NEC approves Pakistan Vision 2025, proposed Annual Plan for 2014-15

ISLAMABAD: The meeting of National Economic Council, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair, on Thursday approved the Pakistan Vision 2025 Plan.

The NEC also approved Annual Plan 2013-14 and proposed Annual Plan for 2014-15.
The Prime Minister told the meeting,”This vision is our development road-map. Pakistan will grow as this vision will ensure best usage of our resources as is done by developed

Briefing the NEC, Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform outlined the seven pillars of Vision 2025 including: Putting People First: Developing Human and Social Capital; Achieving Sustained, Indigenous and Inclusive Growth; Governance, Institutional Reform & Modernization of the Public Sector,Energy, Water & Food Security,Private Sector-Led Growth and Entrepreneurship, Developing a Competitive Knowledge Economy through Value Addition and Modernization of Transportation Infrastructure and Greater Regional Connectivity.

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 & Reform to effectively implement the proposed Pakistan Vision 2025.

Moreover, Planning Commission was authorized for regular monitoring of progress to translate the Vision into reality through a Performance Delivery Unit against key performance indicators (KPIs) 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 Hydro power project, Neelum Jhelum hydro power 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 Hydro Power 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.

While discussing the development projects in Balochistan ChiefMinister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik pointed out the delay and corruption in the Quetta water supply scheme.

He said that Rs 10 billion have been spent but on ground there is no development. Prime Minister directed to hold inquiry into the matter and fix the responsibility. He also asked Chief Minister Balochistan to monitor the projects himself.

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 (FATA).

Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 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.

He said, “I will personally visit the project along with the Governor and Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to see the on-ground situation.” He said that none of the developmental projects would be ignored and also warned against delays in the projects.

Addressing the query of Governor KPK regarding development funds for FATA, the Prime Minister said that FATA needs special attention in our development strategy and the development funds for FATA would be rationalized.

Chief Minister Balochistan 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.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that nature has endowed Balochistan with vast resources of solar energy and we need to tap this energy.

He directed to prepare feasibility for installing solar power panels in Balochistan. It would not only resolve the energy shortage but also provide affordable energy to locals, he added. The Prime Minister directed to plan the water supply scheme and assured funding by the federal government.

The meeting was attended by the Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Chief Ministers
Shahbaz Sharif, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Pervez Khattak and Dr. Abdul Malik, Finance Minister of Punjab, Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh on Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sirajul Haq Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal Provincial Minister Balochistan.