PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has directed the concerned quarters to complete the quick impact schemes in the tribal districts within the given timeframe.

The chief minister issued these directions while chairing a meeting about the merged districts in Peshawar on Thursday. The meeting was attended by KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Iftikhar Durrani, CM’s adviser on tribal affairs Ajmal Wazir, secretaries of concerned departments and other high-ranking officials. The meeting reviewed quick impact projects for the tribal districts.

Mehmood Khan directed the Finance Department to ensure release of funds for the projects in time to ensure timely completion. He said quick relief to the people of the tribal districts is among the top priorities of the provincial government. He said development in the merged districts needs immediate attention, therefore, the concerned quarters must make sure that all steps in this regard are taken on timely basis. He said the government will not tolerate delay in completion of ongoing projects in the merged districts.

The meeting specially reviewed the steps taken for improvement of health sector in the tribal districts. The meeting was told that the Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) has already initiated the monitoring of government hospitals in the tribal districts. PC-1 has been released for the appointment of permanent staff of the IMU and the process will be completed by 30 May.

The chief minister also directed initiation of pilot project for telemedicine in the tribal districts and its completion by 15 June. The project will be extended to more areas after reviewing its performance.

The meeting was told that appointment of staff and purchase of equipment for the seven district headquarters hospitals in the merged districts will be completed by 30 May, while purchase of imported equipment will complete by 30 June. Appointment process on 2,364 posts is continuing in the first phase.

The meeting also discussed establishment and renovation of sports grounds in 25 sub-divisions of the tribal districts. The chief minister said a timeline should be set for completion of work on these projects. He said the ground-breaking of six new grounds must be ensured by 15 May.

The meeting was informed that work on making 16 municipal corporations in the merged districts is also continuing in full swing and vehicles and equipment is being purchased for this purpose. Appointment on vacant posts will be completed by 30 June.

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