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AnalysisA detailed guide to Maryam Nawaz's first 100 days as Punjab's Chief...

A detailed guide to Maryam Nawaz’s first 100 days as Punjab’s Chief Minister

Maryam Nawaz's first 100 days as Punjab's Chief Minister have been transformative, launching ambitious projects like the Nawaz Sharif IT City, the Free Medicine Delivery Project, the "Never Again" women’s safety app, day care centers at workplaces, and the CM Pink Games, setting a robust foundation for sustainable growth and women's empowerment, with her proactive leadership promising a progressive and thriving future for Punjab.

LAHORE (The Thursday Times) — Maryam Nawaz’s first 100 days as Chief Minister of Punjab have been marked by a series of ambitious and transformative initiatives. From the launch of the Nawaz Sharif IT City to the establishment of state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, her administration has focused on comprehensive development across various sectors. These initiatives aim to enhance economic growth, improve public welfare, and modernise the province’s infrastructure, reflecting her commitment to the well-being and progress of the people of Punjab. The following is a detailed guide to Maryam Nawaz’s first 100 days as Punjab’s Chief Minister.

Nawaz Sharif IT City

The Nawaz Sharif IT City is an ambitious project with an initial allocation of 10 billion rupees. It spans an extensive 853 acres near the Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute (PKLI) and Research Centre in Lahore. The project is managed by the Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) and has been structured into four main segments: IT & Tech District, Education City, Film City, and Commercial/Residential areas. This project is expected to generate nearly one million jobs, directly and indirectly contributing to the economy of Punjab. It also includes tax incentives and the creation of special economic zones to attract both local and international investments. The government has declared a 10-year tax exemption for businesses operating within the IT City, which aims to further incentivise participation from various sectors. In a notable move, the Punjab government signed an agreement with China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) to help develop the IT City.

The initial phase of the project includes the construction of the Celestia twin-tower IT building, expected to be completed within 12 months. This phase is part of a meticulous plan developed by Nespak and an international consultant, ensuring the project meets global standards. The project also involves roadshows conducted by CBD Punjab to raise awareness and attract further investments. With an overall estimated cost of 100 billion rupees, the Nawaz Sharif IT City aims to establish Lahore as a major player in the global IT landscape. The inclusion of diverse revenue models, such as self-generation, joint ventures, and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT), is designed to make the project financially sustainable and lucrative for investors.

Ramzan Negahban Package

Maryam Nawaz also initiated a significant welfare program, the Ramzan Negahban Package, aimed at providing relief to millions of deserving families during the holy month of Ramadan. The Ramzan Negahban Package, worth 30 billion rupees, had been designed to benefit over 35 million people across Punjab; the package itself includes the distribution of 6.5 million hampers containing essential items such as flour, rice, sugar, ghee, and gram flour. Each hamper was equipped with a QR code to ensure transparency and prevent duplication. The distribution of these packages was managed by the Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) and other provincial authorities. The packages are delivered directly to the doorsteps of the beneficiaries, eliminating the need for them to stand in long queues. This doorstep delivery system ensured that the relief reaches the intended recipients efficiently and effectively.

In addition to the Ramzan hampers, special Ramadan Bazaars were also set up across the province to provide essential items at subsidised rates. The government also implemented strict price control measures to prevent inflation and ensure affordability for the general public. Maryam Nawaz has emphasised the importance of quality and transparency in the implementation of the Ramzan Negahban Package. She directed district authorities to conduct random checks to ensure the high standard of the items being distributed. Moreover, the assistance of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) and NADRA had been instrumental in identifying and verifying deserving families.

Nawaz Sharif Kisan Card

Maryam Nawaz approved the launch of the Nawaz Sharif Kisan Card, which is poised to be a game-changer for small farmers in Punjab. Under this initiative, loans worth Rs 150 billion will be provided to 500,000 small farmers on easy terms. Each farmer can access a loan of Rs 30,000 per acre for purchasing high-quality seeds, fertilisers, and pesticides. This move aims to reduce the financial burden on farmers and enable them to invest in better agricultural inputs​. The Kisaan Package includes various subsidies that will be distributed through the Kisan Card. These subsidies cover essential agricultural inputs, ensuring that farmers can afford the necessary resources to improve their crop yields. The package also includes a substantial allocation for modern agricultural equipment, with Rs 7 billion set aside to provide 24,800 pieces of the latest agricultural machinery to farmers over two years​.

To further support the agricultural community, Maryam Nawaz announced the establishment of Model Agriculture Centers (MAC) across Punjab. These centers, set up in collaboration with the private sector, will provide modern agricultural machinery, training, and demonstration plots. Each district will have one MAC in the first phase, aiming to combat the issue of fake fertilisers and pesticides while promoting best practices in farming. A significant portion of the package is dedicated to research and development. A state-of-the-art center for excellence in research on cotton, wheat, and rice crops will be established, linked with regional universities to enhance agricultural research capabilities. Additionally, a Rs 2 billion research and development center will be built at the Agricultural University Faisalabad in collaboration with China. This center will focus on genome research, germplasm resources, speed breeding, and climate change impacts on agriculture. Maryam Nawaz’s government is also working on legislative reforms to support the agricultural sector.

Proposed amendments to the Agriculture Pesticides Act and the Fertilisers Control Act aim to prevent the sale of spurious agricultural products. Moreover, there are plans to restructure the Punjab Seed Corporation and the Punjab Agricultural Research Board to improve efficiency and effectiveness​. To ensure the successful implementation of these initiatives, the agricultural extension wing will be equipped with modern technology, and 500 agricultural graduates will be recruited. This move is expected to enhance the technical support available to farmers and promote the adoption of modern agricultural practices​.

Solar Panel Scheme

The Solar System Scheme—officially referred to as the “Roshan Gharana Program”, has been allocated a budget of Rs 12.6 billion. The program is designed to distribute 50,000 solar systems in its first phase to selected households. The initial phase targets “protected consumers,” specifically those using up to 100 units of electricity per month. These beneficiaries are chosen through a balloting system to ensure fairness and transparency. The selection process aims to prioritise low-income households that stand to benefit most from reduced electricity costs and reliable power supply.

Each solar system provided under this scheme includes 1-kilowatt solar panels, an inverter, a battery—Lithium Ion ones for extended backup—and additional accessories like wiring. These components are selected to ensure that the systems can run essential household appliances such as fans, lights, and small motors, providing up to 16 hours of power backup​. The Chief Minister has directed the immediate initiation of a pilot phase to evaluate the efficiency and reliability of these solar systems. The pilot’s outcomes will inform the broader rollout, with plans to gradually extend the program to include more households across Punjab. A key aspect of the program is the emphasis on using the latest solar technology. This includes advanced solar plates and high-quality inverters and batteries to ensure long-term efficiency and minimal maintenance​.

The program’s administration involves several key figures and departments, including the Provincial Information Minister, the Chief Secretary, and the Secretaries of Energy and Finance. Their coordinated efforts are essential for smooth implementation and addressing any technical or logistical challenges that may arise during the rollout​. To apply for the solar systems, eligible households must be Pakistani citizens holding a valid CNIC, own their property or have authorisation from their landlord for the installation, and use only up to 100 units of electricity monthly. The application process is facilitated through an online portal where applicants can fill out the necessary forms and submit required documents. These documents include a scanned copy of the applicant’s CNIC, property ownership or authorisation documents, and recent electricity bills​.

Once submitted, applications are reviewed by relevant authorities. Successful applicants are notified, and the installation of solar systems begins promptly. This structured approach ensures that the systems are distributed and installed efficiently, minimising delays and maximising impact​.

Chief Minister Bike Scheme

The Chief Minister Bike Scheme, officially launched in March 2024, is part of the broader Chief Minister’s Youth Initiative. The scheme is designed to distribute 19,000 petrol bikes and 1,000 electric bikes to students. The initiative is structured to offer these bikes on easy monthly installments without any interest, making it financially feasible for students to afford their own transportation​. For this, the Punjab government has partnered with the Bank of Punjab in order to facilitate such a scheme. Under the terms of the agreement, the monthly installment for a petrol bike is set at PKR 5,000, while for an electric bike, it is slightly less than PKR 10,000. The government will cover the interest on these installments, ensuring that students do not face additional financial burdens​.

The application process for the bike scheme was meticulously planned to ensure broad participation. The eligibility criteria required students to be enrolled in a college or university, with a preference for those who can demonstrate financial need. A quota system was established to ensure equitable distribution: in urban areas, there is an equal split between male and female students, while in rural areas, 70% of the bikes are allocated to male students and 30% to female students​ The response to the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive thus far, with over 100,000 applications received. A computerised balloting system was used to ensure transparency in the selection of recipients. The first phase of distribution began in May 2024, following the completion of the balloting process​.

Maryam Nawaz herself has emphasised the transformative potential of this scheme. By providing students with personal transportation, the initiative aims to reduce their commuting time, enhance their academic performance, and increase their overall quality of life. The initiative is also seen as a step towards promoting sustainable transportation, with the inclusion of electric bikes aiming to reduce the environmental footprint​.

Free Medicine Delivery Project

The “Free Medicine Delivery Project” was officially inaugurated on May 4, 2024. The project is designed to provide free delivery of essential medicines to patients suffering from chronic conditions such as tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis, and cardiovascular diseases. This initiative is set to benefit up to 200,000 patients in its initial phase, ensuring they receive their required medications without the need to visit healthcare facilities​. Maryam Nawaz personally delivered medicines to patients in various locations. Her visits included the homes of Rasoolan Bibi and Munawar Malik, both cardiac patients residing in Shaman Katchi Abadi.

The project also saw the inauguration of the Sahulat Markaz in the Primary & Secondary Health Care department. This center is pivotal in restarting the registration process for TB and hepatitis patients, ensuring they are promptly included in the free medicine delivery program. Additionally, the establishment of a state-of-the-art drug testing laboratory was inspected by the Chief Minister to maintain the quality and safety of the medicines distributed​. Maryam Nawaz also laid the foundation stone for the Primary & Secondary Healthcare Development Wing and inspected new facilities such as a van equipped for doctors, enhancing the overall healthcare infrastructure in Punjab​.

This project is part of a broader strategy to improve healthcare in Punjab. Maryam Nawaz’s administration is also focusing on revamping 300 Basic Health Units (BHUs) across the province. Future plans include the establishment of the first official state-of-the-art cancer hospital in Lahore and the launch of the “Clinic on Wheels” project to bring healthcare services to remote areas​.

The Free Medicine Delivery Project is a continuation and expansion of similar initiatives previously launched by Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif, which were unfortunately discontinued by the previous government. By reviving and extending these projects, Maryam Nawaz aims to ensure that no patient in Punjab is deprived of necessary medical treatments due to logistical challenges or healthcare facility shortages​. Maryam Nawaz has stated that she envisions a future Punjab province where, within five years, state-of-the-art health facilities are accessible in every city, covering specialties such as cardiology, pediatrics, and oncology. The administration is also planning to introduce an air ambulance service to further support the transportation of patients in critical conditions​.

New Field Hospitals

Maryam Nawaz also inaugurated a field hospitals project, with a vision to provide state-of-the-art healthcare facilities directly at the doorsteps of people living in remote areas. The project includes the deployment of mobile healthcare units and container hospitals equipped with modern medical technologies. So far, 32 have been inaugarated. The project was implemented swiftly, with all 32 field hospitals becoming operational within a span of six weeks. Each field hospital is housed in a container, transformed into a fully functional medical unit. These mobile hospitals are equipped with diagnostic units, labs, ultrasound, ECG, x-ray machines, and pharmacies​.

The field hospitals provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services that cater to various medical needs of the rural population. These services include Outpatient Departments (OPD), where general medical consultations and treatments are offered to patients. Diagnostic services are also a key feature, encompassing X-rays, ultrasounds, ECGs, and lab tests to ensure thorough medical evaluations. Pharmacy services within these hospitals supply essential medicines at no cost, ensuring that treatment is accessible to all. Furthermore, the hospitals focus on maternity and childcare, providing immunisation for newborns and maternal health services to support both mothers and their children. Minor surgical procedures can be performed on-site in the surgical facilities available at these hospitals. Additionally, lady health workers are an integral part of the healthcare team, addressing women’s health issues and running school nutrition programs to promote better health and nutrition among school-aged children​.

The deployment of these hospitals follows a strategic plan to cover the most underserved areas first. Announcements are made in villages when a field hospital arrives, ensuring that residents are aware of the available services. This approach ensures high accessibility and utilisation of the facilities​. The field hospitals have received a positive response from the communities they serve. During the inauguration, Maryam Nawaz personally visited several sites, engaging with local residents and overseeing medical treatments. This hands-on approach has helped build trust and ensure the effectiveness of the project​.

Clinics on Wheels

In her first 100 days as Chief Minister of Punjab, Maryam Nawaz launched an ambitious healthcare initiative titled “Clinics on Wheels.” This project aims to deploy 200 mobile clinics throughout the province to provide essential medical services to the public, especially in underserved and densely populated urban areas. The Clinics on Wheels project was inaugurated in Lahore, where Maryam Nawaz emphasized the government’s commitment to making healthcare accessible to all. The initiative is set to benefit approximately four million people across Punjab by bringing medical facilities directly to their doorsteps​.

These mobile clinics are strategically deployed in densely populated areas where access to hospitals and other healthcare facilities is limited. The goal is to alleviate the pressure on existing healthcare infrastructure and provide timely medical intervention to those in need. The services offered include general health check-ups, maternal and child health services, vaccinations, and minor emergency care​. Alongside the Clinics on Wheels project, Maryam Nawaz announced the establishment of state-of-the-art cardiology facilities in eight cities across Punjab, including Mianwali, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Jhelum, Sahiwal, Murree, and Layyah​. The clinics will operate six days a week from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, ensuring regular and comprehensive healthcare coverage.

2,500 Basic Health Centres

One of Maryam Nawaz’s most ambitious projects was the establishment of 2,500 basic health rehabilitation centers across Punjab. This initiative aims to provide accessible healthcare to rural and underserved communities, ensuring that even the most remote areas have access to medical facilities. These centers are expected to be equipped with essential medical supplies and staffed with trained healthcare professionals to offer basic medical services, thus reducing the burden on major hospitals and improving overall public health.

The primary objective of this initiative is to enhance the healthcare infrastructure in Punjab by providing essential medical services at the grassroots level. These centers are designed to offer a range of basic health services, including maternal and child health, immunisations, first aid, and treatment of common ailments. The goal is to reduce the burden on larger hospitals by providing primary care closer to where people live. Each of the 2,500 basic health units (BHUs) is being upgraded with the latest medical equipment and staffed with trained healthcare professionals. The facilities will include diagnostic units, labs, ultrasound machines, ECG, X-ray facilities, and pharmacies to ensure comprehensive healthcare services are available. Additionally, Maryam Nawaz has emphasised the importance of providing free medicines at these centers, which will greatly benefit the low-income population.

To address the shortage of healthcare professionals, the government is working on recruiting more doctors and nurses, ensuring that each BHU is adequately staffed to meet the needs of the community. Special attention is being given to maternal and child health services to reduce mortality rates and improve overall health outcomes.

Upgradation of DHQs & THQs

In her first 100 days as Chief Minister of Punjab, Maryam Nawaz has significantly focused on upgrading the District Headquarters Hospitals (DHQS) and Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals (THQS) across the province. The primary objectives of this upgradation initiative are multifaceted. One of the core aims is to improve healthcare facilities by ensuring the availability of modern medical equipment in all DHQS and THQS. This involves upgrading existing infrastructure to meet contemporary healthcare standards and enhancing the overall quality of patient care. Additionally, there is a strong focus on recruiting and training skilled medical professionals. This ensures that these hospitals are staffed with qualified personnel who can provide high-quality care. Continuous education and training programs are being implemented for existing staff to keep them updated with the latest medical practices and technologies.

A significant aspect of the upgradation is the accessibility of essential medicines. The initiative aims to guarantee the availability of essential and life-saving medicines at all DHQS and THQS. To achieve this, a system is being implemented to monitor and manage medicine supplies, preventing any potential shortages. This is expected to ensure that patients always have access to the medications they need, thereby improving health outcomes.

Emergency services are also being enhanced under this initiative. Advanced emergency services, including a motorised ambulance service, are being introduced to ensure timely medical assistance. Moreover, the plan includes the deployment of air ambulances to serve remote and hard-to-reach areas. This addition is particularly significant for improving healthcare access in rural regions, where medical facilities are often limited.

The implementation strategy for this upgradation plan is being rolled out in phases, ensuring systematic improvements across all districts and tehsils. Initially, thorough assessments of the current state of DHQS and THQS were conducted to identify areas requiring urgent attention. Based on these assessments, a comprehensive plan was developed to address infrastructure, staffing, and equipment needs. Adequate funding has been secured through provincial budgets, and there is potential for federal assistance to support this ambitious project. The expected outcomes of the DHQS and THQS upgradation under Maryam Nawaz’s leadership are significant. By enhancing the quality of healthcare services in both rural and urban areas, the initiative aims to reduce the patient load on tertiary care hospitals. This is anticipated to improve patient satisfaction and health outcomes due to the availability of advanced medical treatments and timely care. Furthermore, increased accessibility to healthcare services for remote populations is expected through enhanced emergency services and air ambulance provisions.

Air Ambulances

In an effort to enhance emergency medical services, Maryam Nawaz introduced Punjab’s first air ambulance service. This initiative aims to provide rapid medical response and transportation, particularly benefiting residents in remote and mountainous regions where access to healthcare facilities can be challenging. The air ambulance service is a significant step towards improving healthcare delivery and ensuring timely medical assistance across the province.

This ambitious project aligns with her broader vision of transforming the healthcare landscape in Punjab. The introduction of air ambulances is part of a comprehensive plan to upgrade the province’s emergency response capabilities. The service is managed by the Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122), which has been tasked with establishing an organised fleet of ambulances to cover the motorway and other critical areas​.

“Never Again” Project

The cornerstone of the “NEVER AGAIN” project is the launch of a dedicated women’s safety application. Unveiled on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2024, the app serves as a crucial tool for ensuring the safety of women across Punjab. The app includes features such as emergency contacts, real-time location tracking, and an alert system that can immediately notify authorities in case of an emergency. This innovative solution is designed to provide women with a reliable and efficient means of seeking help when faced with threats or harassment​.

Recognising the challenges faced by working mothers, the project allocates funds for the establishment of day care centers at workplaces. With an investment of one billion rupees, these centers aim to support working women by providing safe and convenient childcare options. Additionally, Maryam Nawaz announced the construction of working women hostels, offering secure and affordable housing for female professionals​. The “NEVER AGAIN” project also focuses on boosting women’s economic independence. It includes a policy that offers 50% loans to women entrepreneurs starting online businesses. This initiative is intended to support female entrepreneurship and reduce gender disparities in economic opportunities. Furthermore, the project includes measures to waive transfer fees on property gifted to sisters and daughters, ensuring women have greater access to financial assets and inheritance rights​.

Crackdown on Kites

Kite flying, while a cultural pastime, has led to numerous accidents and fatalities, particularly due to the use of sharp, metallic strings that can cause severe injuries. The urgency for a crackdown became more apparent following the tragic death of a youth in Faisalabad due to a kite string. This incident propelled Maryam Nawaz to take immediate and decisive action to prevent further loss of life​. The Punjab police were directed to enforce the existing ban on kite flying rigorously. This led to the arrest of thousands of individuals involved in kite flying and the confiscation of kites and metallic strings. Specifically, over a span of one month, more than 3,233 people were arrested, and more than 3,100 cases were registered​.

The crackdown extended to the manufacturing and sale of metallic kite strings. Authorities were instructed to shut down factories producing these dangerous materials and to monitor and control their distribution. This included the arrest of individuals involved in the production and sale of metallic strings​. To support these enforcement actions, a public awareness campaign was launched. The campaign aimed to educate the public about the dangers of kite flying with metallic strings and to promote safer alternatives. Public service messages were disseminated across various platforms to reinforce the importance of adhering to the ban​.

Maryam Nawaz emphasised the need for strict legislative enforcement and called for daily reports on the progress of these measures from the Inspector General of Police. This ensured continuous oversight and accountability within law enforcement agencies​.

Chief Minister Laptop Scheme

Following in the footsteps of her uncle, the incumbent prime minister, the primary objective of the laptop program is to enhance digital literacy among students and modernise the education system. The program aims to provide college and university students with the necessary technological tools to support their education and facilitate online learning. Additionally, it is designed to help students gain access to online jobs, thereby contributing to the reduction of poverty and boosting the digital economy in Punjab​. The eligibility for the laptop program is based on a merit-based selection process to ensure fairness and transparency. Students from various colleges and universities across Punjab will be considered for the program. The selection criteria focus on academic performance, ensuring that deserving students are rewarded for their hard work and dedication​.

Maryam Nawaz formally granted approval for the program, allocating 150 billion Pakistani Rupees for its execution. This budget covers the procurement of laptops, logistics, and administrative costs associated with the distribution. In order to streamline the application process, the government plans to launch an online portal where students can register for the program. This portal will help in managing applications efficiently and provide a transparent mechanism for tracking the distribution of laptops​. The program includes conducting surveys among students to gather feedback and insights. This feedback will be used to refine the program and address any challenges that may arise during its implementation. The aim is to continuously improve the program based on student needs and experiences​.

Cheaper rotis and atta

One of the major highlights of Maryam Nawaz’s tenure was the reduction in roti prices. Initially, she announced a price cut for roti to Rs. 16, down from Rs. 20. This decision was aimed at alleviating the financial burden on the citizens of Punjab, especially the lower-income groups​. However, the price was further reduced to Rs. 12 in some areas. This drastic reduction aimed to ensure even greater affordability and accessibility of this staple food item across various cities in Punjab. The price varied slightly by region, with roti priced at Rs. 12 in cities like Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, and Rahim Yar Khan, while in other cities like Lahore, it was set at Rs. 14​.

Complementing the reduction in roti prices, the Punjab government also focused on reducing the price of atta. The minimum support price of wheat for the year 2023-2024 was set at Rs. 3,900 per 40kg, a measure aimed at stabilising the market and reducing the cost of wheat flour. This price adjustment was expected to lower the market price of atta, making it more affordable for the general population​.

Smart Safe City Project

One of Maryam Nawaz’s major initiatives has been the launch of the Smart Safe City Project. During her visit to the PSCA headquarters, she directed the implementation of this project in every district of Punjab by December 31, 2024. This initiative aims to enhance security measures across the province through advanced surveillance technologies and comprehensive monitoring systems. The Smart Safe City Project includes the installation of cameras and monitoring systems in critical areas such as hospitals, bus stands, airports, and railway stations. These systems are designed to detect and respond to various security threats, including terrorism, theft, and other criminal activities​.

Maryam Nawaz has placed a strong emphasis on women’s safety. She directed the rapid deployment of an upgraded Women Safety App, which provides 43 services with a single click. This app is a crucial tool for women to report incidents and seek help in emergencies. Additionally, she announced the construction of a hostel for women police communication officers, further supporting their role in maintaining public safety​. Another notable achievement is the inauguration of Pakistan’s first virtual women police station, named “Meri Awaz, Maryam Nawaz.” This station allows women to connect with police services through features like live chat, video calls, and a dedicated app. It aims to streamline the process for women to lodge First Information Reports (FIRs) and receive assistance throughout the investigation and trial stages​.

The introduction of the Safe City Crime Stopper app marks a significant step in crime prevention. This app enables citizens to report various crimes, including terrorism, rape, and drug trafficking. The trial run of this app has shown promising results in the timely detection and reporting of criminal activities. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in this app enhances its capabilities to monitor and prevent traffic violations and other public safety concerns​. Maryam Nawaz’s administration has also signed agreements to implement Safe City projects in 18 cities across Punjab. This includes the installation of Air Quality Index Monitoring Environment Sensors and the deployment of surveillance systems in cities such as Gujrat, Jhelum, Sheikhupura, and Multan. These measures aim to create a safer and more secure environment for all residents of Punjab​.

In addition to these features, the project includes the installation of 100 modern emergency panic buttons across Lahore. These panic buttons, strategically placed in locations such as universities, colleges, markets, and intersections, can be pressed to immediately alert the Safe City authorities. This rapid response mechanism is designed to provide swift assistance in emergencies, further enhancing the safety and security of women in public spaces​

Education for Children with Special Needs

Maryam Nawaz announced the establishment of state-of-the-art education centers for differently-abled children in each district of Punjab. These centers aim to provide high-quality education tailored to the needs of children with disabilities, ensuring they receive the same level of educational opportunities as other children. The centers are equipped with specialised teaching staff, adaptive learning tools, and resources to support various types of disabilities, ranging from physical impairments to learning disabilities​. Recognising the unique needs of special children, there has been a concerted effort to develop customised curriculums that cater to their learning requirements. This includes training for teachers to better understand and address the educational challenges faced by special children. The curriculums are designed to be inclusive, with an emphasis on practical skills, therapeutic activities, and vocational training to help children integrate into society and gain independence​.

Maryam Nawaz’s administration has also focused on public-private partnerships to enhance the quality of education for special children. By collaborating with NGOs and the private sector, the government aims to leverage additional resources, expertise, and innovative practices. This collaborative approach helps in creating more comprehensive support systems for special children, including extracurricular activities, psychological support, and career counseling​. To ensure accessibility, the new education centers are designed with facilities that cater to the physical needs of special children. This includes ramps, elevators, and specialised transportation services. Additionally, there are initiatives to promote inclusion in regular schools, where feasible, through the implementation of inclusive education practices.

A crucial part of this initiative is involving parents and the community in the educational process. Regular workshops and training sessions are conducted for parents to help them support their children’s educational journey at home. Community awareness programs are also run to reduce stigma and promote a more accepting attitude towards special children​.

Hostels for Women Police

The Chief Minister has also taken significant steps to improve the working conditions for women in law enforcement by initiating the construction of female hostels for women police officers. This initiative is part of a larger agenda aimed at enhancing the welfare and professional environment for women in the police force.

The establishment of these hostels is designed to provide a safe, supportive, and convenient living arrangement for female police officers. These accommodations are crucial given the demanding and often challenging nature of police work, which requires officers to have reliable and secure housing near their workplaces. The initiative is expected to address the unique challenges faced by women in law enforcement, such as ensuring their safety and well-being, thus allowing them to perform their duties more effectively.

Wildlife Survey

Maryam Nawaz has also embarked on a notable initiative to protect wildlife through a comprehensive survey worth 530 million Pakistani Rupees. This survey is designed to assess and conserve the diverse wildlife in the province, focusing on endangered species and their habitats. The project aims to enhance research, monitoring, and protection measures to ensure sustainable conservation efforts. This initiative is expected to provide valuable data on wildlife populations and ecosystems, which will inform future conservation strategies and policies. By allocating substantial funds to this survey, the Punjab government under her leadership demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing environmental challenges and promoting biodiversity.

Virtual Women Police Stations

The virtual women police station, referred to as “Meri Awaz…Maryam Nawaz”, offers a range of features designed to support women in distress without requiring them to physically visit a police station. One of the key features is the live video call functionality, which allows women to report incidents in real-time and from a safe location. This feature is particularly important for those facing immediate threats or in need of urgent assistance.

Privacy and anonymity are central to the operation of the virtual police station. Women can file complaints without revealing their identity, ensuring their safety and encouraging more women to come forward with their issues. This approach is especially beneficial for cases involving sensitive matters such as harassment and domestic abuse, where privacy concerns often deter victims from seeking help​. The virtual station provides comprehensive assistance to women, guiding them through all stages of the crime reporting process. From the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) to the investigation and trial phases, women receive support at every step. This holistic approach ensures that women are not left to navigate the often complex legal and procedural landscape on their own​.

During her visit to the virtual women police station, Maryam Nawaz interacted with the women communication police officers, who are specially trained IT graduates. These officers are responsible for handling complaints with professionalism and empathy, ensuring that the concerns of women are addressed promptly and effectively.

Free WiFi hotspots across Punjab

The free WiFi initiative, originally launched by former Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in 2013, faced discontinuation during the tenure of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government due to financial constraints and unpaid bills to internet providers. With the return of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to power, Maryam Nawaz has revitalised this project, emphasising its importance for public access to the internet.

The project, managed by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), started with the establishment of 50 free WiFi hotspots in Lahore. These hotspots are strategically placed in key public locations to maximise accessibility. Notable locations include educational institutions such as Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Government College University Lahore (GCU), and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU). Hospitals like Shalimar Hospital, Ittefaq Hospital, General Hospital, Al Razi Hospital, and Children’s Hospital are also covered, providing essential connectivity for both staff and patients. Public areas such as Liberty Market, MM Alam Road, Shadman Chowk, Gaddafi Stadium, Sir Ganga Ram Chowk, and Mini Market have also been included to facilitate public convenience.

Maryam Nawaz has announced ambitious plans to extend the free WiFi service to 516 locations across Lahore, encompassing more public spaces such as airports, railway stations, bus stands, and additional educational institutions. This expansion is expected to significantly enhance internet accessibility for the residents of Lahore and other urban areas in Punjab. The initiative aims to benefit students by providing better access to online educational resources, improve healthcare communication and access to medical information in hospitals, and enhance public convenience in markets, parks, and transportation hubs.

Lahore Garment City

The Lahore Garment City is envisioned as a “plug and play” facility, meaning it will be equipped with all the necessary infrastructure and services required for garment manufacturing. This includes modern sheds, weaving units, dyeing facilities, and other related units. The project aims to attract major apparel industries by providing a conducive environment for operations and growth. Additionally, it will offer technical training for workers, ensuring that the local workforce is skilled and ready to meet the demands of the industry​, with one of the most notable features of the Lahore Garment City is its commitment to environmental sustainability. The project will be powered by green and solar energy systems, reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainable industrial practices. This aligns with global trends in the garment industry, where there is increasing emphasis on eco-friendly production methods​.

The establishment of the Lahore Garment City is expected to have a significant economic impact. By creating a state-of-the-art manufacturing hub, the project aims to increase exports, generate employment, and attract foreign investment. The plug and play model will simplify the process for new businesses to set up operations, reducing bureaucratic hurdles and fostering a business-friendly environment​. The project is being spearheaded by a high-level committee led by the Minister for Industries, Chaudhry Shafay Hussain. This committee is tasked with soliciting expressions of interest from major apparel industries and overseeing the development of the city’s infrastructure. The Lahore Garment City is envisioned as the first of several such projects, with plans to expand the model to other regions in Punjab following the success of this pilot project​.

New Expressways

These expressways aim to significantly improve connectivity across the province, reducing travel time and enhancing safety. Here is an in-depth look at each expressway and its anticipated impact:

1. Multan to Vehari Expressway

Length: 93.5 kilometers

Details: This expressway is designed to connect Multan, a major city in southern Punjab, with Vehari. By transforming the existing single carriageway into a dual carriageway, this project aims to reduce the frequent accidents and significantly cut down travel time. It is expected to facilitate smoother and faster travel, promoting economic activities between the two regions.

Impact: The improved road will serve thousands of commuters daily, enhancing trade and mobility. The journey time between Multan and Vehari, which currently takes several hours, will be significantly reduced.

2. Faisalabad to Chiniot Expressway

Length: 24 kilometers

Details: This relatively short but crucial expressway will connect Faisalabad, known as the Manchester of Pakistan due to its extensive textile industry, with Chiniot, an important city for furniture and woodcraft.

Impact: The new road will cut down the travel time from 45 minutes to approximately 25 minutes, making it easier for daily commuters and boosting economic ties between the two cities. This development is also expected to enhance the safety of travelers by reducing the number of accidents on this route.

3. Bahawalpur to Changra Expressway

Length: 42 kilometers

Details: Linking Bahawalpur, a city known for its historical significance and cultural heritage, to Changra, this expressway will upgrade the existing infrastructure to a dual carriageway, thus facilitating better traffic management and flow.

Impact: The journey will become more efficient, contributing to the tourism and economic activities in Bahawalpur, which is already a growing economic hub in southern Punjab.

4. Sahiwal to Summundri Expressway

Length: 57.7 kilometers

Details: This expressway aims to connect Sahiwal, an agricultural hub, with Summundri. By improving the existing single carriageway to a dual carriageway, the expressway will help in reducing the travel time from one and a half hours to approximately 40 minutes.

Impact: This reduction in travel time is expected to benefit local farmers and traders by providing them with quicker access to markets, thus enhancing the agricultural economy of the region.

5. Chichawatni to Layyah Expressway

Length: 199 kilometers

Details: The longest among the five new expressways, this road will connect Chichawatni to Layyah, facilitating a major transportation route across the province. This project will transform a dilapidated single carriageway into a modern dual carriageway, greatly improving the travel experience.

Impact: The expressway will cut the travel time from four hours to just two hours. This significant reduction in travel time is expected to stimulate economic activities, enhance trade, and improve the overall connectivity of Layyah with other parts of Punjab.

Pink Games

The CM Pink Games were officially inaugurated by Maryam Nawaz on May 2, 2024, in a grand ceremony. The event kicked off with a vibrant display of sportsmanship and cultural heritage. Female athletes from 16 universities across Punjab participated, showcasing their talents in various sports disciplines. The opening ceremony featured a torch presentation by volleyball player Zeenat Waqar to the Chief Minister, followed by a spectacular light show and traditional dances​. She emphasised the need for parental support in encouraging daughters to pursue their passions, drawing attention to the societal barriers that often limit women’s opportunities in sports​.

One of the most notable announcements during the CM Pink Games was the doubling of the prize money. Initially set at Rs. 50 lakhs, the prize pool was increased to Rs. 1 crore. The increased prize money was intended to incentivise more women to participate in sports and to celebrate their achievements at a higher level​. The CM Pink Games saw the participation of 1300 female athletes from various parts of Punjab. The athletes competed in a wide range of sports, including volleyball, athletics, basketball, archery, badminton, table tennis, and cricket. The event provided a platform for these athletes to showcase their skills and compete at a high level, reflecting the growing interest and participation of women in sports across the province​.

Lahore College for Women University emerged victorious in athletics and basketball, while Punjab University dominated in archery, badminton, table tennis, and cricket. The Superior University Lahore team won the final match in hockey. These victories were celebrated in a closing ceremony where Maryam Nawaz presented trophies and cash prizes to the winning teams​. The closing ceremony of the CM Pink Games was a memorable event held at a gymnasium, where Maryam Nawaz presented trophies and cash prizes to the winning teams. She personally distributed awards to 321 winning teams and mingled with the athletes, expressing her pride and joy over their achievements.

What can you, as a citizen, take from all this?

Maryam Nawaz’s proactive approach during her initial 100 days in office has set a robust foundation for Punjab’s future. Through strategic investments in technology, healthcare, agriculture, and public services, she has demonstrated a clear vision for sustainable development and inclusive growth. These efforts not only address immediate needs but also pave the way for long-term prosperity and improved quality of life for the residents of Punjab. As her administration continues to implement these initiatives, the positive impact on the province’s socio-economic landscape is expected to grow, fulfilling her promise of a progressive and thriving Punjab.

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