ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development and Special Measures, Asad Omar on Wednesday said that the government is committed to provide all possible facilities to the most vulnerable and backward sections of the society.
Presiding over the first sub-committee meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the PTI minister hoped to improve the living standards of the weaker and weaker sections of the society. He said that the progress report of the sub-committee would be presented in the NEC meeting chaired by the Prime Minister himself. Secretary Planning, Chief SDG representatives of Provincial Planning and Development Departments and officials of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan also attended the meeting. The first NEC sub-committee on SDGs was implemented by the government to align SDGs with development frameworks in the country and to improve coordination for SDG monitoring and reporting systems. Discussed the current situation, institutional arrangements and ways forward. PBS has informed the committee that at present Pakistan can report against 80 indicators. A total of 48 indicators are from the PBS-administered survey. He said the availability of authoritative data was essential for decision-making and the provision of provincial signals would help policy makers identify regional shortcomings.