PESHAWAR - The FATA Reforms Commission (FRC) Thursday recommended introduction of local government system and setting up of levies force by recruiting 500 jawans from each tribal agency, deciding legal reforms, future status of tribal belt, FCR and jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in FATA.

Containing a set of recommendations of reforms in tribal areas, the FRC presented its report to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab at Governor’s House after 11-month deliberations with all the stakeholders.

The FRC was formed soon after Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan took oath as the governor KP on May 16, 2014 with a task to finalize reforms initiatives for removing backwardness from tribal belt and adopt a viable developmental strategy there in accordance with the prominent tribesmen and in conformity with the present day needs. Sharing certain points of the report with media persons, FRC Chairman Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi said that FATA was a very sensitive region and improved law and order was very necessary for bringing development and prosperity in any region.  He said that the FRC had recommended that a levies force should be established by recruiting 500 and 200 jawans from each tribal agency and Frontier Regions respectively be equipped with latest weapons to maintain law and order in the region. He explained that at least 310,000 people had  migrated from tribal areas which was a dreadful event, adding repatriation, restoration and reconstruction process was necessary to be initiated. For this purpose restructuring of the FATA Disaster Management Authority had been proposed.

He said the federal government had been asked to provide financial assistance for repatriation of the IDPs to their houses.

Moreover, the commission has emphasized upon enabling the tribal people to have access to justice and in this regard the commission had recommended extending numbers of FATA tribunals to four.  To enable tribal people to have easy approach to the governor’s secretariat and FATA secretariat, the commission recommended setting up of governor’s council to be headed by the governor. Moreover, the FRC also recommended the establishment of industrial estates in tribal areas, FATA university, warehouses for the development of business activities, giving subsidy on wheat, exemption of the essential commodities from taxes, increasing employment quota and arranging population census, provision of cheap loans and better developmental planning in FATA.

Employment opportunities and skill development for the youth should be provided to tribal people and economic services as well as social protection schemes should be provided to tribal women, the FRC’s report said.