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The Additional Chief Secretary (Planning and Development), Balochistan, Muhammad Aslam Shakir Baloch has stated that over Rs. 36 billion would be spent on some 1,475 development schemes all over the province during current year.
This, he stated while speaking at a discussion on the role of media in rural development arranged by the Intermedia here the other day.
The ACS said that in development, our main focus in on development of infrastructure including roads, besides the irrigation and water supply schemes.
He said that it is the government’s earnest desire to develop the rural areas which comprise around 75 percent of the total landmass of the province.
But, he regretfully pointed out that the impacts of development are not reaching to the common men despite heaving spending on the development sector mainly because of ill-planning made in the past.
He noted that funds were spent without any planning. He said that once the roads of the city were used to neat and clean after raining, but today, even the main roads like Jinnah road, Prince road, Zarghoon road present a look of stream and nullahs after a brief spell of rains, he noted.
Same situation is in the rural areas where the civic facilities are already lacking, he maintained.
Under the given situation, the role of media is vital in raising the issues and depicting true picture so the government should take action on it, he stressed.
The ACS Development on the occasion also referred to the electricity crisis in the province saying that it is so intense that the tube wells are going to be dried up.
He said that some 90 percent land is irrigation through rainwater and if there is no raining it cause troubles to the growers, but we did not pay desired heed on preservation of the rainwater and did not construct dams in the province. However, now realizing the issue, the government is spending huge funds on development of different small and big dams in the province so as to preserve the rainwater, he maintained.
He said that while the print media is playing effective role in highlighting issues of the province, the electronic media should also given enough time to highlight the issues of the province in their transmissions.
The participants on the occasion discussed different issues concerning the rural areas as well as the issues being faced by the media and media persons in the province.