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No excuse will be tolerated in timely completion of development projects: Dr Abdul Malik Baloch

QUETTA:  Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that no excuse and pretext would be tolerated in timely completion of projects on the track for development of the province and welfare of its masse.

“Officers should change their behavior and come up with better performance and results,” he added.

He expressed these views while chairing a meeting to review Annual Development Programme at CM’s Secretariat, here on Tuesday.  Provincial Ministers, including Dr Hamid Khan Achakzai, Mir Sarfizad Bugti, Sheik Jaffar Khan Mandokhel, Sardar Aslam Bezinjo, Sardar Mustafa Tareen, Financial Adviser Mir Khalid Langov, Chief Secretary Saifullah Chatta, Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Ali Zaheer Hazara and secretaries of other concerned departments were present in the meeting.

The secretaries of different departments briefed the meeting in detail about the progress of various projects, commenced under Annual Development Programmes of 2013-14, PC-1s, approval of schemes from Planning and Development and Finance Department, issuance of funds, implementation of schemes and the process of tenders.

The meeting was informed that under a project, 2500 CCTV cameras would be installed in different entrance and exit points of Quetta to improve law and order and ensure security of the masses.

It may be mentioned here that the project of installation of CCTV Cameras in Quetta city linked with IT would be the biggest project of its nature throughout the country to curb incidents of crimes. The consultancy of project is being made by NESPAK which is in its final phase and soon its tenders would be sought.

Referring to purchase of bulldozers for Agriculture Department, the meeting was told that tenders would be sought next month for the purchase of bulldozers, and the first phase of dredging work of Pasni Fish Harbour which was dysfunctional has been started.

Meeting was told that for the construction of Musakhel, Dargh  and Tunsa Road 60 per cent funds would be provided by federal and 40 per cent by provincial government, and after completion of this project not only distance between Balochistan and Punjab would reduce but the time of transporters would also be saved.

The meeting was informed about progress of schemes of departments, including that of Planning and Development, Education, Finance, Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Balochistan Development Authority, Sports, Culture, Tourism and Archeology.

Chief Minister said that implementation of 54 per cent of the budget is the responsibility of Communication Department and a minor negligence on the part of said department could affect development programmes.  He directed that Communication Department should to strive hard to complete PC-1s of its department and legal formalities. “No excuse and unjustified delay would be tolerated on the part of any departments, and indiscriminate action would be taken against officers,” Baloch warned.

He directed the secretaries and other officers to complete the projects as soon as possible, as the people could no more afford any delay, and expressed his resentment over unjustified delay of projects of Apple, Olive, Chalgoza nursery and Date packing of Agriculture department.

Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch also took notice of substandard work of construction of rest-house of Industry and Commerce department and leveling of land of Gwadar Industrial Zone. He directed secretaries concerned to inspect the area and present the report within one week.

Chief Minister sought report from Mineral and Mining Department about taxes collected in the head of mining from Chagai, Muslim Bagh, Nhal and other areas and about development works done by department for the welfare of those areas after collecting taxes.  He also expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance of technical centers of different districts in development of human resources and imparting technical education.

He directed education department for mapping of facilities provided in all government educational institutions and find out ghost schools. He also directed authorities concerned for taking fast step to implement the project of computerizing all the record of Revenue Department.

Chief Minister assured that no hurdle would be tolerated in the way of development projects of this poor and backward province, adding that contrary to the post no corruption and delaying tactics would be endured.

He directed whole secretaries to remain in field ten days each month to practically inspect the pace and quality of projects and present reports after their visits.

Staff Reporter

Published in The Balochistan Point on October 29, 2014

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