Awaran is considered the most backward district of Balochistan due to high levels of poverty and deprivation. Poor infrastructure in the area has made it difficult to travel to and from within the region. In case of heavy rainfall, people are stuck on either side and often end up in fatal accidents.
Even though the city is in the centre of the district connecting many adjacent areas, it lacks basic facilities. Awaran is known to have poor educational outcomes as the majority of the youth do not have access to education. Although the provincial government claims to have allocated funds to schools and colleges, most institutes lack facilities and faculty. Female students are particularly suffering more due to the absence of public transport. They cannot travel to schools or other regions to seek secondary and higher education. The district headquarters hospital, which is the only source of healthcare support in the region, is in a deplorable state. The absence of female practitioners has raised maternal and infant mortality rates.
The residents of the city are facing multiple challenges with few prospects of any improvements. The people of Awaran should not be deprived of their fundamental rights. I urge the Chief Minister to address the people’s woes and offer them some respite.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd, 2023.