PESHAWAR: The Provincial Development Department (P&D) has released 08 months performance report revealing that Rs 20.4 billion worth projects for tribal districts during the financial year of 2018-19 has been approved.

The report stated that the department has integrated the same with the development program of the Province and 78 developmental schemes have been approved by the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) for merged districts.

It was informed that the focus of the P&D Department is on 10 years Development Plan of tribal Districts. In this regard, a project “Establishment of Centralized GIS System” has been launched to review the developmental plan in consultation of departments, international donor partners and other key stakeholders in the region.

The process of digitization of different sectors has already been initiated while the rest are in the process of its completion. Main objectives of the project are to avoid duplication of work and to ensure the distribution of funds according to the will of public and need basis.

The GIS hub has also developed foresee prototype for Elementary and Secondary education, P&D Department has finalized first Investment Policy with the aim to provide equal opportunities for local and foreign investors, improved governance and transfer of technology and Human Resource.

It was also informed that P&D Department has been progressing on Public Private Partnership concept and Public Investment Management Plan, considerable preparatory works have been for undertaking voluntary national Review for the achievement of SDGs, Rashakai Special Economic Zone has also been finalized under CPEC, the report said.

The strategy would be launched in early May 2019, so far 232 schemes have been approved in 14 meetings of PDWP including 78 schemes of Merged Areas, 938 M&E reports have been generated, 400 feedbacks reports have been received, 282 follow up monitoring visits have been made and Annual M&E Report 2017-18 has been disseminated and Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) 2016-17 has been published with other important statistical reports by Bureau of Statistics working under the P&D Department.