QUETTA : Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said previous government received $35 billion in the form of foreign assistance and investment but people of Balochistan still remained deprived of water, infrastructure and development.
“The financial crisis we are witnessing today basically emerged due to flawed policies of our predecessors. They had more power and resources than we have at present,” Kamal said while addressing a gathering of tribal elders in Dera Murad Jamali on Sunday.
The minister said being sons of this soil, the provincial cabinet members have been making earnest efforts to provide relief to the people of Balochistan. The CM highlighted that during the first four months of the provincial government he personally visited all districts to review the ground situation.
Kamal said: “Today the cabinet members are fully aware of people’s woes and have been raising those issues at all forums. At the provincial level measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the downtrodden people”.
Home Minister Mir Saleem Khosa, Adviser to CM for Education Muhammad Khan Lehri, provincial Minister Nawabzada Tariq Magsi, MNA Nawabzada Khalid Khan Magsi, MPA Umar Khan Jamali, MPA Mir Sikandar Khan Umrani and government officials were present.
The CM said the incumbent government has set a direction to address public issues. Moreover, he assured that public issues in Naseerabad division would be addressed on priority basis.
“We have formed a committee headed by elected MPAs for land allotment in Naseerabad while preparations were underway to give land ownership to the residents of the division,” said Kamal.
On water dispute with Sindh, Kamal said the government of Balochistan has vowed to hold direct talks with Sindh government. He expressed confidence that the dispute with Sindh would be resolved in coming weeks.
“We know Naseerabad has been facing electricity and gas crisis and the provincial government would take up the issue with Centre,” the CM, said adding that steps were being taken to provide direct relief to the masses. This, he said, would increase public trust on Balochistan Awami Party-led government.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Kamal said the provincial government is serious in delegating power at the grass-root level level. It would resolve public issues in their native districts, he added.
“In four months, the provincial government has achieved major goals, we have imposed emergency in health and educational sectors while 20,000 fresh appointments would be made in government departments in the near future,” the CM.