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National Assembly Committee Calls for Enhanced Transparency in Development Projects

Islamabad: Syed Abdul Qadir Gillani, Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, has underscored the necessity for heightened transparency in the management of Public Sector Development Projects (PSDP). This emphasis was laid during the committee’s latest meeting aimed at fostering equitable national development.

According to National Assembly of Pakistan, the meeting convened on July 9, 2024, at Parliament House, where Chairman Gillani directed that the committee be regularly updated on any adjustments within the PSDP. He stressed the importance of clear and transparent provincial distribution of development projects, ensuring fair resource allocation across regions.

Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, highlighted the “5 E” framework essential for Pakistan’s growth focusing on Exports-led growth, E-Pakistan, Environment and Climate Change, Energy, and Equity, Ethics, and Empowerment. He emphasized that peace, political stability, and policy continuity are critical for the country’s prosperity.

The session also addressed significant concerns, including the decline of Karachi’s industrial sector due to the ongoing energy crisis, and identified corruption as a key factor in the delay of public sector projects. The committee advocated for completing existing projects over starting new ones to avoid cost overruns and ensure timely delivery. Furthermore, it discussed regional disparities, particularly in South Punjab’s development.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and Development provided an overview of the ministry’s functions, clarifying its role in the coordination and planning, while implementation remains the responsibility of respective ministries. However, the ministry oversees the monitoring and evaluation of these projects.

Additionally, the committee was briefed on the status of the Pakistan Public Works Department (PWD), which is currently undergoing dissolution. Representatives from PWD are expected to update on ongoing projects soon.

The meeting was well-attended by members including Ms. Naz Baloch, Maj. (R) Tahir Iqbal, and several other MNAs, demonstrating a collective commitment to addressing these crucial issues for Pakistan’s development.