PM Khan announces southern Balochistan package

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – July 6, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan said, on Monday, that the incumbent regime is ensuring proper road network, that the industrial development provides employment along-with implementation of measures to ensure agricultural development takes place with the provision of basic amenities in southern Balochistan.

According to a press release, the premier chaired a meeting in Gwadar on the progress on the southern Balochistan development package and addressed the signing ceremony of development projects and memoranda of understanding.

He said that the development of Balochistan is one of the top priorities of the incumbent regime and that for the first time in history, a government is focusing on Balochistan, a province rich in natural resources and talented manpower.

PM Khan promised, “One window operation is going to be launched to facilitate investors” adding “Development projects in Gwadar guarantee the development of the people of Balochistan.”

The meeting was given a detailed briefing on the progress on the historic Balochistan package under the incumbent regime’s vision of focusing on Balochistan.

It was informed in the briefing that federal and provincial agencies are jointly monitoring the ongoing work on the package and ensuring priority completion of projects.

It was further informed that out of the total package of Rs 654 billion, Rs 99.38 billion will be spent in fiscal year (FY) 2022, these include construction of transport infrastructure, water supply and protection, agriculture and livestock, information technology (IT), energy, industry and trade, manpower and education as well as other development projects.

A total of 1,100 kilometres (km) of road network is being laid in the package which will help the people of Balochistan to move easily as well as bring agricultural commodities to the markets.

The package includes the construction of 7 large dams and about 100 small dams to store water. Ankara, Saud and Shadi corps dams will help ensure clean water supply in Gwadar.

The water supply for the improvement of irrigation system and agriculture will be a means of assisting in the implementation of the agricultural transformation plan and increasing agricultural production.

In addition, the meeting was informed that under the package, the existing power supply will be increased from 12 percent to 57 percent whereas the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will be ensured.

At least 25,000 children are being educated under the resource, while cadet colleges in Gwadar and Kharan and universities for women in Turbat, Pishin and Khuzdar are also included in the plan.

The meeting was also informed that 640,000 children will be able to benefit from distance education.

More than 5,000 families have also been financially supported under the scheme, while a survey is underway for another 20,000 families.

Under the digital Balochistan, digital connectivity will be improved in Ketch, Gwadar, Chaghi and Noshki, provision of high speed internet along major highways and provision of digital skills to 35,000 youth under Agnite programme.

For industry and trade, common border markets at Gubad, Mand and Chidgi will be established along with dates processing plants at Vishwak, Mashkeel and Turbat, international quality marble industries, olive oil plant at Khuzdar, innovative and stable boat building industry at Gwadar. The meeting was also informed about the plans to supply modern mining machinery.

PM Khan inaugurated the Gwadar free zone, the expo centre and the agricultural industrial park, as well as three factories.

The ceremony witnessed the signing of agreements on solarisation and desalination plant to solve water and electricity problems in Gwadar.

The briefing was attended by Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjarani, Balochistan chief minister (CM) Jam Kamal, federal ministers Asad Umar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, Ali Zaidi, Zubeida Jalal, special assistant Shahbaz Gul, national security advisor (NSA) Moeed Yousaf.

China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority (CPEC-A) chairman lieutenant general (Lt. Gen.) (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa, provincial ministers and concerned senior officers also attended.