Quetta, The Chief Minister’s Policy Reform Unit (CMPRU) has launched various research publications on development vision of Balochistan.
This was stated at seminar held at a local hotel in which Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch was the chief guest. The research publications include Balochistan mapping of rural settlements, state of public finance in Balochistan 2004-14, Post-18th Amendment legislative agenda, proposed Balochistan development vision and strategy and State of school education in Balochistan.
The research publications were prepared by a team of young economists under the supervision of renowned economist Dr Kaiser Bengali who is the head of CMPRU and also serving as an Advisor to Balochistan Government on Economic Affairs. The research project was co-funded by UNDP.
Speaker Balochistan Assembly Jan Muhammad Jamali, Dr Hamid Achakzai, Minister for Planning & Development, Corp Commander Quetta Lt General Nasir Janjua, Dr Ishaq Baloch, Policy Coordinator CMPRU, Chief Secretary Balochistan Saifullah Chattha and others spoke on the occasion while a large number of representatives from provincial institutions, political party workers and others attended the ceremony.
The Chief Minister Balochistan in his key note address appreciated the team of researchers on their remarkable work and directed the chief secretary to prepare implementation strategy for those policy recommendations.
He said that the 18th Amendment was a sort of silent revolution for provincial autonomy that had shifted a number of responsibilities from federal government to provincial authority. “It has become the responsibility of provincial government to provide employment, social development, health, education facilities and basic infrastructure to its masses.”
He said that provinces would have to amend a number of laws and enforce new laws and rules to utilize the powers shifted to them after 18th Amendment. Balochistan government is already working on it seriously.
He said that the research publications had identified the line of action for provincial government to achieve the goal of development in the light of 18th Amendment. He said that work had been started on roads, education and health facilities in the remote areas.
He also said that his party and government would make all out efforts for the prosperity and development of Balochistan. He said that he was against the encroachments on 18th Amendment and would make all efforts to secure the provincial autonomy given to the provinces after a long struggle of parliament and all major political parties including the National Party of Balochistan, he added.
Dr Kaiser Bengali, head of CMPRU, gave a detailed presentation on proposed development vision for Balochistan. He said: “There are 1.5 million families in the province and the creation of 1.5 million jobs is not a big deal for the government.”
He said that government could implement their research publications to establish fishing industry, coal mine industry, exploration of natural resources, dry fruit industry, making communication links between the districts and tehseels and many other scientific ways could be used for the development of Balochsitan.
Mehnaz Hafeez, research officer CMPRU, gave presentation on mapping of rural settlements through GIS. The whole team of CMPRU got high appreciation from every speaker and the participants on their great work.