QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has asked international donor agencies for cooperation for the development of education and health sectors and building water reservoirs in the province. Scattered population and meagre resources are major hurdles in this way.
He expressed these views while speaking with Regional director UNICEF Kiran Hulshof who called on him here Tuesday.
Chief Minister said that there prevailed an impression of No Go areas in Balochistan at the Federal capital. But as a result of steps taken by the present government about law and order situation this negative impression has almost ended.
He said Balochistan is almost half of Pakistan area wise but scattered population and dearth of resources are major hurdle in the development of education, health and other sectors of the province. He said government was making vast reforms in the education and health sectors. Powers have been devolved upto headmasters of schools at District level in education department. Besides increasing teachers capability their appointments are made purely on merit through NTS. Reforms in Public Service Commission have encouraged able and talented youth.
He said plan was under way to making government hospitals autonomous in the provincial capital. To achieve millennium development goals government was also taking steps. Decline in mortality ratio of mother and child and betterment of other indicators of health sector is also priority the government.
Malik Baloch said underground water table has dropped alarmingly in Balochistan. If emergency measures were not adopted for building dams vast area of the province is feared to turn into desert. He said provincial government cannot build dams owing to lack of resources. There is need Centre and international donor agencies should play their role at this crucial juncture.
He said government believes in just distribution of resources, effective measures against corruption and in honesty and transparency. He said it also believes in devolving powers at the grassroots level and in the recent budget 10 percent of provincial development budget has been allocated for local bodies.
UNICEF delegation members appreciated reforms in health and educations sectors and allocating sufficient budget and good governance. It also assured the government of its fullest cooperation.