Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai. -A file photo

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet Thursday approved Rs 4.8 billion for development in newly merged tribal districts and to address the problems of people, Minister for Information KP Shaukat Yousafzai told media.

He said the cabinet has decided to take up development in tribal districts with the federal government to bring these areas at par with other districts of the province.

Briefing reporters here after the cabinet meeting, he said the cabinet has decided to auction as many as 99 non-custom paid vehicles under the use of unauthorized officials to reduce burden on provincial kitty.

He deplored that the past government allowed purchase and use of non-custom paid vehicles to officials of various government departments.

He said the Chief Minister uses only one vehicle for official use while rest of the vehicles on his disposal are used as per the necessity.

The Minister said that the cabinet has decided to remove the condition of NOC for new investor to invest in KP province rather the investor would be facilitated and encouraged to invest.

Under the head of hydel profit, the cabinet decided to continue efforts to get due share of the province from the federal government by pursuing the matter, he told media.

He said with the cooperation of federal government the 5th unit of Tarbella dam would be inaugurated by 2021 while work on Dasu Dam would be completed by 2022. He said the federal government would give Rs 70 billion outstanding dues under the head of hydel profit to KP in two installments.

He said earlier there were issues between the federal and provincial governments with regard to gas and electricity. Till 2016 the outstanding dues under the head of hydel profit reached at 28 billion, he said and added that now the matters would be resolved as PTI is in power in both the centre and in the province.

Shaukat said that cabinet has constituted a three-member committee to be headed by provincial tourism minister Atif Khan to increase forestation and promote tourism in the province.

The Minister said that under the green Pakistan drive, one billion trees would be planted in KP province out of total 10 billions. He said Rs 27 billion would incur on the project out of which Rs 13.5 billion would be borne by the provincial government and rest by the federal.

The cabinet has decided to make Upper Chitral as district, approved amendment in Child protection act, legislation in the light of Islamic Ideology Council’s recommendations to curb domestic violence against women.

The cabinet approved change of government offices’ timing from 9 to 5 pm. Meanwhile to a question about missing SP Tahir Dawar, the Minister said that the investigation is progressing in right direction and intelligence agencies are also working on it.