PESHAWAR: A total of 179 schools, including 94 girls schools, were damaged in the floods and militancy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial legislature was told on Tuesday.

Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Shahram Khan Tarakai told the KP Assembly in response to a question that 15 schools could not be rebuilt while the remaining ones had been reconstructed. He said the government is working to rebuild the remaining schools as quickly as possible.

The House admitted a resolution of Ahmad Kundi of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) seeking a debate on seats reserved for students from merged tribal districts and Balochistan in medical colleges of the country.

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Higher Education Kamran Bangash told House that 15 new degree colleges would be established after third party validation of sites. He said the new colleges would be built on need basis.

The special assistant said that previously the educational institutions were established at the constituency level, but now colleges would be set up after verification of site through a private party.

Independent Member Mir Kalam Khan from North Waziristan tribal district said the militancy and military operations affected people were having a miserable lives and a large number of them are still waiting for compensation. The independent lawmaker said some affected people were paid compensation for damaged houses and properties, but many were still waiting to receive the payment. He said that markets were also destroyed during militancy and military operations, but the traders were not compensated. He demanded payment of compensation to all affected people without delay and without any discrimination.

Earlier, KP Speaker Mushtaq Ghani asked the members of the House to ensure implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) against coronavirus. The speaker emphasized that the KP Assembly session was being telecast live and watched in the entire country. He said the elected public representatives must set an example for others to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

The KP Assembly unanimously adopted the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Letter of Administration and Succession Certificate Bill, 2021 and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Civil Servants (amendment) Bill, 2021.

Members of the House also offered Fateha for the departed soul of former inspector general of police KP Nasir Durrani who died of coronavirus in Lahore. The session was adjourned till Friday.

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