No bar on IDPs entry into Balochistan: CM

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Baloch has said that there is no restriction on the entrance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan in Balochistan; however, no IDP has formally entered into the province. The chief minister said that if they do, his government would not only set up makeshift camps for them but would also provide all possible facilities to them. During the session of the assembly on Tuesday, Chief Minister Baloch said that notwithstanding all the weaknesses and flaws, the law and order, health, education and other sectors of the province have improved considerably. He said that due to the limited resources, an ideal budget cannot be presented, however, funds have been allocated for all the basic and important sectors. “We are lagging behind the African nations in the health and education sector,” Baloch said and added that equipment worth Rs 1 billion has been purchased to improve the condition of hospitals in the province. In the next fiscal year, he said, machinery worth Rs 2 billion would be purchased. He said that the federal government has provided 100% of the PSDP funds to the province for the first time for which the provincial government is grateful. “Even today I stand by the decision of not using the secret fund.” The chief minister said that the criticism and the proposal of the members would be reviewed. He said the development fund of Balochistan is only Rs 50 billion, which is insufficient to meet the demands of everyone. Praising the law and order situation, the chief minister did admit that the government still lags far behind in achieving the MDGs in education sector. 

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