QUETTA: While encouraging Balochistan Government budget allocation for reforms, reorganisations of institutions and education world Bank has assured full cooperation in the fields of agriculture, irrigation, livestock and girls education.
This assurance was give by Country Director World Bank in Pakistani Rasheed Binmassud at his meeting with Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch here Thursday.
Chief Secretary Saifullah Chatha told that steps and planning was being made to bring reforms in provincial departments, education, health, livestock and storage of rain water. He said with sustainable development in the above said projects people can benefit and change can be bought in their lifestyle.
Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch told World Bank delegation that people in the province have pinned hoped from their elected representatives that provincial government would take concrete measures for providing them better education, health facilities and raising their lifestyle and making it prosperous. However so long they benefit fruits of democracy their confidence in democracy would not restore. It is desire of coalition government people of Balochistan should also enjoy facilities of 21 st century which the developed world was benefitting.
He said 80 percent population’s mainstay is on agriculture but in vast area of the province underground water table has depleted to a dangerous level. In the absence of dams rain water goes waste. QESCO, Provincial and federal governments provide subsidy to 30 thousand agri tube wells. Owing to energy crisis in the country agriculture sector has reached to the brink fo collapse. In mineral sector owing to ancient and traditional mining over 70 percent minerals was wasted. Government was also facing problems in the health sector while more than 2.3 million girls and boys are out of schools.
Dr Malik Baloch said our difficulties are numerous while resources are extremely limited. He said there is need for dams for storing rain water in Balochistan but owing to our limited resources are unable to do so. We are taking measures for phase wise transfer of agri tube wells on solar energy, taking health and education facilities to all the people but doe to meager resources are faced with lot of difficulties.
He said if international community extends assistance for the dams, energy, agriculture, education, health, livestock, minerals and fisheries sectors we can make speedy progress.
He asked World Bank to extend cooperation to enhance performance of local bodies as these are bases of democracy and government desires to devolve service oriented departments to local bodies representatives.
Speaking on the occasion country Director World Bank Rasheed Binmassud said people of Balochistan are poor but not the province. it is not only future of Pakistan but its role would be extremely significant for trade in the region and development owing to economic corridor.
He termed government allocation for education and reforms and reorganisations in different institutions as sincerity and people- friendly policy. He expressed the hope that government policies and measures would continue. He siad World Bank is interested in agriculture, girls education, agriculture and livestock sectors development so that people living improves and vast opportunities for employment are available. He asked provincial government should prepare plans for these sectors improvement. World Bank would provide funds for these on priority basis.