The leading newspapers reported on November 13 that the Ministry of Planning has started a special development plan for 20 of the country’s poorest districts.
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The PKR 40 billion development plan will be put into action in four provinces over a period of 60 months through a number of uplift plans. The main goal of this project is to promote inclusive growth and fair development by investing in human capital and improving infrastructure in the country’s poorest districts.
Based on the details, the cost of the project will be split 50/50 between the federal government and the provincial government. The Central Development Working Party gave the project the green light (CDWP). In the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) 2022-23 budget, PKR 18 billion has already been set aside for the project.
The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) scores were used to choose the 20 districts, the news source said. Here are the districts that were chosen:
- Sherani Jhal Magsi
- Killa Abdullah Musakhel Jaffarbad
- Kohlu \Barkhan
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Zhob Dera Bugti Killa Saifullah Ziarat Sindh:
- Tharpakar Badin Kashmore
- Sujawal \Thatta
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Shangla, which is in North Waziristan,
Details show that the schemes to improve these districts will focus on roads, solarizing off-grid areas, giving people access to broadband services and the internet, developing the agri-livestock and mineral value chain, dairy farming, tunnel farming, fish farming, setting up LPG terminals, investing in skill development and giving students scholarships, and setting up common border markets.
According to reports, the federal and provincial governments will choose sub-projects based on an in-depth look at the needs of the marginalized population in each area. It was said that both provincial and federal steering committees will keep an eye on these kinds of projects.