Dastarkhan Next Step Against Poverty, says CM
CHIEF Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that provision of cheap meal at Sasti Roti Dastarkhans with the cooperation of the affluent people is the next step of our struggle against hunger and poverty.
He said the target of setting up 300 Sasti Roti Dastarkhans for providing meal to the poor throughout the province should be achieved during the next month.
Addressing the meeting regarding Sasti Roti Dastarkhans here on Saturday, Shahbaz said the programme was the part of the Sasti Roti Scheme in which well-to-do people were taking part generously.
He said besides big cities, the Dastarkhans should also be set up in small cities so that maximum number of deserving people could benefit from them. He said there was no dearth of people having spirit of service to humanity in society and they would be ready to cooperate in the welfare programme.
The CM said 98 Sasti Roti Dastarkhans had been set up throughout the province and 50,000 people were benefiting from them.
He said solid steps had been taken to remove the flaws from the Sasti Roti Scheme and transparent utilisation of every penny was being ensured. He said number of mechanical Tandoors was being increased gradually and their data was being collected. He said Sasti Roti Dastarkhans were also becoming popular among people and chambers of commerce, traders and well-to-do people should be contacted for expanding its scope. He said he would personally meet the chambers of commerce and industry and traders for expanding the Dastarkhans programme. He said joint efforts were needed for this programme.
The chief minister said the government would provide wheat flour on subsidised rates for Sasti Roti Dastarkhans and other facilities to the affluent people for their setting up. He said that like the Sasti Roti Scheme, banners should also be displayed on Dastarkhans so that the common man should identify them. He directed the chief secretary to prepare decide size and design of banners in this regard.
The CM directed the food minister to visit the cities throughout the province to reviewing the Dastarkhans whereas all MPAs should also send reports by reviewing the programme in their respective areas. He said the programme had been started for workers, widows and resourceless persons on a permanent basis.
He appreciated the services of former MPA Haji Muhammad Nawaz for taking interest in the programme and lauded the performance of the Gujranwala commissioner in this regard.
Earlier, Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood told the meeting that the programme was being expanded gradually.
Secretary Industries Shahid Khan said the meeting that 98 Sasti Roti Dastarkhans had been set up throughout the province, including 47 in Gujranwala and 27 in Lahore. He said concrete measures had been taken for monitoring the Sasti Roti Scheme and a website had been updated in this regard and now data was being collected about all Tandoors.
Punjab Minister for Food Nadeem Kamran Malik, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Members Provincial Assembly Khawaja Imran Nazir, Dr Saeed Elahi, the chief secretary, secretaries Industries, Food, Information, commissioners Lahore and Gujranwala, former MPA Haji Nawaz and other senior officials attended the meeting