PESHAWAR: A meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Prime Minister Office on Friday to review progress on the merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and administrative reforms.

Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, KP Governor Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, PM’s Adviser Shehzad Arbab, parliamentarians from tribal districts and other officials attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the prime minister was given a detailed briefing on the progress on administrative reforms after the merger. He was told that some departments under the Fata Secretariat have been shifted to the control of the KP government and work on shifting of other departments is underway. The departments of education, Zakat, Ushr, social welfare and population welfare have been merged with KP government so far.

The premier was told that a special committee headed by the chief minister has been formed to make 10-year planning for development of the merged districts. He was informed that Rs1.1 billion have been allocated in the budget for provision of health cards to the people of tribal districts under the PM’s National Health Programme. A notification about exemption of the tribal districts from taxes for the next five years has also been issued.

It was revealed that the annual development programme for the tribal districts has been approved and work on delimitation of constituencies is also in progress which will complete next month.

Imran Khan said the tribal areas were merged with KP to bring positive change in the lives of the people. He said some elements are against the merger, but they will never succeed and their conspiracies will be foiled. He said the people of the tribal districts should know that the merger has been done for their betterment. He said he will play his role for giving share to the tribal districts in the National Finance Commission Award.