All powers will be transferred from Fata Secretariat by end of fiscal year: minister

PESHAWAR: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri Saturday said the Fata Secretariat has been given one year to transfer all the powers to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Civil Secretariat.

Talking to media representatives in Landikotal, Noorul Haq Qadri said the additional chief secretary (ACS) of Fata Secretariat is the chief account officer of the ongoing development projects in the tribal districts. He said all the funds and bills for the tribal are passed by the ACS. He said the ACS will complete his responsibilities in the ongoing fiscal year and transfer all these powers to the Civil Secretariat at the end of the fiscal year.

The minister assured that the tribal districts will get 3 percent share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award. He said all provinces, except Sindh, are prepared to give from their share for the tribal districts. He hoped that the matter would be resolved soon after negotiations.

To a question, Noorul Haq Qadri said reforms in Fata is a reality and no one can deny it. He said it is up to the tribal people to keep their traditions alive in the new system.

He said Prime Minister Imran has made it clear time and again that no one will lose his job in the tribal districts. He assured that Khassadars will never be expelled from jobs. He said the government will create more job opportunities in the tribal districts.

To another question, he said traders across the Torkham border should be facilitated.