PM orders fast-track development in Balochistan; announces RS. 5 billion for Quetta in first phase

February 19, 2015

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the government of PML-N has prioritized provision of basic necessities of life to the people of Balochistan at their doorstep while improving infrastructure across the province.

He said this during a presentation given to him by Chief Secretary Balochistan on development projects here this afternoon.

The Prime Minister was informed that 1840 development schemes and mega projects are underway in the province at a total cost of Rs. 112.871 billion.

Chief Secretary said that due to the policies of the current government there has been a paradigm shift from infrastructure to social and production sector, as a result of which PSDP spending on education has been increased to 23.1% from 4.22% in 2012-13. Similarly spending on health has increased from 3.63% in 2012-13 to 9.01% in the current financial year.

He said the federal Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) contribution during the current financial year is higher i.e. Rs. 62 billion, in comparison to the provincial allocation of Rs. 50 billion.

For the first time, he said, 100% allocated amount of federal budget was released during the previous financial year for provincial projects.

The Prime Minister was informed that work on Katchi canal is underway and would be completed during this year. After its operationalization 54,000 acres of land would be brought under cultivation.

While acknowledging the importance of Quetta city in the province of Balochistan as well as in the country the Prime Minister committed a generous assistance from federal government to meet development deficit of the provincial capital. In the first phase he announced a grant of Rs. 5 billion immediately.

He also ordered a feasibility study to be conducted within 90 days for building water reservoirs and for improving canal distribution system in Balochistan with the direction that both federal contribution and donor funding would be ensured.

The Prime Minister gave in-principle approval for the construction of Sibbi-Hernai railway track.

He directed that funding may be arranged for setting up LPG terminals in remaining 22 districts of Balochistan.

The Prime Minister also directed for release of remaining allocation for current financial year’s federal PSDP worth Rs. 62 billion.

Governor Balochistan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Achakzai; Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch; Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif; Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafiq; Federal Minister for SAFRON, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch; Minister of State for Petroleum, Jam Kamal Khan; Balochistan Minister for Mines, Mr. Sanaullah Zehri and Balochistan Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Hamid Khan Achakzai attended the meeting along with other senior provincial and federal government officers.