PESHAWAR: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved Dera Ismail Khan Khan Motorway and Dir Expressway projects.

This was stated by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan while chairing a meeting of the provincial cabinet in Peshawar on Monday. He said both these mega projects were on the agenda of Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting to be held on 16th July for inclusion in the CPEC portfolio. He directed the quarters concerned to remove hurdles in the private land acquisition for public welfare-oriented projects.

Briefing the media about the decisions of the cabinet, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Kamran Bangash said that an important legislation regarding Child Protection Act was tabled before the cabinet. The cabinet constituted a committee comprising Minister for Social Welfare Hisham Inamullah Khan, Law Minister Fazal Shakoor Khan, Minister for Labour Shaukat Yousafzai and Advocate General to further deliberate upon the Act in order to make it more effective.

Kamran Bangash said the cabinet disapproved supplementary grant for University of Agriculture, Peshawar and directed the quarters concerned to present a comprehensive case for all the universities to settle their financial issues once for all.

The cabinet approved amendments in Rules of Business 1985 and draft notification whereby administrative departments and attached formations will be allowed to hire the services of legal advisors for pursuing official cases in the court of law effectively.

Mr Bangash reiterated the government’s pledge to hold local bodies elections in one go, and added that the provincial government had made all preparations as well as allocated necessary funds for the purpose.

The cabinet approved package for strengthening and upgradation of BHUs (basic health units), RHCs (rural health centres) and Category A,B,C and D hospitals. The cabinet also approved to hire the services of respiratory therapists in order to bring down the death ratio in the context of COVID-19. The Cabinet also renamed Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital Swat as Swat Kidney Hospital.

The cabinet approved framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as Pakistan is signatory to the SDGs. It approved handing over the transfer of ambulance services to the Relief Department formally assigned to the Health Department. The cabinet also approved re-constitution of Board of Directors of Board of Investment and Trade. It accorded one-year extension to the Special Forum established for merged districts.



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