QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that steps are taken to establish an authority for poverty alleviation and social protection in the province.

While presiding over a meeting here on Tuesday, the chief minister said Balochistan had vast natural resources compared to other provinces but these resources could not be explored and utilised for development of the province. But his government, he said, would surely succeed in alleviating poverty by utilising these resources.

Mr Alyani said there was great potential and scope of improvement in every sector. “The government is committed to bringing progressive change in every sector of the province,” he said.

He said it was the right time to utilise the entire government machinery and departments under a well planned strategy by adopting a comprehensive policy in the best interest of the people of Balochistan.

“Unfortunately, the previous governments failed to achieve the targets of development and progress in the province,” he added.

The meeting also discussed matters related to human resource development, public-private partnership and development of technical education skills. It was informed that the World Bank would provide financial assistance for establishment of the proposed authority for poverty alleviation and social protection.

Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Mir Asad Baloch, Chief Secretary retired Captain Fazeel Asghar, Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Abdul Rehman Buzdar and other officials concerned attended the meeting.

Published in Dawn, November 27th, 2019