PESHAWAR: The Provincial Task Force (PTF) on merged tribal districts on Thursday was informed that as many as 515 development projects have been reflected in the annual developmental program (ADP) for sub-divisions of merged districts.
About 375 development projects would be implemented through the ADP, whereas the remaining 140 developmental projects would be executed under accelerated implementation program (AIP) of the merged areas. The total estimated cost of these 515 projects was estimated at Rs59 billion.
The meeting was convened to review the overall security, development projects, administrative measures and matters related to merger in the tribal sub-divisions (former Frontier Regions) including Hassankhel, Darra Adamkhel, Bhitani, Jandola, Wazir and Drazinda.
The meeting was told that uplift projects costing Rs2.97 billion have been reflected for Elementary and Secondary Education, Rs1.84 billion for Public Health Engineering, Rs2.43 billion for Agriculture, Rs1.11 billion for Irrigation, Rs8.80 billion for road sector and projects amounting to Rs2.70 billion have been reflected for Sports and Tourism.
The concerned divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners were directed to prepare a strategy for redressal of disputes related to boundary issues of various tribes through Jirga system. The forum also decided to upgrade the educational and health facilities on need basis and directed the health department to make necessary arrangements run the basic health units of these areas into 24/7 facilities.
It was shared that over 2,000 Khassadars and 1,300 Levies personnel of sub-divisions have been absorbed into regular police. The sanctioned posts of police for these areas have been filled, whereas procurement of vehicles, arms and other equipment was also in progress to strengthen the police.
The forum also directed the quarters concerned to take immediate steps to overcome the shortage of staff in educational and health institutions of these areas on priority basis.
It was decided that funds required for strengthening of police in tribal sub-divisions would be provided on priority basis. Similarly, concerned authorities were directed to make the alternate dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism functional in the areas with the aim to resolve local disputes.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said that sustainable development of tribal sub divisions and welfare of people of those areas was among the priorities of government.