STAFF REPORT LHR:  The Punjab government has announced to provide solar home panels at a cost of Rs2 billion while sewing machines worth Rs1 billion will be distributed among skilled women.

“These revolutionary programmes, initiated at a cost of billions of rupees for the youth in the province, are yielding positive results,” said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while chairing a high-level meeting in Lahore.

He said programmes such as green tractors scheme, laptops, self-employment scheme, buses for colleges, solar panels and bio-gas pilot project had been initiated during the current year.

On the occasion, he also issued instructions to accelerate the pace of implementation of youth programmes. He said that 20,000 tractors would be given under the Green Tractor Scheme involving Rs 4 billion. He said the balloting process for the scheme would be computerized and transparent while parliamentarians and government servants are not eligible to apply.

“The process of distribution of more than 0.1 million laptops among boy and girl students is also being started and students of evening classes will also be given laptops,” the Secretary Agriculture informed the meeting.

The chief minister directed the authorities concerned that the laptops should be of the latest model and the boy and girl students of seminaries and vocational institutions should also be included in the scheme.

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