PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly yesterday passed Journalists Welfare Endowment Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to provide Rs1 million to the families of journalists embracing martyrdom in the line of duty in terrorism-related incidents.

The bill was moved by Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani in the assembly. It stated that the families of journalists embracing martyrdom in acts of terrorism will be paid rupees one million.

The passage of the bill also allows payment of Rs20,000 to the family members of deserving journalist in case of his death or to the deserving journalist in case of death of any of his family member as funeral charges.

Similarly, Rs20,000 will be paid for medical treatment of the deserving journalist or his family members, the bill states. The journalist who becomes permanently disabled due to any reason will be paid Rs200,000 while a deserving journalist, once compensated or assisted will not be entitled to claim for any other compensation under any other law for the time being in forced, the bill concluded.

The house also passed a resolution against double fine by the Provincial Transport Authority (PTA) on delayed payment of route permit and renewal of permit in the province.

The resolution moved by Saleh Muhammad of PML-N stated that the police imposed fine of Rs5000 on the late payment of route permit and imposed fine of Rs520 on the renewal of permit which was great injustice. He called for abolition of the same.

Replying to a point of order raised by PTI’s Mehmood Jan, Minister for Religious Affairs Habibur Rehman said provision of facilities to the intending pilgrims by the private tours operators fell in the domain of the federal government.

“Mehmood Jan has complained that private tour operators did not provide required facilities to the pilgrims which they had pledged to provide at the time of departure.” He said the pilgrims performing the haj on government's quota were being charged Rs130,000 and Rs65,000 whereas the private tour operators were charging more than government but providing less facilities.

Asmatullah of JUI-F in his call attention notice drew the attention of the house towards shifting of the site of the police station in Kohistan.

Reacting to the call attention notice, Minister for Labour Shah Farman told the house that police station would be constructed at the site mentioned in the ADP 2015-16.

To another call attention notice put forth by Najma Shaheen of JUI-F, Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai assured that an extra security guard would be provided for Women and Children Hospital Kohat and construction of boundary wall around the hospital. Najma Shaheen had referred to poor dilapidated condition of said hospital in Kohat.

Replying to a question by Maulana Mufti Fazle Ghafoor during question hour, Special Assistant to KP CM Amjad Afridi told the house that government was planning to develop and promote tourism sector in the scenic valley of Dadi Gogand, Rajgalai Kaleel, Kundawo and Elem Karakar in Neelum areas of Buner district. The feasibility study in this effect was underway and solid measure has been taken in this regard.