PESHAWAR, 18 December: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved a package of incentives to attract doctors towards duty in the backward areas.

The provincial government also approved the industrial policy at a meeting of the provincial cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak in Peshawar on Thursday. KP Education Minister Atif Khan and Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai briefed the media at a press conference after the meeting.

The health minister said the districts of KP have been distributed in three categories under the new package for doctors. He said the districts of Peshawar and Abbottabad have been placed in the first category which are the places of choice for most of the doctors. Mr Tarakai said Mardan, Nowshera, Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan, Haripur and Swabi among 12 districts are placed in the second category, while the third category includes the districts of Chitral, Torghar, Bannu, Karak and Lakki Marwat among 11 districts.

In the first category, the specialist doctors in various departments will get allowances up to Rs60,000 to Rs80,000. The second category doctors will get from Rs80,000 to Rs100,000, while the third category doctors will get up to Rs140,000.

Atif Khan said about the new industrial policy that the provincial government will pay 5 percent interest on bank loans for those who install new industries in KP. He said the KP government will also offer 25 percent concession on bringing machinery from other districts or abroad and payment of electricity bills for the next two years.

The KP government will also establish modern dry ports and special economic zones. Efforts will also be made for revival of sick industrial units.

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