ISLAMABAD: The meeting of the National Economic Council, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair, on Thursday approved the ‘Pakistan Vision 2025’ plan.
The meeting also approved Annual Plan 2013-14 and proposed Annual Plan for 2014-15.
Briefing the NEC, Federal Minister for Planning and Development outlined the seven pillars of Vision 2025. Those are: putting people first; developing human and social capital; achieving sustained, indigenous and inclusive growth; governance, institutional reform and modernisation of the public sector; energy, water and food security; private sector-led growth and entrepreneurship, developing a competitive knowledge economy through value addition and modernisation of transportation infrastructure and greater regional connectivity.
The prime minister told the meeting, “This vision is our development roadmap. Pakistan will grow as this vision will ensure best usage of our resources as is done by developed countries.”
The NEC allowed the Planning Commission to publish the details of the summary in the form of a document titled ‘Pakistan Vision 2025’ for public information and directed ministries/provinces/special areas and public sector agencies to make concerted efforts in coordination with ministry of planning, development and reforms to effectively implement the proposed plan.
Moreover, the Planning Commission was authorised to hold regular monitoring of progress to translate the vision into reality through a performance delivery unit against key performance indicators and approved the framework for 11th five year plan within the perspective of Vision 2025.
The NEC discussed and approved the Annual Plan 2013-14 and the proposed Annual Plan for 2014-15. The meeting also discussed Public Sector Development Programme 2013-14 and the proposed PSDP for 2014-15.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal presented a comparative study of the PSDP achievements of 2013-14 and targets set for 2014-15. The meeting approved the proposals for PSDP allocations for 2014-15. NEC also approved the allocations for Diamer Bhasha Dam, Karachi Coastal Power Project, Dasu Hydropower Project, Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project, Chashma NPP, Jamshoro Power Project, Tarbela Extension IV Project, Nandipur Power Project, Chichon ki Malyan Power Project, Gomal Zam Project, Kurram Tangi Dam and Golan Gol Hydropower Project.
Citing the significant allocations for the power projects, the prime minister said that it shows the seriousness and commitment of the government towards alleviating the power scarcity. He said that the government has released Rs 37 billion for Diamer-Bhasha Dam in one calendar year in order to expedite the project. Infrastructure projects including Lahore-Karachi Motorway, Hasanabdal-Havelian-Mansehra Road project, Peshawar Northern Bypass, Raikot-Islamabad project, Gawadar Airport, Gawadar Free Economic Zone and construction of jetty and infrastructure development at Gaddani Power Park also received approval of the NEC. Feasibility study for construction of Havelian-Raikot railway line was also approved. The prime minister said that Rs 53.5 billion is the land acquisition cost of the Lahore- Karachi Motorway of which Rs 25.5 billion have already been released.
The NEC approved construction of a cancer hospital in Islamabad. The prime minister directed to prepare plan for constructing a cancer hospital in every provincial headquarters including Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. KP Senior Minister Sirajul Haq raised the matter of delay in completion of Lowari Tunnel project due to paucity of funds. The prime minister assured to look into the matter and directed to specify the required funds for completion of the project. Balochistan chief minister raised the issue of funding of transmission lines for far-flung areas, the issue of power shortages in Balochistan and water supply scheme for Gawadar. The prime minister directed to prepare feasibility for installing solar power panels in Balochistan.
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