ISLAMABAD - Showing her commitment to FATA merger into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its development at fast pace, Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday pledged ample funds for the purpose and also expressed commitment on part of federal government to play due role in securing maximum funds for FATA uplift in National Finance Commission.
The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting on FATA reforms and its merger and reviewed progress in this regard.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Asad Umar, Law Minister Barrister Faroogh Naseem, Religious Minister Noorul Haq, Advisor to Prime Minister Shahzad Arbab, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and officials of relevant departments and ministries.
It was decided in the meeting that while merging the FATA areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the people of these areas should be taken on board and while framing the laws and statutes the local customs and norms and values should also be taken into account.
The Prime Minister further directed that new job opportunities for the FATA youth should be created and in the process of merger the people on job in these areas should be given full protection.
Extension of health and education facilities in these areas should also be enhanced so that these areas could be brought at par with the developed parts of the country in shortest possible time.
Prime Minister further directed that process of introduction of local government system in FATA areas should be geared up so that the people of these areas should have governance at basic tier in their own hands.
He further directed that ample funds should be provided for these areas so that infra-structure development in the areas going to be merged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa be expedited.
He further assured that federal government would play its due role to secure maximum allocation for the development of these areas in upcoming NFC Award and in this connection they would try to convince the federating units on their point of view.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF LBS IN NEXT 48 HOURS
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting regarding the local government (LG) bodies here at the PM Office and directed the Committee on Local Bodies to finalise its recommendations within the next 48 hours.
The meeting, which was attended by representatives from all the four provinces, deliberated upon various proposals about the LG bodies system.
During the meeting, the prime minister was told about the news of sad demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
The prime minister and participants of the meeting expressed their grief over her death.
Meanwhile, employees of Gharibwal Cement Factory on Tuesday presented a cheque of Rs100,000 to Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain for the Prime Minister and Chief Justice of Pakistan Fund for Dams.
The minister appreciated the spirit of the labour class, who donated for the national cause.
He said the issue of dams’ construction had become a movement and with the spirit all targets could be achieved. They saluted the nation for its commitment and spirit, which had shown large heartedness for nation building process.
The members of the Gharibwal Cement Employees Union said the construction of new water reservoirs was a dream of the labour class and expressed the hope that the PTI government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan would prove a harbinger of real change.
The delegation included Employees Union President Haji Abdul Ghagoor, Secretary General Haji Tariq Javed, Vice President Chaudhry Sanaullah and Deputy Secretary-General Chaudhry Umar Farooq.