ISLAMABAD - Around 0.2 million Internally Displaced Persons of FATA have returned to their homes under the National Action Plan, reveals a report of Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON).
According to a reply submitted by the Ministry in the National Assembly during the question hour, a total of 193,218 families have returned to their homes. Around 102,006 families have completed the verification process, while 46,736 are in the process of repatriation.
A large number of Tribal Areas residents had to migrate to safer areas after the government launched a military offensive against terrorists, under the NAP in mid of 2014.
As many as 44,476 families could not be verified.
The FATA consists of seven semi-autonomous agencies or administrative units – Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur, Kurram, Orakzai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan. Additionally, the FATA includes 'frontier regions that adjoin the districts of Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan, called FR Bannu, FR Dera Ismail Khan, FR Kohat, FR Lakki, FR Peshawar, and FR Tank.
Spread on an area of 27220 sq kilometers.
During 31 March, 2015 to 13 February 2016, 109,625 families returned to their homes in Khyber Agency.
During the same period, 41,865 families returned to their homes in North Waziristan Agency, while 15,800 families went back to South Waziristan.
As many as 15,080 families of Orakzai Agency were sent back to their place of origin, during October 15, 2015 to October 2015, while 10,848 families of Kurram Agency shifted back to their homeland, during the same period, he said.
According to the Ministry data, after the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, on 15 June 2014, around 65,138 families of FATA, consisting of 821,424 individuals (around 80 per cent of total displaced) were displaced to adjoining districts predominantly Bannu district.
Besides Bannu, the families from North Wazirsitan moved to D.I.Khan, Lakki Murwat District, Karak District Hangu District while approximately 7 per cent of total displaced people moved to other areas of the country.
The Ministry also mentioned that present population of FATA is estimated around 4.492 million and there is one doctor for more than 9000 people in FATA as compared to 6000 in the neighbouring province, against the international standard of one doctor for 1500-1600 people.
Almost 40 per cent posts (307) of doctors have been vacant, which comprises of 76 per cent specialists and 34 per cent General Duty Medical Officers.
It was pointed out that 454 clinical doctors were insufficient to deliver health services. Insecurity, lack of basic facilities in the area, and insufficient incentives were termed the main reasons of fewer medical staff. The Ministry said there has been no upgradation of colleges in FATA since 1996 and teaching allowance has been stopped.
“Since the provincial govt has not sanctioned any teaching allowance for its teaching staff, therefore, the teaching allowance of FATA teachers has been stopped”, Ministry told the Secretariat.