PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government plans to introduce education cards like health cards to facilitate less-privileged students to help them continue their higher education in public and private sector universities.

This was revealed by KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan while expressing his views at the floor of the provincial assembly after approval of the budget 2021-22 on Saturday.

The chief minister said it was responsibility of the government to support all those students who could not continue their education due financial problems. Mahmood Khan said an agreement had been signed with the Bank of Khyber to allocate Rs10 billion for interest-free loans to shopkeepers, owners of private schools and other businesses who suffered losses due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Mahmood Khan told the House that four state-of-the-art hospitals would be established in five zones in KP including one for merged districts so that they could avail medical treatment at their doorsteps.

The chief minister said evening shift classes would be started in schools soon for which 25,000 more teachers would be hired on merit. He said furniture would be provided to 95 percent schools during the next fiscal year.

Mahmood Khan said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be the first province to set up Livestock University and a food security policy would be introduced to meet future challenges of food shortage. He said the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award would be updated and the federal government would pay a due share of KP including all arrears.

The chief minister said as many as 700,000 farmers would be provided subsided and free of cost seeds and other incentives. He said KP City Infrastructure Development project with the support of Asian Development Bank would be launched to address sanitation and sewerage issues across the province.

Mahmood Khan said that legislation was planned to stop housing societies on agriculture lands. He said ration cards would be introduced under which food items would be provided to deserving people at their doorsteps. He said crackdown would be launched against criminals, land grabbers, encroachers, and hoarders. He said that reservations of the opposition lawmakers about disparity in the development schemes would be addressed.



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