Legislators approve 36 ongoing projects conditionally

Ijaz Kakakhel

A legislative body of Upper House of parliament on Tuesday after a threadbare discussion unanimously approved 36 ongoing developmental projects conditionally under Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).

The Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, which met today at parliament house while Senator Dr Muhammad Humayun Mohmand was in chair. The committee held a detailed discussion regarding the scrutinization of the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) proposed by the Ministry of NHSR&C for the next financial year 2023-2024.

The committee was briefed in detail on the status of various projects under PSDP, including cost, duration, throw-forward and projected demand. After approval of 36 ongoing projects, the committee also decided to visit the ongoing projects in August this year to learn about their status after completion.

The Ministry failed to satisfy the Panel with its proposed 14 new projects for the year 2023-2024. The Chair showed displeasure over the non-provision of the details of the new projects and asked the Ministry to provide the list of projects priority-wise with full details in the next meeting. The Committee also showed intent to call representatives of PWD in the next meeting.

The members while thoroughly discussing the proposed projects gave their suggestions/recommendations pertaining to the different schemes of the Ministry.

The Committee was also informed about the schemes related to the installation and operation of MRI Machines in different government hospitals in the Capital.