey has been completed in 60 districts of the country and it will be saved by NADRA,’ he added. He said 25-million NICs would be issued free to new voters before the next elections. Gilani said that PPP was the founder of 1973 Constitution and it was also the responsibility of the party to make amendments to restore it to its original form and the Constitutional Reforms Committee was already working on it.
Government was also taking a number of steps to ensure good governance in the country, he added. The Prime Minister reiterated to run the party in line with the vision and mission of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.
He lauded the contribution of workers to bring the PPP to power and said it was the responsibility of the leadership to strengthen the party and provide relief to the workers.
He said that conventions of party workers were being held in divisions after provincial level to organise the party at grassroots level.
Gilani said the leadership would make all-out efforts for the welfare of the party within available resources.
He said that the Government was acting on policies aimed at the welfare of the masses and development of the country.
He said that the purpose of addressing the nation on every first Friday of each month was to keep the people aware of the challenges taking place in world that he ,added, would also help in bringing the party’s point of view in the lime light. PPP has deep roots in all the four provinces including Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, Gilani said.
He said he would also call the workers in the Prime Minister’s House to discuss party matters ,adding, forums and seminars would be arranged in the country to make the party more disciplined to transfer it to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
PPP leadership was well aware of public problems, including poverty and unemployment, he said. He said that foreign investors were watching the law and order situation in the country and waiting for improvement in it, adding, ‘even then, investment is pouring in due to the far-sighted policy of the PPP-led government’. He said that it was the credit of the PPP that it had united the nation against terrorism and the world acknowledged the great achievement in this regard.
Source: The Nation