A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, under the chairmanship on Senator Saleem Mandviwalla was held here at Parliament House today, on Tuesday
The Chairman emphasized a more robust role of the committee with regards to recommendations to be incorporated in the PSDP Budget. The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs has assured us that our recommendations will be considered for the next financial year, maintained Senator Saleem Mandviwalla. The Committee was briefed on development projects by various ministries
Senator Tahir Bizinjo added that the PSDP has no plan for Baluchistan, keeping in view the development of Baluchistan, establishment of new higher education institutions are need of the hour. New projects related to health should also be included but both are not a part PSDP for next financial year, added Senator Tahir Bizinjo. Commenting on the reservations of Senator Tahir Bizinjo, the Secretary Planning and Development said that Baluchistan has the highest number of projects in the Prime Minister's Regional Development Project, Karam Tangi Dam is also included in PSDP, he added.
IG Motorway Police Kaleem Imam also briefed the committee and said that funding for 5 projects was requested out of which 3 have been approved. There are 6 new motorway projects in Pakistan.
Senator Fida Muhammad also put forward the recommendations for the province of KPK, DI khan motorway completion, Baram Road, N45 area and the inclusion of Tribal areas in CPEC. The committee directed for the submission of the copy of the recommendations to the the officials for consideration and to prepare a reply and present before the committee in the next meeting.
The Committee was also briefed on PSDP allocation for Gilgit Baltistan and AJK. The official said that the budget has been allocated in consultation with relevant stakeholders. The funds have been given according to the implementation capacity of Kashmir and GB government. The development budget for Azad Kashmir is 28 Billion Rupees.
The briefing by the Senior Joint Secretary of the cabinet Division before the committee was unsatisfactory and the secretary cabinet division was asked to show attendance in the next meeting to give brief on the allocations of funds.
The committee sought recommendations, from its members for further consideration and implementation by 12:30 tomorrow.