The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Thursday approved as many as 8 projects costing Rs 4.7 billion while referring four other projects worth Rs 32.9 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for approval. The CDWP met with Ahsan Iqbal in the chair at P-Block Auditorium of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.
The meeting discussed 14 development projects relating to physical planning & housing, health, transport & communications, water resources, education, energy, governance, culture sports & tourism, information technology and higher education sectors.
The CDWP approved projects for provision of health insurance (social health protection) to poor people of District Gilgit costing Rs 173 million, and integration of health services delivery with special focus on maternal new-born and child health (MNCH), Lady Health Workers (LHW) and nutrition programme worth Rs 22.8 billion for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Improvement and reconditioning of Noseri Leswa By-Pass Road length 52 kms district Muzaffarabad/ Neelum (AJ&K) worth Rs 965 million; improvement, metalling and blacktopping of Authmuqam Karen By-Pass Road length 40 kms district Muzaffarabad/Neelum (AJK), costing Rs 842 million, and construction of flyover at Koyla Phatak, Quetta at a cost of Rs 1.4 billion.
The CDWP meeting also approved Balochistan Small Scale Irrigation (BSSIP) Project, costing Rs 2.2 billion along with a project for the Establishment and Operation of Basic Education Community Schools in the Country (2012-16), costing Rs 6.2 billion.
The meeting also gave concept approval of technology park development project at Islamabad, costing Rs 5.4 billion to help improve performance of the country in information technology sector. The CDWP also approved project of culture, sports and tourism joint institution co-operation between Pakistan and Norway, costing Rs 162 million, and a project for Establishment of Main Campus of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology at Islamabad at a cost of Rs 644 million.
The meeting also approved project for reforms and innovation in government worth Rs 793 million under which reform agenda of the government would be pursued through Innovation and Reform Group in next 5 years. For this purpose, an Innovation Fund will be established with Rs 250 million to encourage innovative projects for the welfare of people. Steps would be taken to outline reform agenda to improve upon service delivery of the government sectors through civil service reforms and consultation with the provinces in the post-18th Amendment scenario.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said, “government machinery is not capable to tackle new challenges of the global era. We need government machinery in line with the new management principles to facilitate and serve our people efficiently, which is not possible without reforms in the governance model.”
While discussing the projects, Ahsan Iqbal asked the university authorities to establish linkage with all the universities teaching Urdu language world-wide. He directed them to enter into agreements with these universities regarding teachers training and provision of quality teachers for their faculty, so as to present a softer image world-wide through promotion of Urdu language. He also emphasised that quality research works and books should be translated into Urdu at a fast pace.
Chairman CDWP chided the CDA authorities at presenting an odd architectural design for the extension of Parliament House building, and directed them to present again a revised plan in harmony with the existing structure of parliament building after the approval of speaker National Assembly and chairman Senate, as both National Assembly and Senate are the stakeholders in any project for the extension of parliament house building.
He asked the authorities to present per capita space available in the existing parliament house building by drawing comparison with the per capita space available in parliament house buildings of other countries in the world.
Author: Naveed Butt
Source: Business Recorder