QUETTA – The Federal Minister for Planning and Development said on Thursday that Prime Minister Imran Khan was interested in the development of Balochistan and joint efforts had been made to ensure real change in the province.
He expressed this view when leading a special session at the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) held at the Quetta Governor’s House.
Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Alyani, Deputy Chairperson of the National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, Focal Person 19th COVID Faisal Sultan, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr. Rubaba Bulaidi, was also present at the occasion while the provincial secretary participated via a video link.
Expressing his satisfaction, Asad noted that the efforts of the federal and provincial governments to ensure compliance with guidelines and measures for public health & safety produced positive results and achieved extraordinary success against the deadly pandemic. But the minister warned that the next two weeks are very important because non-compliance with a pandemic SOP could have a serious impact.
Asad Umer stressed that all stakeholders must try to raise awareness of the masses about adherence to SOP / Zabta-e-Ikhlaq for the cattle market, Eid Al Azha and Muharram. Balochistan CM Jam Kamal Khan Alyani on that occasion appreciated NCOC for holding a provincial session for better coordination and understanding of important issues.
“NCOC has played an important role in inter-provincial coordination, resource development and distribution of critical health care equipment and capacity building for health care,” he said.
The Federal Minister said an effective Finance Commission in Punjab would be formed
Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar said on Thursday that based on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s instructions to form Provincial Finance Commissions in the provinces, an effective commission would be formed in Punjab.
Chairing a meeting to discuss the issue of the Provincial Finance Commission here, the minister said that the Provincial Finance Commission was performing very efficiently which was formed by the previous PTI government in the KP.
The meeting discussed and discussed in detail the problem of forming a Financial Commission in Punjab.
Given the successful implementation and experience of the provincial financial commission in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, concrete recommendations were made to bring an effective provincial Finance Commission in Punjab.
It was also decided at the meeting that within one month, after mutual consultations between the two provinces, another meeting would be held where a final action plan would be prepared taking into account all suggestions.
Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht, Finance Minister KP Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Planning Secretary, Provincial Finance Secretary and senior officials were also present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Asad Umar on Thursday warned that the next 10 days were very important and community neglect could hamper the positive trend of corona cases in the country.
“In today’s National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) meeting with all Principal Secretaries, it was emphasized that the next 10 days are very important,” Asad Umar said in a tweet.
The minister who also chaired NCOC meetings asked people to strictly follow the precautionary steps to avoid spreading the corona virus during the Eid shopping at the market, the sacrificial animal market, and especially on the Eid day.
“If we don’t observe precautions during these days, the downward trend in the case of corona can once again change the opposite,” he added.
In another tweet, the minister said that he held an NCOC session in Quetta, organized by Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan.
He acknowledged the increase in the positive ratio in Balochistan and also appreciated the leadership given by the Chief Minister.
It was emphasized that continued efforts and even increased contact tracking and testing would be very important, he added.