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KPK Provincial Ministers assigned portfolios

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PESHAWAR: The Caretaker Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has assigned portfolios to provincial ministers, said a notification issued by KP Administration Department here Wednesday.

Abdur Rauf Khan Khattak has been allotted portfolios of Finance, Planning and Development, Local Government & Rural Development, Housing and Inter-provincial Coordination Departments.

Anwar ul Haq has been allotted portfolios of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative, Irrigation and Food, Sana Ullah given portfolios of Industries, Technical Education, Manpower, Mines and Mineral Development Departments, Muqadas Ullah allotted portfolios of Revenue, Excise and Taxation, Narcotics Control and Labor, Fazl Elahi allotted portfolios of Energy and Power and Public Health Engineering Departments, Dr. Sarah Safdar allotted portfolios of Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Commerce, Archives and Libraries, Social Welfare, Religious and Minority Affairs, Muhammad Rashid allotted portfolios of Forestry, Environment and Wildlife, Sports , Culture , Tourism and Youth Affairs, Justice Retd Asad ullah Khan Chamkani allotted portfolios of Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, Relief, Rehabilitation and Settlement Departments, Zafar Iqbal Bangash allotted portfolios of Information and Public Relations, Science, Technology and Information Technology and Akbar Jan Marwat has been allotted portfolios of Health and Population Welfare Departments.

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The decline in crime graph in KP

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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan Tuesday said the provincial government has laid down the foundation for bringing dynamism and efficiency in the public sector institutions to deliver on merit and justice.
Addressing the participants of 24th Senior Management Course of National Institute of Management Peshawar here at CM House Peshawar, he said there would be no deviation from just and merit-based decision making, he added.
He said that expeditious development is the mission of his government, adding that he had laid down some guiding principles for good governance that included participatory approach in the governance, rule of law, accountability, transparency, responsiveness, consensus orientation, equality, public welfare, efficiency, monitoring, and strategic vision.
These principles would lead the province and the country towards rapid and sustained economic growth, adding that “we have to contribute collectively in order to obtain our shared goal of national development.”
Mahmood Khan attributed the short decline of crime graph and terrorism to the efficient border fencing, combined search and combing operations and strengthening the intelligence gathering mechanism in the province.
The chief minister informed the participants about the extension of public sector entities to the newly merged seven districts of the erstwhile FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Except judiciary, police, Excise, and Revenue, all other departments had already been extended to the new seven districts, he added.
Mahmood Khan said his government was working on the strengthening of governance at the lower tier in order to address the people’s grievances at the local level. The government wanted to engage the potential of the youth in constructive and productive sectors. The local government’s model of this province was unique in nature and would be the most suitable local government in the history of the country.
He said all the citizens were equal under the law, adding, he presented himself for accountability and the provincial government introduced the conflict of interest and other such sun shining laws to discourage the misuse of power and resources.
The Right to Information would totally eliminate favoritism, whimsical decision making, personal likes and dislikes, corruption and irregularities.
Mahmood Khan said his government totally eliminated political interference in all public institutions in order to ensure that the deserving get their right on merit. There is a check and balance mechanism and the government was accountable to the people.
It brought along the factor of responsiveness to the public demand, adding the dispute resolution councils resolved the petty nature of disputes between and among the people.
The chief minister said his government introduced the concept of public welfare in the governance model, adding the laws, the decision making and the efficiency in institutions were aimed at ensuring the public interest.
His government wanted to invest in human resource development and introduced the system of reward and punishment in the public sector institutions. He established independent monitoring units to assess the performance of public sectors institutions. He had been having surprise visits to hospitals, police stations, and mega projects in order to give relief to the people.
Mahmood Khan told the participants that he was aware of the natural advantages of the province which were being exploited for the benefit of the people and the vision of Imran Khan was being followed for change with zeal and zest.
The chief minister said that Reshakai and Hattar Economic Zones along with the industrial estates in 17 districts was an encouraging step attracting the investors to invest at large scale in industrialization and trade, adding that this province was going to be the center of trade and commercial activities in the wake of CPEC.
His government has already sensitized different training institutes to train the youth for the upcoming challenges.
Mahmood Khan congratulated the participants of the 24th Senior Management Course for their successful completion of the course, adding the public servants constantly get the knowledge to practically serve the people. The public servants do not have any affiliation with political parties or grouping but honestly, contribute to the collective goal of policy implementation prepared by the elected representatives of the people.

 

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Miners’ children to get scholarships

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PESHAWAR: The KP Government has planned to award a scholarship to students of miners children studying in top professional colleges and universities of the province so that they could continue their studies without any financial constraints.
The children of miners reading in medical colleges, engineering universities, Doctors Veterinary Medicines (DVMs) and agriculture universities would get merit scholarship as per PM Imran Khan’s vision to provide quality education to all.
The children of miners of KP studying in art and architecture, finance arts, textile and other professional colleges and institutes in the country would also get the scholarship, officials in KP Mines and Mineral Department told APP on Sunday.
Apart from scholarship, interest-free loans would be provided to mining leaseholders for mechanization of mining activities for marble and granite in the province.
The KP Govt has chalked out a comprehensive plan to strengthen mines and mineral sector with special focus on the provision of interest-free loans to miners for the purchase of modern machinery necessary for exploration and increasing production, provision of quality education and health services to their families and children at top institutes of the province.
The Department has embarked upon multifaceted approach to enhance skills of miners for exploration, production, marketing, and utilization of latest machinery in digging of mines and avoid its wastage during search and purification process.
Pakistan’s marble, gems, and granite are preferred choice of exporters in the world especially in Gulf and the Central Asia States with a potential to generate millions of rupees revenue for national kitty if properly marketed overseas.
As per development plan, weigh stations in all potential districts including Manshera, Shangla, Swat, Dir, and Chitral would be established and special capacity building program for miners would be launched.
The first ever mining cadastre system is being introduced in the province, entailing online reporting through automatic way besides determining mineral rights of a business community.
The official said a mega project had been launched to conduct geological mapping and carve out a map identifying mineral sites in KP.
The department is working on a robust mechanism by introducing a management information system to discourage illegal mining practices and this system would help collect more revenue for provincial kitty.
Govt has allocated a huge amount of Rs401 million for seven projects including Rs354.367 million for five ongoing projects and Rs 46.633 million for two new projects for the financial year 2018-19.
The KP mineral sector governance act 2016 &2018 and rules made thereunder have been promulgated whereas online applications have been already started for facilitation of public, businessmen and miners.
The department had recovered Rs 46.466 million on account of excise duty against the target of Rs 115 million for 2018-19, the official said and added that over Rs 501.293 million were collected on account of minerals so far, exceeding the total amount accumulated over the same period last year by more than Rs 50 million.
Licensing authority and Mineral Tiles Committee had expedited work on disposal of applications, deciding on a total of 68 applications during the first 100 days of PTI Govt.
To quickly addressed people and miners problems, the department has Complaint Cell at Mineral Directorate which had received 16 complaints and that six complaints related to mines had been addressed instantly while remaining had been forwarded to officers concerned for further action.
As many as 11 inquires had been conducted so far and 18 applications had been forwarded to the concerned commissioner for compensation, the official said.
Miner is being extended free treatment in 12 well-equipped dispensaries and an advertisement had been published seeking applications from sons of minors or laborers for admissions in medical and engineering colleges.
The advertisement had been published in national dailies for freed education to children under scholarship programme and work centers were being started for free treatment through telemedicine.
The process had been launched for extending scholarships to miners with disabilities besides initiating scholarships for trainee minors.
A total of 451 inspections were conducted on land and deep landmines and implanted act 1923-19(i) on 58 mines, adding a total of 724 mines were registered to receive Rs425000 registration fee.
The official said three training courses had been conducted and enlightened the participants about new techniques in digging and development of mines and mineral imperative to enhance revenue.

 

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Economy

KP govt providing soft loans to farmers

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PESHAWAR:  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Mohibullah Khan Wednesday said that small farmers were being provided loans on soft conditions to enhance their production capacity in a better manner.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the two-day Livestock & Poultry Farmers Convention here at Charsadda Road, he directed for introducing of modern agricultural techniques among the farmers.
Those present on the occasion were included members of KP Assembly, Asif Khan, Pir Fida advocate, senior officers of the Livestock Directorate including Dr. Sher Mohammad, Dr. Mirza Ali Khan, Dr. Khisro Kaleem, Malik Ayaz Wazir, Alamzeb, president, Livestock Farmers Association, Asif Awan, patron-in-chief Dr. Ghufranullah, president Veterinary Doctors Association, Habib Khan, Syed Sardar Badshah and farmers from across the country.
The minister also inspected different stalls established by livestock, fisheries and agriculture departments, banks and multi-national companies and appreciated the performance of the concerned stakeholders.
Later, addressing the convention, the provincial minister said the agriculture and livestock play a crucial role in economic stability. Therefore, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan in the 100-day plan has directed focusing on the development of these sectors.
He said the provincial government was addressing the problems of small farmers on a priority basis as they play in the fulfilling of the domestic food requirements and going forward towards self-sufficiency in food items.
Mohibullah Khan said that similar conventions would also be organized at divisional level to create awareness regarding livestock.

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