The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved six development projects worth Rs.88.005 billion, including Rs 84.401 billion China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) Raikot section (Phase-1).

The meeting of CDWP was held under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms Ahsan Iqbal. The meeting was attended by sponsoring agencies including representatives of provincial governments and federal departments. The approved six development projects have foreign exchange component of Rs1.412 billion. Approved projects are related to science & technology, health, physical planning & housing and transport & communication.

The prominent among the approved projects is the land acquisition, affected properties compensation and relocation of utilities for China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) - Raikot section (Phase-1) Havelian-Thakot (120kms) worth Rs.84.401 billion.

Vision 2025 Science Talent Farming Scheme (STFS) for 1800 students costing Rs.1.395 billion was also approved by the CDWP. The minister commended the project, saying it would help identify science talent at school level, train and groom the future scientists of the country by providing scholarships up to Ph.D level.

The minister directed the concerned authorities that a purpose built residential Science College “National Science College (NSC) for scholars selected under the scheme on the pattern of cadet colleges should be included in the scheme to ensure grooming of future scientists in a conducive environment.

The working paper of STFS envisages online networking with global scientific centers of excellence and interaction with the eminent scientists around the globe and visits to leading universities and research centers etc.

CDWP approved establishment of Center for Hematology Disorder at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) costing Rs.220.801 million with a foreign component of Rs.100 million. It also approved the project “Support to Infrastructure Development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” worth Rs.1312.50 million, which is totally foreign funded.

The construction of conference room and offices at Prime Minister House at the cost of Rs.121.339 million was also approved by CDWP. It also approved the construction, upgradation & rehabilitation of post flood reconstruction project worth Rs.554.184 million.

The meeting also gave clearance to concept proposal about financial assistance to KPK for medical waste treatment equipments for trauma/burns care, neurology, rehabilitation & installation of clean drinking water filtration plants under French credit.