LANDIKOTAL: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan during his visit to Khyber tribal district on Friday launched public access campaign for involving them in the development process.

The campaign has been launched to inform the people of merged tribal districts about development priorities of the government and incorporate their opinion and suggestions in different government projects.

The chief minister said the public access campaign will continue on daily basis. He said Rs83 billion will be spent on development projects in merged districts and the government will deliver on all promises with the people. He said the development targets of 10-year programme will be achieved within five years if all the stakeholders are on same page. He said all development projects in merged districts will be carried out strictly on merit and with transparency.

During his visit to Landikotal as part of public access campaign of the provincial government, Mehmood Khan assured that there will be no compromise on merit and transparency. He said the corrupt will be made accountable and looted money will be recovered from them and spent on public.

The chief minister said only the people from merged districts will be appointed on vacant posts in these areas. He said a scholarship programme for the children of Shuhada (martyrs) will also be launched soon. He said talks are in process with the federal government for resumption of safari train for tourists in Khyber district.

The chief minister said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has come to power on the slogans of eradication of corruption and ensuring transparency and making the corrupt accountable, adding that the government will never compromise in pursuing its agenda. He said public interest will always be preferred over local or personal interests. He said people of merged districts can lodge their complaints with him through the local parliamentarians and assured that all genuine reservations of people will be addressed.

Provincial Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, other ministers, lawmakers, government officials, trade union leaders and tribal elders were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, the deputy commissioner gave a briefing on the steps of the provincial government for the public access campaign in merged districts.