CM KP Mahmood Khan chairing a provincial cabinet meeting at Cabinet Room, Civil Secretariat, Peshawar.

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan on Wednesday summoned the next meeting of the provincial cabinet at District Khyber.

This will be the first such meeting of provincial ministers in the tribal district after the merger of the tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The date of the meeting is not yet announced.

The Chief Minister also directed the officials concerned to issue the final schedule of KP minister’s visits to all the tribal districts in order to increase contacts with the public and restore their confidence in KP government for the development of all the newly-merged districts.

“It is our top priority to bring the tribal areas into the mainstream,” claimed the chief minister in a statement issued after the cabinet meeting at Civil Secretariat. He added the speedy development and providing relief to the war affected people of the tribal areas is now the government major goal.

The chief minister of the province has already paid his first visit to the District Khyber while KP ministers including the health and education ministers also visited North and South Waziristan. The ministers during their visits, announced a number of developmental projects for the districts, especially in health and education sectors.

Chief Minister Mehmood Khan also directed the concerned authorities to device a mechanism so that the decisions taken by the cabinet could be implemented in its real sense. “All the decision and policies of the provincial government should be given a practical shape without any delay,” the Chief Minister said. In his statement, the chief Minster has also announced the restart of the Billion Tree Tsunami Project (BTTP) in the province.

Khan ordered the allocations of Rs 500 million from forest development fund and Rs 500 million from the provincial exchequer for the relaunching of BTTP. “We have carried out a very successful tree plantation project,” claimed the Chief Minister. “Now we want to further improve it so that it becomes a model for other provinces to follow.”