QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that coalition government was committed to bring a tangible change in agri-sector as it was the main stay of economy of the province.
“Government would utilize all funds transparently for the development of all sectors in Balochistan, including that of agriculture and this time the government is accountable to the people but it should not be blamed for the mistakes committed by previous governments,” he expressed these views, addressing a seminar organized by Balochistan Zamindar Action Committee, here on Tuesday.
Chief Minister said the issues of farmers are genuine which are being given due focus as agri-sector could bring a huge change in the province once it was put on right direction. “In order to address the load-shedding I personally monitoring the work on Dadu-Khuzdar and DI- Loralai Transmission Lines,” he added.
He said that a project of 300 MW solar energy had been chalked out with Korean company which would be installed in Kuchlak area that would help minimize load-shedding. “Government would also help convert tube-wells to solar energy,” Chief Minister added.
He said that Rs 5 billion had been allocated for purchase of bulldozers, adding that government would also help farmers to install date and other fruits packing systems in the province.
Balochistan National Party (Mengal) leader Janzaib Jamaldini criticized central government for hoodwinking the province by planting all power houses at the borders of the province, including that of Hubco projects and new Gadani Power Project. He said that Balochistan itself produces 2300-MW electricity from but in return it was getting 600-MW which is sheer injustice.
He said that power plant should be installed in Chamalang where huge coal reserves were located, adding that the government accord deal with other countries to introduce solar energy and develop other sectors in Balochistan.
Other speakers, including Abdul Qadir Loani of JUI-Ideology and Abdul Rehman of Zamindar Action Committee said that Balochistan had faced long drought in 1990s that inflicted Rs 600 billion losses to it.
They demanded of the government to end long hours of load-shedding, convert tube-wells with solar energy and make dams to recharge ground water.
By Staff Reporter
Published in The Balochistan Point on January 29, 2014