PESHAWAR: The federal government has decided in principle to give a massive development package for the tribal districts.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan met Prime Minister Imran Khan at the chamber of the National Assembly Speaker in Islamabad on Wednesday during which the premier said economic activities in the tribal districts will be enhanced and the youth will be provided job opportunities. The prime minister directed that steps must be taken to make the poor people of the tribal districts stand on their own feet. He said poverty alleviation in the tribal districts was among the top priorities of the government.

Imran Khan told the chief minister that a massive development package will be given to the tribal districts to ensure speedy development. He asked Mehmood Khan to direct his cabinet ministers to continue visits to the tribal districts and work on extension of their departments to the merged districts to facilitate the people.

The chief minister informed the prime minister about steps taken by the KP government for development of the tribal districts and resolution of problems faced by the people. He told the premier that work on infrastructure projects is underway in the tribal districts and more work will be carried out in consultation with the local population. He said the law and order situation has improved in the region and now people are taking active part in the development process.

Mehmood Khan said he is personally monitoring the development projects, visits of the provincial ministers and performance of the government officials in the tribal districts. He said loans will be provided to the tribal youth to enable them to start their own business and stand on their own feet. The chief minister said infrastructure projects, rehabilitation of displaced people, initiation of economic activities and provision of jobs to the tribal youth was a big challenge. He said all these challenges will be tackled in the guidance of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The prime minister directed that all the development schemes in KP must be thoroughly monitored. He said he is well aware of the problems of the tribal districts and he will fulfil his pledges made for betterment of these areas. He said Sehat Insaf Cards will be provided to every family in the tribal districts.

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