ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Monday said that federal and provincial authorities would closely work together to finalise the development programme for southern districts at the earliest.
“The federal government component of the programme will be finalised and implemented on a fast track basis,” the minister said while talking to Balochistan government ministers during a meeting in Turbat.
The meeting is part of Umar’s two-day visit to the Southern districts of the province.
He also held a meeting with public representatives, activists and members of civil society, where he was apprised about the issues faced by the residents of the area.
Various speakers highlighted the need for improvement of road and electricity infrastructures, provision of internet connectivity, setting up of fruit/date processing units, and improvement of sports facilities.
He said that it was the prime minister’s vision to develop the most underdeveloped regions and to bring them at par with relatively more developed regions which is why he had given directions that focus on Balochistan’s development.
“My visit is part of the premier’s vision and plan,” he added.
The minister was also given an ariel view of Turbat, Mandh, Buleda, and the command area of Mirani Dam in addition to being briefed on the existing road connectivity as well as further requirements in this regard.