ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that despite difficult economic situation, especially in the aftermath of the devastating flood in the country, there would be no cut in the Public Sector Development Funds for Balochistan. The PM expressed these views in a high-level meeting with a delegation of Balochistan, led by Chief Minister, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raeesani and comprising Provincial Ministers and officials, to review situation of the overall development activities and the pace of work on the ongoing projects, at the PMs House here this morning. The Prime Minister said that equitable distribution of funds including foreign assistance for reconstruction and rehabilitation among provinces would be ensured after damage need assessment and consultation with all stakeholders. The Prime Minister said for improving the communication system and building roads in Balochistan, the federal government has released Rs. 1.5 billion to National Highways Authority. He directed to expedite the implementation of work on these projects so that the people of Balochistan could reap its fruits soon. Commenting on the strategic location of Balochistan, especially the Gawadar Port, he said that development of communication network to link the province with other parts of the country could serve the purpose of making the province as a hub of economic activities that would in turn ensure better quality of life to the people living there. He assured the Chief Minister that the Federal Government would continue providing assistance for different uplift projects in Balochistan when and where required. He directed that funds should be immediately released for the projects on which 80 percent work has been completed. The Prime Minister also directed to speed up the process of provision of NADRA National Identity Card in Balochistan especially in the flood hit areas so that the difficulties of the flood-affected population could be mitigated without any hindrance. He also issued directions to expedite work on the canals improvement and restoration so that farmers could be provided reasonable time for their harvests for the coming season. The meeting was informed that under the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan initiative, 4900 people have been provided employment in various government departments and process is continuing to fill all the remaining vacancies. The Chief Minister informed the meeting in his presentation on the overall development activities in Balochistan. He thanked the Prime Minister for evincing keen interest in the uplift of Balochistan. The members of delegation included Senior Minister Maulana Abdul Wasay, Minister for Finance Mir Mohammad Asim Kurd, Minister for Youth Affairs Capt (R) Abul Khaliq, Minister for Revenue Engr. Zamark Khan, Minister for C& W Mir Saidiq All Umrani and Chief Secretary Balochistan. Federal Minister for Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Ndeem ul Haq, Secretary Finance and other senior official were also present in the meeting.