AJK PM stresses early com­ple­tion of 1700 schools

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Azad Jammu and Kash­mir Chaudhry Ab­dul Ma­jid Fri­day stressed for ex­pe­dited com­ple­tion of 1700 boys and girls schools un­der con­struc­tion in var­i­ous districts of AJK so that stu­dents should take ben­e­fit of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion at their doorsteps.

Talk­ing to Deputy Chair­man Earthquake Re­con­struc­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Author­ity (ERRA) Maj. Gen. Muham­mad Asif Azeem , the AJK Prime Min­is­ter ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over the pace of work and ap­pre­ci­ated the com­ple­tion of var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment projects in Muzaf­farabad, Bagh, Dhirkot and Rawalakot. Deputy Chair­man ap­prised the AJK Prime Min­is­ter about the un­der con­struc­tion and new planned projects in AJK cities and ru­ral ar­eas.

At the oc­ca­sion he said that due to budget con­straints and Chi­nese coun­ter­part funds al­lo­ca­tion is caus­ing slow pace of work.

At the oc­ca­sion AJK Prime Min­is­ter as­sured that he will call on Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif and Plan­ning Com­mis­sion high ups to plead early re­lease of re­quired funds for the projects. AJK PM agreed that due to paucity of funds projects con­struc­tion is slow which also re­sulted in cost es­ca­la­tion.

Deputy Chair­man said that ERRA needs ex­tra Rs. 15 bil­lion for speedy com­ple­tion of schools projects in AJK. He urged that if federal govern­ment in­creases fis­cal al­lo­ca­tion by Rs. 20 bil­lion then it will help­ful for the other projects com­ple­tion.

Dur­ing the meet­ing Deputy Chair­man told the AJK Prime Min­is­ter that more than six thou­sands projects in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture, roads, schools, col­leges, wa­ter sup­ply schemes, liveli­hoods etc have been com­pleted. ERRA has planned to con­struct 85 new projects which will cost Rs.27 bil­lion, he added.

Deputy Chair­man said that de­vel­op­ment of var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing sports sta­di­ums, com­mu­nity cen­ters and elab­o­rate wa­ter and sew­er­age sys­tem will fur­ther im­prove the qual­ity of life in the ur­ban ar­eas.

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