Foreign elements have their sights on Balochistan’s resources: PM Gilani
QUETTA: Prime Minister Gilani on Sunday said foreign elements had their sights on Balochistan’s resources, adding that he had given directions to the chief secretary of Balochistan to identify 35,000 graduates of the province to provide them jobs in government departments. He said 1,500 jobs in the federal Levies Force had already been provided to the people of Balochistan.
The prime minister was talking to a delegation of the PPP Balochistan, led by its provincial president Mir Sadiq Umrani, at the Governor House. The prime minister said 1,500 more jobs would also be given this year in the federal Levies Force to the people of Balochistan. He said the federal government would further recruit 10,000 youth in different departments, out of which 5,000 would be sent abroad after the requisition of required skills in their respective fields.
PM Gilani said that under the 7th National Finance Commission Award (NFC), the share of Balochistan had gone to Rs120 billion as compared to Rs40 billion in the past. He said the federal government had allocated Rs6 billion to provide scholarships to the youth of Balochistan and created opportunities for them to get education inprime institutions of the country. He said Rs5 billion would be provided to deserving and poor families of Balochistan. He said completion of the Kachhi canal would bring revolutionary change in the economy of Balochistan.
Prime Minister Gilani said Rs31 billion have been allocated for the Kachhi canal project and the full amount would be released this year for the completion of the project.The PM said Rs3.2 billion have been allocated this year to complete the road between Rato-Dero and Gwadar. “This road would help making Gwadar port operational and it will improve connectivity between three provinces,” the prime minister said.
He said that Rs1 billion have been allocated for the provision of natural gas to Chagai, adding that another Rs4.1 billion has been granted for the development of Sui and Kohlu.He said the people of Balochistan are very patriotic and talented, and they only need the opportunity for which the PPP was making hectic efforts.-APP
Our correspondent adds from Islamabad: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has decided that contrary to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s behaviour during Dr Hafeez Shaikh’s budget speech, the ruling party will not indulge in rowdiness, un-parliamentary, un-democratic and unethical behaviour during the budget speech of the Punjab finance minister.
This was decided in a meeting between MNA Faryal Talpur and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani here at the PM House on Sunday.Prime Minister Gilani reiterated that the PPP would not allow the derailment of democracy, for which the party and its founding fathers had rendered innumerable sacrifices. “We will not fall into the trap of undemocratic forces,” the premier added.
He asked the MPAs of the PPP and its coalition partners in the Punjab Assembly to fully participate in budget proceedings in accordance with best parliamentary practices.Meanwhile, Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain, called on Prime Minister Gilani and apprised him about developments in the petroleum sector and measures being taken to fulfil the deficiency in primary energy, gas and oil.
In the meeting, various projects being lunched by the government were reviewed. The minister informed the premier about the acquisition of pro-gas LPG terminal by SNGPL and SSGC, the early installation of synthetic air gas plants in the country and availability of cylinders to common people by state owned companies.The minister also apprised the prime minister on the progress of the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) and Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline projects.