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New Local Govt Act 2019 finalized: Info minister

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MOHMAND: Provincial Minister for Information Shaukat Yousafzai here Monday said that Local Government Act 2019 has been finalized with main focus on providing the best civic amenities to people at the grassroots level.

Addressing a press conference here, the Information Minister flanked by Ajmal Wazir, said that local government elections in merged areas would be held after the general elections for 16 seats of the provincial assembly in the erstwhile FATA.

The Information Minister clarified that the decision to provide funds to Haqqani Madrasah in Akora Khattak Nowshera was taken by the previous Government.

He maintained that the Government was providing financial support to big religious seminaries to enable its students to compete with top educational institutions besides providing dignified jobs to them.

The religious seminaries are providing free of cost education to the students, therefore, their sense of deprivation must be removed, he explained.

The Information Minister while defending the report of a committee about inability of sixty percent teachers in Government schools to teach Urdu subject stated that the induction of incompetent and inefficient teachers was the legacy of the Govt of PMLN and PPP.

It merits a mention here that CM advisor on education Ziaul Bangash during recent areas to the merged areas had stated that majority school teachers in public schools are incompetent and inefficient.

Massive inductions were made during previous regimes of PPP and PMLN in the education department without following the criteria merit and transparency, he said, adding that any jobless person who could not find any other job, was recruited as teacher by the PPP and PMLN Govts in the past.

The PTI Govt inducted 56000 teachers strictly on merit who are fluent in speaking English, he added.

The CM advisor on merged areas Ajmal Wazir said that chief minister Mahmood Khan will formally launch the Sehat Insaf Card scheme in merged areas soon which will provide free medication facilities to every family up to the range of Rs7,20,000 per year from Bajaur to Waziristan.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.