Access to safe drinking water is one of the basic human rights. Major chunk of the population in the Punjab province is deprived of safe drinking water.

The Punjab government has accorded the highest priority to provide safe drinking water to marginalized segments of society in rural and peri-urban areas of province. Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Programme is the flagship initiative of the Punjab government and on its completion in next three years, more than 55 million population in 144 tehsils of the province will have a sustained access to safe drinking water.

Further, this billions of rupees programme will be a watershed in eliminating water-borne diseases, which added to the financial woes of the rural populace. For this purpose, Punjab Saaf Pani Company has been established with the mandate to develop, design, plan and execute projects for provision of safe drinking water solutions depending upon the nature of contamination across the province.

We have built a new team of professionals, experts and consultants to fast-track the implementation of the programme, which is of huge public importance and has my personal commitment. More than 100 state-of-the-art water filtration plants have been installed in five tehsils of Lodhran, Khanpur, Hasilpur, Dunyapur and Minchanabad in South Punjab while detailed feasibility and survey reports in other areas of the province have been completed.

We are inviting leading international firms and companies for the implementation of the project and meet international standards in provision of community-based water supply solutions. As public health is inextricably linked to provision of potable water, my government is committed to effectively discharging its responsibilities.

Like other manifestations, this initiative will also be quoted as a success story aimed at public service in annals of history. We have a fast growing economy, vast human capital and fast changing lifestyles can only be materialized with the help of mega programmes, which will play a vital role in prosperity and development of the province.

Though the task is very daunting but my government is blessed with the acumen to overcome such challenges.  I am determined to serve peoples of the province and this programme will be completed within stipulated time-frame of April 2018.

Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.