Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said on Tuesday that past governments encouraged nepotism in the garb of merit and set records of exhibitory projects along with promoting the culture of corruption, intimidation and commendations. In a press statement, he said that exhibitory projects proved proverbial ‘white elephants’ as these schemes were started without a prudent approach which resulted in burdening the exchequer. These projects failed to provide any substantial relief or benefits to the people, he continued and regretted the past governments’ policies exhausted the exchequer and people faced the consequences. On the other side, the incumbent government has launched projects according to genuine public needs and identification of priorities, he maintained. The chief minister said the public representatives were also consulted and the wrong tradition of the one-man show had been done away with. Similarly, ministers were powerful and every job was done with due deliberation, he added. Meanwhile, the looters’ attempt to hide behind the PDM, for saving their ill-gotten money, has been frustrated. He mentioned that the parties included in the PDM had minted money through corruption in their respective tenures and people now demand from the past rulers to give details of the money spent on various exhibitory projects. These elements were not only looters but answerable to the people, he emphasized. The incumbent government was the most transparent government in the history of Pakistan as nothing wrong has been allowed, he said. The foundation of new Pakistan has been laid under the leadership of PM Imran Khan and the country was moving in the right direction, he added. Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has asked the citizens to strictly follow Covid-19 SOPs during the lockdown to protect their lives from the virus. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, he said the decision to impose lockdown during Eid holidays had been made in the larger public interest to save citizens from corona disease. The CM asked the citizens to remain careful as line departments have been instructed to take action in case of any violation. The restrictions were aimed at saving the lives of the citizens and the situation would improve if precautions were fully observed, he added. The chief minister made it clear that violation of SOPs will not be tolerated because it will result in increasing cases and this could lead to extending temporary restrictions. Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has approved recommendations of the cabinet committee for corona to vaccinate the media persons across the province. In this regard, the CM said that media persons would be vaccinated on priority basis after Eid and asked the health department to take necessary steps and setting up of vaccination centres in press clubs be reviewed.