SAYS PEOPLE TO GET 17 SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF; DRAFT OF RIGHT TO SERVICES ACT 2017 IS READY; ALL KHIDMAT MARAKIZ TO BE FUNCTIONAL BY CURRENT YEARLAHORE (FNNI)Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting here today in which establishment of Khidmat Markaz in 36 districts of Punjab was approved. As many as 17 services will be provided under one roof in every Khidmat Markaz. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that provision of better services and facilities is the mission of Punjab government and establishment of Khidmat Markakis is a vital step in this regard. He said Khidmat Markaz have been set up in six districts while state-of-the-art Khidmat Markaz in remaining districts will be made functional by the end of the current year where people will be able to get 17 services under one roof. He said that establishment of Khidmat Markaz is a brilliant decision of Punjab government and problems of the people will be resolved under one roof and they will not need to visit various offices for resolution of their problems. He said third party validation and financial audit of Khidmat Markaz will also be carried out. He said an excellent Khidmat Markaz center has been established in Faisalabad for which Provincial Minister, Chief Secretary, Chairman PITB and the whole team deserve appreciation. He said the model of Khidmat Markaz in Faisalabad should be replicated in other districts. He said that Khidmat Markaz is also functional in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal and Gujranwala apart from Faisalabad. He said an awareness campaign should be launched to make people aware of Khidmat Markaz. Shehbaz Sharif said that strict monitoring of Khidmat Markaz will be carried out. The Chief Minister constituted a committee headed by Chief Secretary to present its report in one week on recommendations on a new system of services, its monitoring system, and other matters. He said project management unit should also be constituted and necessary legislation is also being carried out for implementation of the program. Draft of Right to Services Act 2017 is ready and it will be presented to the assembly for approval. Giving briefing to the meeting, Dr. Umer Saif said an effective system has been made for applicants to know about the status of their applications submitted in Khidmat Markaz. Ten Khidmat Markaz has been set up throughout the province and six out of them are functional. Provincial Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Adviser Dr. Umer Saif, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Acting IGP, concerning secretaries, and senior officials were present on the occasion. The Chairman P&D participated in the meeting via video link.

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