ISLAMABAD, While addressing a meeting on Development Programme held here Thuesday at the PM s House under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, the Prime Minister said that energy and water, balanced regional development and poverty reduction and job creation should be development strategy during the current PSDP, 2012-13.
The Prime Minister also gave the direction to the Planning Commission to complete the ongoing projects which are near completion and carry maximum social impact.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the projects like Chashma Right Bank Canal (lift irrigation), Kachhi Canal, Greater Thal Canal, Quetta Water Supply project, Layari Expressway, Ratodero-Gawadar road, Lawari Tunnel and Munda Dam, should be given priority because of the enormous impact on agriculture, energy sector, connectivity and the huge potential of agro-based industries throughout the country.
The Finance Minister said that the size of last year PSDP was Rs. 300 billion and about more than 200 projects were completed with hundred percent utilization of allocated funds. The size of the current PSDP is Rs. 360 billion and the development projects will be executed in the light of the vision of the Prime Minister.
The Minister said that the major projects which were near completion were Mangla Dam Raising project, Gomal Zam Dam, Chashma Nuclear Power Plant, Jinnah Hydropower project, Gawadar-Hoshab-Ratodero road, Lawari Tunnel and raising of Balochistan constabulary.
In order to monitor the completion of ongoing projects, it was decided in the meeting that the executing agencies would submit report to the Planning Commission every month regarding the progress on the projects in hand.
It was also decided that the milestones achieved to complete projects of national importance be clearly incorporated in the implementation reports.
It was also decided in the meeting that the operationalization of the completed projects should be clearly stated with a view to ascertain their efficiency and sustainability.
The meeting also decided that coordination mechanism among the Ministries should be evolved to ascertain the cost-effectiveness of the projects so completed The meeting was attended by Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Finance, Dr. Nadeem ul Haq, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Abdul Wajid Rana, Secretary Finance, Chairman, WAPDA, Chairman, NHA and other senior officials