Under 18th constitutional amendment: Legislation continues to fully benefit from powers given to Balochistan, says CM

Senate’s standing committee on Petroleum endorses CM’s stance regarding ownership & right of Balochistan on natural resources; Senator Mohsin Aziz for utmost facilities for coal mine workers

 

The Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan has stated that the process of legislation is continued to fully benefit from the powers conferred to the provinces under the 18th constitutional amendment.

The provincial government has especially adopted a firm stance for partnership of the province and protection of its rights in the projects of exploration and development of the mineral resources.

This was stated by the Chief Minister while speaking to the delegation who called on him under leadership pf the Chairman Senate’s standing committee on Petroleum, Senator Mohsin Aziz here on Friday.

The delegation comprised the members of the senate standing committee including Senator Taj Afridi, Senator Mir Kabir Muhammad Shahi and Senator Shamim Afridi.

During the meeting, the matters pertaining to the oil and gas projects and mineral resources came up for threadbare discussion.

The members of senate’s standing committee fully endorsed the Chief Minister’s stance on the ownership and right of the province on the natural resources and assured that it (committee) would fully support it’s stance in the senate.

The Chief Minister briefed the senate committee about the steps being taken by his government for development of the natural resources in the province.

He told the committee that the government has prepared a comprehensive policy. The protection of interests and rights of the mine workers as well as the mineral reservoirs has been ensured in the mineral policy, he maintained.

Moreover, the Chief Minister pointed out that most of the districts of Balochistan are still deprived of the facility of natural gas and as such there is a need to implement the project of installation of the LPG plants.

Referring the development process, the Chief Minister said that for the first time in the history of province, the process of tenders of projects have been started in July soon after the approval of the current financial year budget.

He mentioned that the tenders of 70 percent projects have already been issued. He said that the provincial government is set to make legislation in the higher education sector for promotion of education in the province.

The Chairman senate committee on the occasion informed that the committee visited the coal mines operating in the PMDC and private sector and reviewed the facilities available for the coal mine workers there.

He regretfully pointed out that facilities are lacking for the coal mine workers in the coal mines. He said that the PMDC has been directed to provide the basic faciliites of health, education and training for the mine workers in the mines.