September 25, 2018 (MLN): The Senate standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform has been informed that the projects related to water, power, FATA education and health in the revised Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), will remain unchanged.
The Committee meeting, presided over by Senator Agha Shahzaib Khan Durrani took place at the Parliament yesterday (Monday), and was attended by Senators Rukhsana Zubairi, Gianchand and Kauda Babar. Senior officers of the relevant departments were also present.
During the committee meeting, senior officers of the P&D Division and other concerned departments gave a brief overview of the revised PSDP. The Committee was further apprised that the unapproved projects have been deleted.
The Committee sought the government’s assistance in outlining the criteria for incorporating adjustments in the projects and deletion of the development projects from the list of Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).
The Committee discussed in detail the overall PSDP and considered the recommendations of the members on proposed finance supplementary amendment bill 2018 related to PSDP.
Senator Durrani opined that all the projects have certain public significance and their deletion from the list would add to the hardships of the people, however, the mechanism adopted by the ministry concerned is ambiguous and there is need to adopt a holistic approach to prioritize the development plans as per public needs.
The Committee is to discuss all the projects in its meeting today, to finalize recommendations.
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