Food Department offices to be set up in tribal districts: minister

KALAYA: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Minister Qalandar Lodhi on Tuesday conducted a visit to Orakzai tribal district and got a briefing about the issues of his department.

In a meeting with the district administration officials, Qalandar Lodhi said the government is committed to bring the people of the tribal districts on a par with the rest of the country. He said the tribal districts should have been merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa much earlier. however, he said now after the merger, efforts should be made to make up for the lost time and ensure speedy development.

The minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan is committed to provide jobs to the tribal youth and seedy development of the merged districts. He said the government will utilise the natural resources of the tribal districts on development of the region and improving the life standard of tribespeople.

Qalandar Lodhi said the offices of the Food Department will be established in all the tribal districts under the merger plan. He said the reservation of the tribesmen on the latest statistics of the population census will also be addressed the issue will be raised at every relevant forum.

The minister said the provincial government has already announced to make the Levies and Khassadar force part of KP Police. He said the issue should not be politicised as the government will protect the rights of Khassadars and Levies personnel. Mr Lodhi said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will bring a real change and development in the tribal districts. He said the federal and provincial governments will provide resources to the tribal districts. He said the government is following the policy of merit, transparency and justice in carrying out its business.

The provincial minister also addressed a meeting of the Food Department during his visit. On the occasion, the responsibilities of the district food controller of Orakzai tribal district were handed over to DFC Hangu Salahuddin. The department will oversee the extension of Food Department offices to the tribal districts.

As part of the KP government’s merger plan, it has made a schedule of visits by provincial ministers to the tribal districts.