ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed concerns over the slow pace of development projects under the southern Balochistan development package and asked officials to hold Apex Committee meetings every month to review projects’ execution after he was told that the committee meets only once a year.
The prime minister while chairing a high-level meeting to review the realization of the package, also instructed for holding the meeting of the execution committee fortnightly to speed up work on 200 development projects worth Rs655 billion.
The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to complete Turbat Airport and build two nursing colleges in Gwadar and Turbat at the earliest.
The premier said that he would personally hold review committee meetings every month to remove impediments in the completion of the Balochistan development projects.
PM viewed that the issues faced by Balochistan were different from the rest of the country as its population was scattered, and due to the long distance between the localities, the government would have to find out-of-the-box solutions to improve the lives of the people of Balochistan.
He directed ministries of planning, energy, maritime affairs, and the Government of Balochistan to work in close coordination to accelerate the work on transport, energy and infrastructure projects under the package.
Earlier the prime minister was briefed that Balochistan was a resource-rich province as it produces 40% of the locally produced gas in the country. Ownership of the federal government was very much needed to solve various issues being faced by this strategically very important province.
PM also directed the Balochistan government to revamp its governance structure at the grassroots level. He also directed them to launch an effective media campaign to ensure maximum public awareness of the government’s initiatives for the welfare of the people of Balochistan.
Energy Minister Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Industries Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Maritime Affairs Minister Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Advisor on Finance Shaukat Fayyaz Tarin, Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and other senior officers also attended the meeting.