The Punjab government has decided to retrieve 180-acre land of Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture, Multan, from the tenants.
This was decided by Punjab Chief Secretary Naveed Akram Cheema in the DCOs conference held a couple of days ago. Showing displeasure over the failure of retrieving the land proposed for Nawaz Sharif Agriculture University extension from tenants, the chief secretary had directed the DCO Multan to get the land vacated from the grabbers. At least, 27 peasant families have been demanding ownership rights to the land, arguing they have tilled it for decades.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif during his visit to Multan here the other day had also sought report from the DCO on the issue. DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal told the CM Punjab that the land owned by the farmers would soon be retrieved, sources in Multan City district government said.
Shahbaz Sharif said that he wanted to change the fate of the neglected region through educational revolution. He said that the Agri University would be a major addition to the development of the region.
Moreover, the CM also showed satisfaction pertaining to the polio eradication, healthcare, land record computerisation, and District Development Programme (DDP) etc, sources said.
The CM’s visit to Multan was to approve the Metro Bus for the city like it was established in Lahore besides judging other development schemes.
The DCO said that the district administration would resolve the issue cordially so that there would be no loss to the farmers. He said that the issue of varsity land had been taken up in the last DCOs conference chaired by the chief secretary and he was directed to settle the issue. By having meetings with the representatives of the peasants, the issue would be settled amicably, the DCO said.
He said the CM had appreciated the efforts of the district administration regarding the development work in the district.
Hoping the issues of the peasants settled amicably, Muhammad Akram who belongs to a tenant family lauded the decision of the PML-N government establishing Agriculture University in the backward region. He said that with the establishment of the varsity and construction of the Metro the longstanding dreams of the residents of Multan came true.