ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed the Balochistan Government to accelerate work on the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package, besides timely completion of development schemes approved under the Prime Ministers Special Initiative for the collective benefit of the masses. The PM gave these directions while chairing a high-level meeting here at PMs House on Wednesday. The meeting reviewed progress on the Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan Package. The meeting, which was attended by Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raeesani and other members of the Balochistan Cabinet, discussed at length various aspects of the package and its positive impact on the economy of the province. The Prime Minister asked the Balochistan Government for early completion of selection process for employment of 10,000 candidates to enhance their share both at the provincial and federal government services. The meeting was informed that more than 6,000 applications were received for 5,000 jobs announced by the Prime Minister and necessary scrutiny process was underway to ensure transparency and merit in the selection process. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raeesani while thanking the Prime Minister for his special attention towards addressing the longstanding issues of his province, said that the economic progress of his province after completion of the projects launched under the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan would go a long way in addressing the sense of deprivation of the people of Balochistan. The Prime Minister said that in order to avoid the overrun cost of the projects, priority should be accorded to the already approved schemes and the provincial government should be more focused in its approach towards constructing water reservoirs so as to bring more land under cultivation in the province. Enhancement of provincial police salaries was also discussed and the meeting was informed that additional funds were required to bring the salaries of provincial police at par with other provinces. The Prime Minister directed the provincial government to liaise with the Finance Ministry in this regard. The PM said the Federal Government was making concerted efforts to enhance financial capacity of the Balochistan through a number of schemes. He said that out of 50 percent share of the Federal Government, 30 percent share had been handed over to the provincial government with the sole objective of financial empowerment of the province. Increase of Balochistan share in the gas companies was also discussed in the meeting. The meeting was briefed that out of a list of 998 missing persons, which was published in the media, only 62 families had so far confirmed missing of their family members and accordingly, the provincial government was trying to locate these people through the Ministry of Interior and other security agencies. Progress of special schemes approved by the Prime Minister under Peoples Works Programme was also reviewed in the meeting. It was stated that Rs 1.5b had already been disbursed to the province for schemes under Peoples Works Programme while orders for release of the remaining amount of Rs 1.5 billion were issued. Public Sector Development Programme was also discussed in the meeting. The provincial government requested the Prime Minister that the cut proposed for PSDP Schemes on account of enhanced allocations to the provinces under the new NFC Award should not be applied on projects announced for Balochistan. The PM inquired about the progress of his special Quetta Package amounting Rs 3 billion. He said that he intended to visit Quetta in the near future to inaugurate the project. The provincial govt also thanked the PM for his special attention to harness the full economic potential of Gwadar Port. It was stated in the meeting that 81 ships had berthed at the port up till now. The PM stressed the need to complete construction work on the remaining portion of the road connecting the port to all parts of the country. He also inquired about the feasibilities of providing drinking water schemes to the port city. Three projects; Shadikor Scheme, Sunsar Scheme and Swarzai Scheme for provision of water to Gwadar were discussed in the meeting. The meeting was attended by Senior Provincial Minister for P & D, Maulana Abdul Wasay, Minister for Finance, Mir Muhammad Asim Kurd, C&W, Mir Sadiq Umrani, Irrigation & Power, Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, Youth Affairs, Capt (Retd) Abdul Khaliq Achackzai, Population, Haji Toor Utman Khail, Industries, Syed Ehsan Shaha, Revenue Board, Engr Zamurk Khan, Home, Mir Zafar Zehri, Begum Parveen Magsi, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs and, IT, Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa and senior officials of the province.