A CDWP meeting presided over by the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, cleared two development projects with a cost of Rs. 3.37 billion, and recommended three projects worth Rs. 402.305 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for further consideration.
Senior officials from Planning Commission and Federal Ministries/Divisions also participated in the meeting while representatives from Provincial Governments participated through video conferences.
Projects related to Governance, Physical Planning & Housing, Transport & Communications, and Education were considered in the meeting.
A project related to Governance was presented in the meeting, namely “Establishment of Public Financial Management Unit (PFMU) and Program Support Unit (PSU) in Finance Department and Planning and Development (P&D) Board respectively under Punjab Resources Improvement and Digital Effectiveness (PRIDE) Program,” worth Rs. 86,784.88 million, which was then recommended to ECNEC for further approval.
The program aims to increase own sources revenue and improve the reliability of resources allocations and access to digital services for people and firms in the Province.
The program primarily addresses three challenges:
(a) fiscal risk management
(b) revenue mobilization
(c) expenditure management through better use of information system.
A project related to Physical Planning & Housing was presented in the meeting, namely “1.2 MGD R.O.D Plant (Chinese Grant),” worth Rs. 2,123.986 million, which was approved by the CDWP forum.
Two projects related to Transport & Communication presented in the meeting, namely “Construction of Dir Motorway,” worth Rs. 38,991.382 million, and “Peshawar D.I Khan Motorway (360 KM),” worth Rs. 276,529.496 million. The projects were referred to ECNEC for further approval. Both roads will considerably reduce the traffic congestion and delays issues on the said routes and will provide the fastest route for the people moving with the region and beyond.
A project related to the Education sector was presented in the meeting, namely “Establishment of Directorate General of Religious Education,” worth Rs. 1,253.420 million, was approved in the forum.
The main objective of the project is to mainstream religious education in Pakistan by registering all Madaris of Pakistan with the M/o FE&PT, Islamabad, and facilitate them to introduce the contemporary subjects from SSC/HSSC in the next 5 years.
CDWP also approved one position paper, namely “Pandemic Response Effectiveness Project for COVID-19,” worth Rs. 810.396 million.