Govt releases Rs 18.4 b for reconstruction of 57,000 houses in tribal districts

PESHAWAR:  Rs 18.40 billion has been released for the reconstruction of militancy-hit houses in five tribal districts, announced the spokesperson for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Department of Relief and Rehabilitation on Monday.

The spokesperson said that KP has paid Rs18.40 billion to the owners of the houses destroyed during militancy in the merged tribal areas to help them reconstruct their houses and businesses after peace has been restored in the region.

The payment was made to the affected people of tribal districts in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Kurram, Orakzai and Khyber tribal districts. The spokesman further revealed that a total of 57,570 families have been benefited from the compensation payment.

In South Waziristan a total of Rs7.9591 billion were provided to the affected people,  In North Waziristan, a total of Rs3.1632 billion has been provided, In Orkazai a total of Rs3.1459billion has been provided, Rs1.7043 billion to affectees in Kurram tribal districts and Rs2.4721billion provided as compensation to affected familiess in Khyber districts.

It was added that during militancy, 38,473 houses were completely and 19097 were partially damaged in merged districts of erstwhile Fata. The process of payment of compensation to the affected will continue till payment to last affected.

KP govt aims to empower Youth: Jhagra

PESHAWAR: Provincial Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra said that providing employment opportunities to youth is a top priority of PTI government. He was talking with the students of Lahore University of Management Sciences on Monday.

The KP government has initiated programs to provide financial support and interest-free loans to the youth to make them able to start their own business, said Taimur Jhagra. It will not only provide employment opportunities but all also enhance economic activities.

He mentioned the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Impact Challenge programme that, he believes, has enabled youth to start their own business and also providing employment to other people. “The KP Impact Challenge is a unique project for the educated unemployed youth of the province,” said Jhagra.