PESHAWAR - The CPEC became a silent corridor as no one knew when and where the projects would be initiated under the CPEC, the KP chief minister said yesterday.

It seemed that the entire amount of 46 billion dollars was being spent in Punjab; however, after agitation against it, KP succeeded in getting some projects for the province, the CM added.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak was talking to the members of visiting delegation of National Management College Lahore. High ranking officials of the provincial government were also present on this occasion.

The chief minister on a question said that a true and successful system was the one under which institutions worked efficiently and there was no political interference.

Unfortunately, when he took over public sector institutions were in total disarray. He took upon himself to overhaul the entire system and made the public sector institutions subservient to the public aspirations.

He said his government introduced a set of legislations to ensure openness and transparency in the governance related functions. He referred to the Right to Information Act, Right to Services and Conflict of Interest Act that would eliminate corruption and corrupt practices in the province.

Khattak underlined the need for collective efforts to have a pro-poor system of governance, corruption free public dealings, supremacy of merit and getting rights of the province.

Khattak also talked about the reforms in education and health sectors, adding that a major portion of resources were diverted to these sectors.

The government efforts in these sectors led to a visible change. The government efforts were resisted by the agents of status quo but his government stood committed for the reforms in all public sectors institutions and succeeded, he said.

Regarding police and ‘thana’ culture, the chief minister said that police in the province was politicized before his government. His government started depoliticizing police and changed the ‘thana’ culture. The reforms in police were followed by necessary legislation. His government on one hand depoliticized police, but at the same time brought a check and balance mechanism to make police accountable.

There are safety commissions at district, regional and provincial level so that the misuse of powers could be taken care of and the element of the accountability was visible.

The ultimate goal was to provide justice to the poor, he added.

Regarding the mega projects in the province, Pervez Khattak said that reforms in education and health sectors were the mega projects. His government made a considerable headway in these sectors; however, his government completed the Bab-e-Peshawar Flyover in a record time while Swat Motorway, Peshawar Rapid Bus Transit, Circular Railway Project and some others were being started soon.  

Khattak said his government gave a mineral policy and brought legislation for the scientific exploitation of mineral resources of the province. It also succeeded in uprooting the illegal cutting of forests. It also worked on Billion Tree Tsunami project, he said. Regarding the local government system, Khattak said his government devolved power and authority at grass root level and it also gave 30 per cent of developmental resources to the district government system so that the people themselves could evolve a developmental strategy at grass root level.

The chief minister said his government established independent and autonomous Ehtesab Commission. The government presented itself for accountability. With some amendments, the Ehtesab Commission was given more power and authority to work and eliminate corruption and book the corrupt people, he added.   

Khattak said the all parties’ conference convened to mount pressure for getting some projects under CPEC had demanded that the western route should link Dera Ismail Khan, but he negotiated the provincial rights and got more than what the all parties demanded.

Under the CPEC, the province would get the same amount of projects that other provinces would get. In addition Chashma Lift Irrigation Scheme was reflected in the PSDP costing Rs 120 billion. The federal government would share 70 per cent and the province would share 30 per cent as cost of the project.

The western route at Jandh would link Kohat district. In addition there will be a motorway from Peshawar to DI Khan and rail track would be laid from Peshawar to DI Khan as well which was reflected in the PSDP, he added.

 

 

 

 

Khattak also talked about his plan to widen the resource base of the province and it was working on multiple fronts including the commercialization of properties and different targets have been given to different departments for resource generation. He also talked against political interference, favouritism, whimsical decision making and use of power and authority and undue favour.