LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired the 31st meeting of the provincial cabinet at a local hotel here on Thursday.

The meeting decided to develop Sambli (North) Reserve Forest as Salt Range National Park with an area of 13,700 acres and also approved to issue a notification in this regard.

Cutting of trees and hunting would be banned and the land would not be utilized for any other purpose in this park. The CM also directed to constitute the management committee to oversee the park affairs.

The cabinet approved the appointment of Maj. (R) Azam Suleman as the provincial ombudsman and decided to constitute a committee under the chair of Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan to formulate interim policy 2020-21.

This committee will submit its policy recommendations for releasing wheat to the flour mills. Meanwhile, approval of amendments in The Cooperative Societies Act, 1925 and The Punjab Undesirable Cooperative Societies Dissolution Act, 1993 was granted as well.

CM Usman Buzdar appreciated the performance of Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan as well as the food department for procuring record wheat reserves during the current season as bumper wheat stocks have been purchased for the first time after a gap of ten years. Now, the Punjab government has ample wheat reserves and full attention will be paid to providing relief to the common man while formulating wheat release policy, he added.PM directs cabinet members not to issue controversial statement

Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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