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PM for according significance to climate resilience in Balochistan hydro projects

PM for according significance to climate resilience in Balochistan hydro projects
December 26, 2023 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (APP) - Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Tuesday stressed upon focusing on the climate resilience and climate finance aspects in all the water projects of Balochistan province and reiterated that progress and prosperity of the people of province were among the top priorities of the government.

The caretaker prime minister chaired a review meeting on the important matters pertaining to Balochistan province. The meeting was attended by Caretaker Chief Minister Ali Mardan Domki, Balochistan Education Minister Dr Qadir Baloch, Chief Secretary Shakeel Qadir, Caretaker Federal Minister for Planning Sami Saeed, Federal Minister for Law and Water Resources Irfan Aslam and other relevant senior officials.

The prime minister further directed for expediting the matters related to the construction of two-lane highway from Khuzdar to Karachi and observed that with its construction, the different parts of the country would get an alternate leeway, besides strengthening of the linkages. He also asked for an immediate resolution of the financial issues faced by the universities in the province.

The caretaker prime minister directed for constitution of inter-provincial committee with regard to matters of Kachhi Canal project and the inclusion of caretaker minister for planning and caretaker chief ministers of Punjab and Balochistan provinces as its members. The committee would be tasked to finalize proposals about the restoration and expansion of the canal. A directive was also issued for the construction of check dams to utilize water from the hilly rivulets and streams and protection of Kachhi Canal and Pet Feeder from the hilly torrents.

The caretaker prime minister ordered for formulation of a comprehensive mechanism over registration and fitness of vehicles in the province in collaboration with the National Highways and Motorways Police and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

The meeting was apprised that for holding of free and fair elections in the province, the caretaker provincial government was taking all possible steps and in this regard, all the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan were being implemented.

The meeting was also apprised of the mechanism for enhancing the tax and non-tax revenues in the province and it was added that the tax revenue collection system was being digitalized. A briefing was also given over the steps taken for industry status to the mining sector.