LAHORE, Dec 25 (APP): Federal Finance Minister and Chairman Data Darbar Religious Affairs Committee Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Friday appreciated the arrangements made by different departments, including Auqaf Department, Police, WASA and City District Government on the occasion of the 972nd annual Urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA).
Presiding over a meeting of the Committee to review the matters related to the Data Darbar here at 90 Shahrah-e-Quaid-i-Azam, the Finance Minister thanked all those involved in making the arrangements saying that the facilities provided to the devotees on the occasion of the annual Urs this year were better than those provided last year.
He directed the officials concerned that they should start thinking, based on experiences of this year, on how improvements could be made next year, particularly in view of the increasing number of devotees who are coming to the Urs every year.
Matters regarding handling a large number of devotees during the annual Urs, replacement of Sabeel equipment, inauguration of computer lab, much needed repair works and better security were also discussed in the meeting. Secretary Punjab Auqaf Department and Administrator Data Darbar briefed the Minister on various issues related to the Urs as well as maintenance of the darbar. Potential expansion of the Data Darbar also came under discussion.
The issue of late payment of salaries to some staff deputed at the darbar was also brought to the notice of the Finance Minister who directed the relevant authorities to resolve such issues expeditiously.
The meeting was attended by members of the Religious Affairs Committee as well as relevant officials.