Rawalpindi-Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazeer along with Commissioner Rawalpindi Nadeem Aslam Chaudary while reviewing progress on ongoing and new schemes under Annual Development Programme said that timely completion of the development projects was the topmost priority of the provincial government.

They said that there were a total 719 schemes worth over Rs91.822 billion underway in the region. 110 schemes have been completed while work is under progress on 541 schemes for which deadline has been marked as June 31. They said that no delay in completion of the schemes whose funds have already been released would be tolerated.

They expressed these views while chairing a review meeting of the committee for implementation of development projects at the commissioner office.

MPA Nawaz Chochan, Director Finance and Planning Noureen Bashir, Deputy Commissioner Attock Rana Akbar Hayat, DC Jehlum Iqbal Hussain, DC Chakwal Umer Jehnagir, ADC (Finance and Planning) Rao Atif Raza, Deputy Director Development Saima Ghafoor, SE Highways, buildings and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

The minister said that all these schemes were aimed to facilitate common man and once completed; these projects would be beneficial for people of the entire region. So more than just a professional task, we need to sense our social responsibility in this regard, he said.

He directed to implement policy guidelines being provided for these projects and said that quality and transparency should also be maintained. Undue delay in projects makes them a curse rather than blessing for public so we should utilise all resources to complete them within stipulated time, he stressed.

Commissioner Rawalpindi Nadeem Aslam at this occasion directed demolishing all dangerous school buildings. He also directed to devise a monitoring mechanism in order to keep a vigilant eye on the headway of projects. No compromise on quality, transparency and speed will be tolerated, he said.

Director Development Noureen Bashir briefed the meeting about progress of ongoing projects and while highlighting the issues, she said that unavailability of funds was the greatest hurdle in timely completion of the projects, upon which the minister assured his full assistance for releases of funds at the earliest.