ISLAMABAD - The federal government, as per available fiscal space in Public Sector Development Programme 2016-17, is financing recommended development projects in Balochistan which cover almost all sectors of the economy.

The projects recommended by the government of Balochistan are being financed in sectors such as highway networks, water storage, energy generation and distribution, agricultural research, higher education, industrial development etc. and would play a positive role in poverty alleviation in the province.

Official sources at Planning and Development Division on Monday said that development programmes and projects in consultation with the provincial governments were being identified by the federal ministries/

divisions as per priorities and to achieve development

targets set under the Vision 2025 and 11th Five Year Plan (2013-18).

The sources said these programmes/projects had been discussed in the Annual Plan Coordination Committee (APCC) meetings at which the provincial governments were represented.

“However, it may be added that after the 18th Amendment, responsibility for poverty alleviation falls on provincial governments’ shoulders,” the sources said, and added, “Despite this, the federal government is also financing vertical programmes of health and population welfare through PSDP as per decision of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).”