KP governor approves Rs3 billion for socio-economic uplift of FATA



PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra Wednesday approved a number of projects totalling Rs3 billion in various socio-economic uplift projects in FATA and directed the authorities concerned to complete all the schemes within the given budget and stipulated timeframe.

He said this while presiding over the second meeting of the FATA development committee held at Governor House, Peshawar.

Additional Chief Secretary Sikandar Qayyum, Social Sectors, Planning and Development Secretary Asghar Qureshi, Principal Secretary to Governor Munir Azam and other concerned senior officials of the FATA secretariat attended the meeting. The governor was briefed in detail on the pace of progress of various developmental projects in FATA.

It was particularly mentioned that Rs1,303 million have been incurred on the schemes which were announced by the governor under the education emergency plan. These schemes also include free of cost provision of textbooks to the students of first to 12 grades, extending sponsorship to deserving students and construction of the Cadet College, Wana.

The governor, while speaking on this occasion, also directed education secretary to further streamline the monitoring system, improve the output of the examination results and improve the education policy in line with the ongoing FATA merger initiatives.

Similarly, an amount of Rs981 million was approved for implementation on construction schemes of roads and bridges as well as various rehabilitation projects in the communication sector. Besides that, another amount of Rs311.1 million was sanctioned to materialise various schemes of public health engineering and other water supply projects.

The committee also approved an amount of Rs397.7 million to implement various schemes to attract tourists in FATA.

While stressing the importance of maintaining transparency in the implementation process of all the projects, the governor further asked the authorities concerned to ensure timely completion of the projects and keep him updated on the pace of progress of each project on a monthly basis.