PESHAWAR -  The KP cabinet on Monday approved Rs 10,000 as monthly stipend for prayer leaders of jamia mosques in the province.

This decision will take effect from February 2018. This stipend will be given to the prayer leaders having proper degrees from any of the five recognised boards of deeni madaris (seminaries).

It is also mandatory that the prayer leaders must be permanent residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This stipend will be directly transferred to the accounts of eligible imams for which modalities are being worked out. There will be an official committee for this purpose at district level.

Mosque committees will also be given a due weight in the process. In case of change of a prayer leader, the mosque committee concerned will send its nomination to the district level official committee for the appointment of a new imam. This initiative will cost Rs 3.25 billion per annum.

The cabinet also approved a draft bill for regularisation of 4,835 employees of 57 different projects. The draft bill will be tabled in the provincial assembly for enactment.

The cabinet, in its meeting held under the chairmanship of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, also conditionally approved upgrade of Kulachi area in DI Khan and Upper Chitral in Malakand division to the status of districts. However, the decision would take effect from the date of lifting of the ban imposed by the Election Commission of Pakistan for completion of new delimitations.

The cabinet, in the context of powers entrusted to the province after the 18th Amendment, also approved new comprehensive culture policy to promote regional languages, literature, culture, sports, lok virsa and exchange of cultural delegates at national and international level.

The cabinet also approved a policy of issuance of licences of restricted bore. To make the process of issuance of licences transparent, an arms committee will be constituted at district level to be headed by deputy commissioners. The committee will issue licences after seeking approval from the competent authority within the monthly allocated quota.

In addition, the cabinet approved certain amendments in Partnership Rules, 1932, whereby necessary changes have been proposed in fees of regular firms.

The provincial cabinet approved the restructuring of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade and directed all the administrative secretaries concerned to present detailed performance reports of all the boards under their respective jurisdictions. The provincial cabinet also approved legal framework to regulate the public procurement.

The chief minister directed the authorities concerned to introduce e-work-order system besides e-bidding and e-billing in all the departments with the aim to ensure maximum transparency. The cabinet also approved the budget strategy papers.

Meanwhile, the cabinet approved a declaration of deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners and additional/assistant commissioners as Inspectors under Section 10 of the Allopathic System (Prevention of Misuse) Ordinance, 1962, to curb quackery and ensure the provision of quality health services to the people of district level.

Meanwhile, on the approval of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister based on the recommendation of the Provincial Selection Board, Liaqat Ali (BPS-18) has been appointed as member, provincial inspection team, (inquiry) (BPS-19), on acting-charge basis with immediate effect. It was notified here by Provincial Inspection Team, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Similarly, on the recommendations of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission, the competent authority (the chief minister) has appointed Dr Rahmat Ali Khan (presently serving as MO in Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital Swat) as district specialist nephrology ((BS-18) on regular basis with immediate effect. He will be on probation for a period of one year. It was notified here by the KP health department.