KP Chief Minsiter Mehmood Khan. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan on Monday chaired an important meeting about the tribal districts at the Chief Minister House.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Establishment Shehzad Arbab attended the meeting as representative of the federal government, while senior provincial minister Shahram Tarakai, KP Finance Minister Taimoor Saleem Jhagra, other provincial ministers and heads of provincial departments were also present at the meeting.

The meeting discussed rehabilitation, infrastructure development, extension of Social Welfare Department, creation of new job opportunities, providing job security to Khassadar and Levies personnel and provision of other facilities and mainstreaming of the newly merged tribal districts.

The meeting decided to bring a transparent financial management system in the tribal districts and train the tribal government officials in this regard to enable them for form their own budgets. The meeting was told that Levies Khassadar (Transition) Ordinance and KP Khassadar Regularisation and Protection Ordinance 2019 have been approved by the Law Department which will be presented before the provincial cabinet for approval. The Departments of Jails and Prosecution have also been extended to the tribal districts and 152 vacancies in the department will be created.

The meeting was told that 25 seats have been created in the provincial assembly for the tribal districts, while there will be 702 village council seats and 25 TMAs. During the briefing, it was revealed that 460 new schemes have been included in the Annual Development Programme for the tribal districts. As many as 129 small schemes will be completed by June this year.

The chief minister and PM’s adviser appreciated the officers of KP for their efficient work for extension of different departments to the tribal districts in a short time. They expressed confidence that the government officials will continue to work with dedication to facilitate the tribal population.

Shehzad Arbab assured the provincial government to remove impediments in implementation of 3 percent share for the tribal districts in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award which is around Rs128 billion. He said the federal government intends to shift these resources to the tribal districts by the end of this month. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan will also give a special grant to KP.

Mehmood Khan said 17,000 new vacancies will be created in the tribal districts in the first phase. He assured that the funds from the NFC award will be spent in the tribal districts.

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