Govt announces Rs600b package for South Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umnar announced on Thursday that the government would spend Rs 600 billion on development projects of nine districts of Southern Balochistan during next three years to improve living standard of local people.

Out of the total, the federal government will provide Rs 540 billion, while the rest would be spent by the Balochistan government.

Addressing a press briefing here along with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, Minister for Defense Production Zubaida Jalal, and Minister for Communication Murad Saeed, he said the government would also engage the private sector in some development projects in the area.

He said this package was prepared under special direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan who had firm belief on raising the weak segment of society.

“The country’s historic package has been prepared with an integrated strategy to ensure that people belonging to all segment of society  should get benefit from this package,” he added.

The minister hoped that after completion of this programme, the most impoverished area of the country would see prosperity and it would become practical example of PM Imran Khan’s vision of Naya Pakistan.

In the past, he said the approach of allocating money for development projects was different and that was not integrated, however now “we have embarked upon a new system under which all the sectors and ministries will be engaged collectively." - APP ~�@