Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Fateh Yaqoob apprised the meeting about the salient features of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan and the implementation process. He apprised the Prime Minister about the prevailing law and order situation in the province and the challenges faced by the provincial government in maintaining the public order during the upcoming general elections.
While dilating upon the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan further Babar briefed the Prime Minister on progress made so far on various developmental projects in the province. The PM was informed by the Secretary Establishment Division that out of 7582 vacancies in the federal government available to persons holding Balochistan domicile, a total of 4561 had been filled so far while the process for filling the remaining 3021 vacancies was being taken up by the 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 Premier also got a briefing on the Scholarship Programme. He was informed that currently, 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 was also getting a stipend of Rs 1500 per month.
Raghib Abbas Shah, Chairman WAPDA, apprised the meeting on the progress over the Kachi Canal project. He also provided details about the demand and supply position of electricity in the province as well as the efforts being made by WAPDA to minimize the load-shedding. After a comprehensive discussion on various issues, it was decided in the meeting that a proposal would 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 was also directed to examine the possibility of arranging funds for timely completion of Kachi Canal project. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Prime Minister’s secretariat, Planning Commission, Ministry of Communications.—APP