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PPP government is striving for democratic, prosperous Pakistan: PM.

ISLAMABAD, October 01, 2009 (Frontier Star): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Thursday said the PPP government is striving for a democratic, prosperous and progressive Pakistan, which is the anchor of peace and stability for the entire South Asian region. "We are taking steps for achieving sustained high trajectory of economic growth, with the objective to reducing poverty and for meeting the targets set-out in Millennium Development Goals", Gilani said while addressing the participants of 91st National Management Course here at the PM House. Secretary Establishment Division, Muhammad Ismail Qureshi, Rector, National School of Public Policy, Lt. Gen. (R) Javed Hasan and senior officials were also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister said because of the present government's efforts the current economic difficulties have been largely contained and "we have been able to stabilize the economy with all economic indicators showing positive trend". He said reforms are being introduced in every sector of the economy with private sector playing a pivotal role in driving growth and creating job opportunities. The Prime Minister said that current economic situation also demands that the burden on the poor be minimized. The government has increased the funding of Benazir Income Support Programme to Rs. 70 billion to provide direct cash relief to the most vulnerable segments of society, he added. Prime Minister said the most important role of the civil servants is to give policy inputs and to implement government's initiatives and policies. There is a genuine need to address the governance issues in our country. If good governance is lacking, the system becomes dysfunctional and service delivery at the grassroots level suffers". He said official rules, regulations and procedures should not be allowed to hinder the process of service delivery to the common man, adding, "it is important that out-dated and obstructive rules and regulations are revisited from time to time. All rules and laws that are an obstruction must be weeded out". Prime Minister Gilani said the biggest challenge before the civil service in a developing country like ours is implementation of public policy. Policies are formulated with zeal and enthusiasm but at times their implementation is too slow or delayed to the extent that the original purpose of the agenda is either lost or becomes irrelevant, he said and added this requires additional resources and efforts to get the implementation back on track.

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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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