Talks to News Paper Editors and assures to address their problems
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said that Balochistan Awami Party has neither announced nor decided to break away from the federal government.
‘We have put our concerns before the federal government. Our concerns are also in the knowledge of Prime Minister Imran Khan. If our protest is only for PSDP, then we will only talk about PSDP. We will not take any benefit in the garb of protest,’ CM maintained.
Federal Minister Asad Omar has assured that tenders for Balochistan projects will be issued in September this year and federal and provincial officials will hold monthly review meetings on the progress of the projects.
He said that the share of Balochistan in NFC is constitutionally protected and therefore provincial government doesn’t need to go for overdraft.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Balochistan Daily Newspapers’ Editor Council here on Tuesday. Chief Minister said that the province has always been mired in traditional politics and reforms or the infrastructure has never been given due heed.
It is not possible to move forward and win the interest of the federation without reforming governance structure, he said, adding that in the past there was a waste of funds and poor planning led to shortcomings in the development process. He said that the plans of 1997 are also incomplete till date. The present provincial government has allocated Rs 18 billion for the completion of incomplete schemes from 1997 to 2017, he added.
He said that in the past, schemes in which the Chief Minister and Ministers were interested were completed. If the Chief Minister does not step out of his constituency, the rest of the province will never develop because the Chief Minister belongs to the whole province and he has to look after the whole province.
The Chief Minister said that all sectors and all aspects are taken into consideration in the budget for the next financial year.
He said that such projects have been included which can be completed in maximum two years. If the system works, then everyone will benefit from it, he added.
The Chief Minister said that we are focusing on increasing our resources and revenue of the province. In the current financial year, our own resources have increased to a record Rs. 25 billion and in the next financial year a target of Rs 45 billion has been set for the year and necessary reforms have been implemented in ten revenue generating departments while the Board of Investment and Trade has been activated to increase investment, he said.
The finance ministry has invested Rs 64 billion which will generate a profit of Rs 9 billion annually. The Chief Minister said that the students of Balochistan are aware of the problems faced by them regarding online classes and the provincial government has taken immediate and comprehensive steps to address them. The Higher Education Commission will also be asked to postpone online classes for a month so that internet and communication connectivity in remote areas can be improved in the meantime, the Chief Minister said. He said that the development program for the next financial year includes plans to build about 4,000 km of roads in the province, plans to connect the tourist and historical places of the province with more than 1500 highways and make them accessible.
The Chief Minister also assured allocation of funds for social media while he was in Quetta. He also announced the provision of land for setting up of Media City where media houses would be provided facility for setting up of offices. The delegation thanked the Chief Minister for assuring him of resolving the issues facing the newspaper industry. Provincial Ministers Mir Zahoor Buledi and Mir Arif Jan Mohammad Hassani were also present on the occasion.