Lahore—Punjab Planning & Development Department, with the technical assistance from UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) funded Sub-National Governance Programme organized a workshop to kick-start the formulation of Punjab Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2016-17. A wide array of senior planning officers from various departments including P&D, Health, Education, Livestock & Dairy Development, Mines and Mineral, Information & Culture, LG&CD, Punjab Economic Research Institute and others participated in the workshop.
The ADP was one of the key instruments of for translating the government’s vision and mission of Growth into development projects and schemes for its citizens. The workshop involved presenting Government of Punjab development priorities i.e. Punjab Growth Strategy 2014-2018 to departments, including health, education, agriculture, industries, etc. for their guidance and for development of projects that best corresponded to the government’s commitment to achieve provincial growth of 7-8%, create job opportunities for 1 million people, provide skills to 2 million youth and to deliver quality public services to the citizens of Punjab.
Secretary P&D Department, Iftikhar Sahoo, introduced the participants to thechanging planning paradigm and imperatives for ADP 2016-17. He explained that the workshop was an important step towards operationalization of Punjab’s Growth Strategy; wherebygovernment representatives from each sector were being afforded the opportunity toidentify development projects that were aligned with government priorities and addressed the needs of the citizens, including those who are poor and marginalized.He also advised the participants to best utilize the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with other colleagues, especially those from the Finance Department, on operational issues and challenges being faced by the officials during development, implementation and management of development projects.