Pakistan got opportunity to host International Environment Day due to personal interest of Imran Khan, Mohammad Rizwan working very hard for improving environment: Ch Parvez Elahi

There is need for improving environment at district and tehsil levels, during our tenure 97% development budget was utilized, only 45% utilization by Shehbaz Sharif and present government it is difficult to start new projects, Speaker Punjab Assembly’s address at International Environment Day function

World Bank not only praised people’s welfare projects of 2003 but also provided funds for continuation of projects, Mohammad Rizwan, Zahid Hussain, Mehtab Waseem and Suhail Ali Naqi also addressed the function

Lahore: 05-06-2021: Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvez Elahi has said that Pakistan has got the opportunity to host the International Environment Day due to personal interest of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Prime Minister started work under the name of Billion Tree Tsunami, present government is moving forward with his pledge, Provincial Environment Department has started work under leadership of our party’s Minister Mohammad Rizwan with Rs 5 billion, thinking and vision of Imran Khan will help in improving the environment.

He said this while speaking at a function in connection with the international day hosted by Provincial Environment Minister Mohammad Rizwan here today (Saturday).

Ch Parvez Elahi said that as Chief Minister Punjab had started the journey of progress in 2003, during our five years GDP growth was 8% and Pakistan’s growth rate was 7.3% which has never happened in the history. He said that our peoples welfare projects were made victims of delay by Shehbaz Sharif, delaying tactics were used in many such works like Rescue 1122, Punjab Assembly’s new building, Wazirabad Cardiology, Special Education, patrolling posts which were for welfare of common poor man, IT Department was established for the first time in Punjab, during our tenure 97% development budget was utilized for the first time and World Bank also not only praised our programs but also provided funds for their continuation, Shehbaz Government had utilized 45% of development budget, present government has also done the same due to which starting of new projects are facing difficulties.

He said that there is a need for starting work for improving the environment at district and tehsil levels because 67.5% of the population lives in rural areas, providing clean air to the society is the responsibility of the government, the present government is working on it.

Thanking Ch Parvez Elahi, Minister for Environment Mohammad Rizwan said that Prime Minister Imran Khan deserves congratulations for getting opportunity to host International Environment Day in Pakistan f for the first time, I belong to Pakistan Muslim League, Ch Parvez Elahi and Moonis Elahi had identified the utility of environment eleven years back from now and started work on it, benefitting from this experiment we are now able to understand the utility of environment. He said that the previous government could not do anything for the betterment of the environment, for this every person will have to come forward.

On this occasion Secretary Environment Zahid Hussain said that the process of progress had started in 2003, from 2003 to 2008 Punjab had made tremendous progress, we are moving forward taking this mission along.

Director General Environment Mehtab Waseem and Senior Member WWF Suhail Ali Naqi also spoke highlighting the importance of the environment. #