Islamabad: Prime Minister Justice R Mir Hazar Khan Khoso chaired a high level meeting at the Prime Minister House on Tuesday to review the progress made so far on the implementation of Aghaze Haqooqe Balochistan package.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Prime Minister’s secretariat, Planning Commission, Ministry of Communications and Balochistan government.
The Chief Secretary Balochistan Mr. Babar Fateh Yaqoob apprised the meeting of the salient features of Aghaze Haqooqe Balochistan and the status of their implementation. He apprised the Prime Minister on the prevailing law and order situation in the province and the challenges faced by provincial government in the maintenance of public order during general elections.
While dilating upon the Aghaze Haqooqe Balochistan Mr Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, Chief Secretary Balochistan, briefed the Prime Minister on progress made so far on various developmental projects in the province.
The Prime Minister was informed by Secretary Establishment Division that out of 7582 vacancies in the federal government available to persons holding Balochistan domicile 4561 have been filled so far while the process for filling the remaining 3021 vacancies is being taken up by Establishment Division.
He also briefed the Prime Minister on the policy of posting and transfer of officers of Pakistan Administrative Service PAS and Police Service of Pakistan PSP to Balochistan.
The meeting was informed that all prominent political parties had shown enthusiasm by filing nomination papers for participation in the elections.
The Prime Minister was also briefed on the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme. Presently 150 children from various districts of Balochistan were being educated in leading academic institutions of the country under the programme, fully funded by the federal government. Each student is also granted a stipend of Rs. 1500 per month.
Mr. Raghib Abbas Shah, Chairman WAPDA apprised the meeting on the progress made so far in the Kachi Canal project. He also apprised the meeting of the demand and supply position of electricity in the province as well as the efforts being made by WAPDA to keep load shedding to the minimum.
After a comprehensive discussion on various issues it was decided that a proposal be examined to increase the number of students under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme from 150 to 300. Similarly it was decided that recruitment to the vacant posts in Balochistan must be expedited.
The Planning Commission has also been asked to examine the possibility of arranging funds for timely completion of Kachi Canal project.