CDWP Gives Nod to Establishment of National Forensic Science Agency in Islamabad

Web DeskApril 2, 2024883 min
CDWP Gives Nod to Establishment of National Forensic Science Agency in Islamabad

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP), chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, convened on Monday and approved one development project alongside a concept clearance proposal. The meeting was attended by Secretary Planning Awais Manzur Sumra, Members of the Planning Commission, Additional Secretary Planning Kamran Rehman, and representatives from federal ministries and provincial governments.

The CDWP granted approval to a project in the physical planning & housing sector titled “Establishment of National Forensic Science Agency at Islamabad (5th revised PC-1)”. With a cost of Rs. 1,831.114 million, this project aims to establish a National Forensic Science Agency in Islamabad. Unlike the original project approved in 2002, which aimed to establish forensic science laboratories across provincial headquarters, with a main laboratory and training facilities in Islamabad, this revised version focuses solely on the Islamabad Agency.

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Additionally, the Ministry of Finance presented a concept clearance proposal for the “Promoting Sustainable Public Private Partnership Program” with a total cost of $500 million. The CDWP approved the first phase of the program, valued at $250 million. This program intends to enhance the environment for infrastructure financing by promoting public-private partnerships (PPPs) at the federal level. It seeks to attract private investment in crucial sectors such as roads, housing, healthcare, education, water & sanitation, and technology.

The program will adopt a programmatic approach to implement core policy, legal, and institutional reforms, and build capacity within relevant institutions to ensure long-term sustainability. It aligns with Pakistan’s Vision 2025 pillars, which aim to transform Pakistan’s economy into one of the top 10 in the world by 2047.

Moreover, the CDWP reviewed a working paper from the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training regarding the establishment of a Danish School at Kuri Road, Islamabad. The project received approval, and sponsors were directed to conduct a feasibility study, rationalize cost, and finalize the governance model.

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