PM announces 10-year development project for tribal belt

BAJAUR, PAKISTAN, MAR 15: Prime Minister, Imran Khan addresses to supporters during public gathering meeting held at Khar in Bajaur on Friday, March 15, 2019. (PPI Images).

–Imran says govt will spend over Rs100bn annually for 10 years in newly-merged tribal districts of KP


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s plans to spend over Rs100 billion annually for 10 years in the newly-merged tribal districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The premier tweeted: “Living up to our commitment, a three-week consultative process on a 10 year-long development plan for former FATA is being initiated, starting from Bajaur.”

“Our people in the tribal area will see unprecedented development as [the] government plans to spend over Rs100 billion annually for 10 years in tribal districts,” he added.

Earlier on Friday, PM Imran said his government would bring in a new era of prosperity as he inaugurated the Sehat Insaf Card Scheme for the people living in the tribal districts.

The prime minister said tribal districts will be developed, adding that education and job opportunities will be created for tribal youth. He said the government would construct Mohmand Dam which will generate electricity and also provide water for the barren lands.

Khan also said tourism will also be promoted in tribal districts as KP has great potential for tourism and this has helped in reduction of poverty during the last five years.