PHA Lahore earns additional Rs 534m due to Punjab ombudsman orders

LAHORE: As a result of the departmental measures taken on the orders of the Ombudsman Punjab Major (R) Azam Suleman Khan, the revenue of the Parks and Horticulture Authority Lahore has increased by 120%. Compared to the 440 million rupees for the financial year 2020-21, the PHA earned 978 million in 2021-22, giving it an additional profit of Rs.534 million.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the spokesman said that the provincial ombudsman gave these orders at the complaint of Rahmeen Akram of Johar Town, Lahore who requested introducing departmental measures to end malpractices in the marketing directorate. A four-member enquiry committee, under the special secretary housing department, recommended adopting measures, including departmental action against those involved in malpractices, and devising standard operating procedures (SOPs) for enhancing administrative efficiency and financial resources, the spokesman added. Meanwhile, an information technology centre was being set up in PHA, on orders of the ombudsman office, to improve matters pertaining to the installation of billboards in Lahore and the collection of dues and taxes. Along with this, field surveys were also being conducted regularly to identify illegally installed billboards, the spokesman concluded. TF REPORT

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