Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal has emphasised the need to devolve education and health sectors at district level to improve public service delivery and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We need to have district levels SDGs plans to formulate broader national framework on SDGs,” said Ahsan Iqbal while chairing a 2nd meeting of committee on Prime Minister’s proposed Plan on SDGs here on Tuesday. Minister said that there is dire need to enforce emergency in health and education sectors because of our week social foundations.

In education sector, Ahsan Iqbal proposed that if we have to ensure quality education at all levels to impart best skills to our youth by improving the physical infrastructure, imparting teachers training and curriculum & examination reforms. It would bring a revolutionary change in our education system. He also called for introducing district based education and health authorities managed by top class professionals with autonomy to make visible impact.

He pointed out that while most of the areas concerning SDGs fall in the jurisdiction of provinces and their service delivery rests with them. The task is so gigantic that it can’t be left to provinces. Prime Minister desires to develop partnership between federal and provincial governments to tackle these issues jointly. We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of MDGs and aspire to make SDGs a success story by treating them as our national development goals.

Minister said, “Quality healthcare is key for national development. It is fundament right of every citizen that there should specialists available at every DHQ. He felt that federal and provincials governments can partner for upgrading the health sector at tehsil and district levels. He called for working on war-footing basis to create a big impact in the sectors related to SDGs so that the targets can be achieved in the stipulated timeframe.