Published Date: Jan 18, 2014
Vision 2025 draft fine-tuned
The advisory committee of the Planning Commission Friday urged the government to fix and categorise taxation and reduce corruption. They said there is a strong need to prepare policy on population boom, water shortage, climate change and agriculture, power and industry uplift. The
committee members comprising Planning Commission, private sector and academia stressed the need to lay greater emphasis on the development of
human resource and institutional capacity in Vision 2025.
They said that if the government fails to take immediate measures to address these issues, Pakistan may face serious crisis viz water and food. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform at the Planning Commission to fine-tune the draft of Vision 2025 and 11th Five-Year Plan 2013-18.
While highlighting these issues, the members said that many plans are being prepared but not implemented. They said the government has to implement the policies and planes to achieve their targets. They said the government should identify specific drivers of growth such as the private sector in agriculture, industry and services to help the economy gain momentum. They said in Vision 2025, they need to address issues like water scarcity, energy shortage and climate change by building more water reservoirs, tapping alternative energy resources – shale gas – and putting in place effective flood control mechanism.
A member from SDPI made a valuable presentation on huge potential of shale gas in meeting the ever-growing energy needs in the world and prospects for Pakistan. Pakistan has huge reserves of shale gas in Badin and other marshy areas in its south. “We can make Pakistan an energy surplus country in future by tapping this tremendous resource.”