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Govt wants all district to grow on equal pace

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Our Special Correspondent

LAHORE: Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Jawan Bakhat Hashim Monday said that the provincial government wants all district to grow on equal pace during the next five years for which it will welcome World
Bank and other development partners investment and public-private partnership in South Punjab, besides acknowledge the technical support from them.

The PTI led Punjab government will announce first five-year development plan for the province which will focus towards service delivery, agriculture sector growth, construction of dams, upgradation of cities, and revival of the industries.

The minister expressed these views in a workshop with World Bank mission organized by the Planning and Development Department. The Bank delegation was led by its country head Patchamuthu Illangovan while
official concern from various departments also attended the workshop.

The minister said that the government will also announce medium-term framework and public the long-term investment policies. He said the government focusing bringing agriculture revolution for which all segments of the sector would be improved. Further, TEVTA and other skill development institutions would be upgraded for skill
development. The workshop has also discussed uplift development projects and budgetary allocations for the uplift of south Punjab along with pointing out the investment opportunities in the province.
The minister believed that the interactive session between the World Bank and Punjab government was useful and such a session should be continued in future too.

The minister in another meeting with the World Bank mission also highlighted the resources mobilization steps were taken by the Punjab government which resulted in an increase in provincial revenue generation. Further, he pointed that there was vast scope in expansion in resource generation along with improved service delivery. He said the government focusing long-term policies for resources mobilization, tax system reforms, and betterment of social sector which should not be limited to current government rather sustainable and continued in the future too.

However, Chairman P&D Habibur Rehman Gillani expressed the concern of the Punjab government on some of the World Bank projects.

The World Bank delegation explained the support given by it to Punjab government in various sectors.

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