PM directs completion of development projects in stipulated time

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed authorities to complete all projects in the country within scheduled timeline ensuring utmost transparency, while chairing the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) here which was attended by Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
The Prime Minister was of the view that during previous tenures, the development projects were not completed in due time and the cost over-run was a routine matter.
The Secretary Inter-Provincial Coordination Division briefed the meeting regarding implementation status of decisions taken in the last CCI meeting held on December 16, 2016.
The CCI directed all provincial representatives to hold meeting with the Federal Minister for Planning and Development to finalize matters pertaining to higher education and other similar bodies in post 18th Amendment scenario.
The CCI approved the financing of National Flood Protection Plan Phase-IV at an overall cost of Rs. 177.661 billion on 50:50 share basis by the federal government and the provincial governments.
The CCI, while considering the inquiry into corruption charges of Kacchi Canal case, unanimously decided that exemplary punishment be given to all the officials involved in the case.
For the agenda item of import of LNG, it was decided that the summary would be circulated to all provinces for soliciting comments and be presented in the next CCI meeting.
The CCI expressed satisfaction over the 6th Population and Housing Census. The Ministry of Finance assured that the Census would be completed within the scheduled timeline with utmost transparency.
The Ministry of Climate Change briefed the meeting that detailed consultations on National Forest Policy 2015 had been completed with all provinces. The Policy only provides for additional federal technical and expert advice as well as coordination with International forums with which we are signatory to international protocols and agreements.
Forests, itself being a provincial subject, shall remain under control of provincial governments for the purposes of implementation.
The Minister for Water and Power informed the CCI that issues regarding settlement of Net Hydel Profit (NHP) between WAPDA and Government of Punjab had been settled wherein WAPDA had issued a promissory note in favour of Government of Punjab amounting to Rs.38.12 billion while a tariff petition is under review for filing with NEPRA for recovery of NHP arrears.
The CCI approved amendments in the `Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act, 1997′.

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