Dr Haseeb Drabu constitutes PMU for World Bank Project

KL Report

JAMMU

After the World Bank prepared and submitted the comprehensive Needs Assessment Report on the reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by the devastating floods in September 2014; the Union Ministry of Finance has begun the process of negotiation for the first tranche of World Bank loan for J&K, tentatively sized at about USD 250 million.

Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb Drabu stated Sunday that Finance Department will be the channelizing agency for the external assistance after the finalization of the loan negotiations and actual release of financial assistance.

While reviewing the status of externally aided projects, Dr Drabu said that a proper Project Management Unit (PMU) will be set up in the Relief and Rehabilitation Department to carry out the actual implementation of the project through identified executing agencies.

Dr Drabu said that establishing the PMU will allow J&K to avail of further World Bank assistance especially for livelihood restoration apart from putting in place best practices for disbursement and monitoring of the relief package.

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