The Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform has directed the government to explain before Committee the criteria adopted for incorporating adjustments in the projects and deletion of the development projects from the list of Public sector Development Program (PSDP). The committee was presided over by Senator Agha Shahzaib Khan Durrani at the Parliament on Monday.
The Committee discussed in detail the overall PSDP and considered recommendations of members on the proposed finance supplementary amendment bill 2018 relating to PSDP. Chairman of the Committee observed that all the projects have certain public significance and their deletion from the list would add to the hardships of the people, however, the mechanism adopted by the ministry concerned is ambiguous and there is need to adopt a holistic approach to prioritise the development plans as per public needs. The Committee sought details of the projects deleted from the list with reasons.
Senior officers of the P&D Division and other concerned departments gave a brief overview of the revised PSDP. The Committee was informed that projects related to water, power, FATA education and health would remain unchanged. However, the unapproved projects have been deleted. The Committee will discuss all the projects in its meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) to finalise recommendations.
The meeting was attended by Senators Rukhsana Zubairi, Gianchand and Kauda Babar. Senior officers of the relevant departments were also present.