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Approval of Development Projects

The Planning & Development Board acts as the Secretariat for the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP).


Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC)

ECNEC is the final approving authority for any provincial projects costing beyond 10,000 Million and projects as mentioned below:

  • Any project involving foreign component
  • Any project of irrigation costing 1,000 billion or more


Central Development Working Party (CDWP)

CDWP, which is located at Planning and Development Division, Planning Commission, Islamabad, is a clearing house for any provincial project. The technical, financial and economic analyses of various projects are carried out by the Appraisal & Evaluation, Technical and other related sections. Projects with individual costs exceeding Rs. 10,000 million are recommended by the PDWP to the CDWP.


Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP)

The Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) is a clearing house of development projects sponsored by various line departments. The PDWP is empowered to sanction projects upto Rs. 10,000 million.

The projects are sent by the administrative departments for approval to the PDWP, which comprises of:

Chairman, Planning and Development Board - Chairman


  • Secretary, Finance
  • Secretary, Concerned (project sponsoring) Department
  • Secretary, Environment Protection Department
  • All members of P&D Board
  • Director, Punjab Economic Research Institute
  • Director General, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Any Co-opted Member

Note: Any survey and feasibility study (PC - II) is approved by PDWP, irrespective of the cost.


Departmental Development Sub-committees (DDSC)

Projects costing upto Rs. 400 million are within the approving competency of DDSC.The DDSC constitutes of the following committee members:

Secretary of Administrative Department - Chairman


  • Representative of Finance Department (not below the rank of Deputy Secretary)
  • Representative of P&D Department (not below the rank of Chief of Section)
  • Representative of C&W/ Engineering  Department (not below the rank of Chief Engineer)
  • Any Co-opted Member



Divisional Development Working Party (DDWP)

Projects costing upto Rs. 200 million are approved by the DDWP headed by the respective Commissioner. The DDWP constitutes of the following committee members:

  • Divisional Commissioner - Chairman


  • DCs of the division 
  • SE (Irrigation & Power) 
  • SE (C&W)
  • Divisional Head of the sponsoring department 
  • Director (Dev/ Finance) (Member/Secretary)


District Development Committees (DDC)

Project costing upto Rs. 50 million are approved by the DDC of each district. The DDC constitutes of the following committee members:

Deputy Commissioner - Chairman


  • Additonal Deputy Commissioner (Finance & Planning)
  • Chief Engineer/ SE/XEN concerned
  • Addtional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue)
  • Head of concerned office
  • Deputy Director (Planning) - Member/ Secretary


Source: Delegation of Financial Powers Rules, 2016