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Pakistan to expedite satellite monitoring project

Islamabad, Pakistan: President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari asked the planning commission to expedite the project aimed at incorporating satellite monitoring of the development projects in collaboration with other related governmental agencies. He also asked for digitising the storage of land revenue maps in the pilot projects that have been undertaken, according to a report published in Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

The report said that the President asked them to provide the design monitoring system to the provinces for use as the data resource. He also asked for monthly presentations on progress of the strategic projects and new initiatives using satellite imagery. The President said this during a briefing at Aiwan-e-Sadr on use of satellite imaging as modern tool of transparency and eliminating corruption.

The President said that the use of GPS technology and adoption of monitoring and evaluation system would help keep a check on quality and progress of developmental projects and counter corrupt practices and delays in implementations.

The briefing was given by Lt.Gen. Mohammad Zubair, Member Planning Commission and was attended by Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, Kamal Majidullah, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Secretary General to the President M. Salman Faruqui, Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar and Ashraf M. Hayat, Secretary Planning Division, besides other senior government officials.

Senator Sughra Imam delivered a briefing on the pilot project undertaken for the socio-economic and demographic mapping of 169 mouzas in Tehsil Jhelum. The President directed that similar mapping be also done in at least two other districts which should also include sewerage mapping.
He said that sewerage was a potential source of fertiliser, energy and water and its mapping would help in tapping this source in the future.

Source: APP