ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the development work in backward areas needs to be given priority to bring them at par with the other areas of the country. The underdevelopment regions require educational institutions and basic facilities. Moreover the quality of basic needs has to be improved to produce useful citizens for the society, he added. The PM expressed these views while chairing a special meeting to review the progress on Public Service Development Projects and examine the inflow of pledges made by the Friends of Pakistan. The meeting was held at the Prime Ministers Secretariat on Tuesday afternoon. Gilani said the setting up of indigenous small industries and improvement of existing industries could help in generating employment opportunities at local level. The proposals in this connection could be given by the stakeholders and Ministry of Science and Technology, he added. He said that the development at local level could bring about a change in the lives of the people and help reduce the influence of extremist tendencies. The Prime Minister also stressed for acceleration of work on mega projects and in this regard mentioned about early completion of Gwadar-Ratodero Road and Gwadar Airport. The mega projects, he added, would help bring the people of different regions closer to each other. It was observed in the meeting that capacity of the provincial govts for timely utilisation of allocated funds has to be further improved. The provinces, it was mentioned, also need to absorb the capital generated by themselves within them to accelerate the process of economic prosperity. The socio-economic change, it was felt, would also help attract local and foreign investment. The meeting was attended by Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister for Industries and Production, Babar Khan Ghauri, Minister for Ports and Shipping, Azam Khan Swati, Minister for Science and Technology, Ms Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, Mr Saleem Raza, Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Saleem H Mandviwalla, Chairman Board of Investment, Salman Siddique, Secretary Finance, and Sohail Khan, Chairman Board of Revenue.