CM Khattak approves monthly stipend for Paish Imams

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  • Directs MPAs to formally inaugurate completed schools

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak presided over a meeting of the provincial cabinet that approved the grant of a monthly stipend to Paish Imams (prayer leaders) of mosques of all categories proposed in the summary.

At the moment, the relevant forum received 20,699 documents of Paish Imams qualifying for the monthly stipend.

The chief minister directed to open the process for accumulation of total data of these Imams fulfilling the criteria in order to include them for the stipend. He directed to start the grant of stipend to them from the first week of coming March.

He further directed the finance and Auqaf departments to sit together and ensure a smooth and easy process for the facilitation of Paish Imams throughout the province.

CM Khattak directed that administratively, the stipend to the prayer leaders should be distributed by the administrative head of the district. In this case, the deputy commissioner will work out a procedure for the distribution.

The provincial cabinet which met here Wednesday was attended by members of the provincial cabinet, additional chief secretary and administrative secretaries, and took for debate a number of items and made a number of decisions in this regard.

The chief minister said that his government believed in the collective wisdom for the collective decision making in order to ensure public welfare covering all dimensions of justice, merit and transparency.

Pervez Khattak also directed for accelerated processing of grant to the High Court Bar Council as per laid down procedure, adding that all such announcements which he made should be implemented in letter and spirit.

He also directed to officially communicate to all the MPAs to formally inaugurate the completed schools, including the schools under standardisation and other schemes in their relevant constituencies and directed the relevant quarters to facilitate the process for the functionalisation of these facilities for the benefit of the people.

The cabinet also approved the appointment of former law additional secretary Aqal Badshah as KP Ombudsman.

The provincial cabinet also agreed to approve the exemption of imported forest wood from duty coming through the seaport.  The chief minister termed this decision of the cabinet for the protection and conservation of forest appreciable and said that the requirement of construction wood could be arranged through such export.

The cabinet also endorsed the agreement between the local government department and British Council for the training of elected representatives of different districts.

CM Khattak further directed to strictly follow and implement the two per cent quota of employment for the disabled, linking it to the provincial budget. He directed that the quota of the disabled should be implemented at all tiers including district-level etc.

KP cabinet also agreed to certain concessions for purchases on need driven in line with public welfare and facilitation. The cabinet also approved the amendment bill 2018 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the appointment of law officers.

The cabinet also approved amendments to the KP National Disaster Management Act 2010.

The provincial cabinet also approved the draft policy prepared for the project management and reforms unit of the chief secretary office to settle the litigation cases of the provincial employees and officers of different departments. The cabinet approved the recommendations.

The cabinet also agreed to the amendment recently made by the law department in the Pakistan Prisons Rules 1985. The amendment aimed at making the prison laws in consonance with the present day requirements.