PESHAWAR - A former provincial minister of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Wednesday submitted a resolution in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seeking probe into alleged corruption in the Billion Trees Tsunami project.

Former minister for minerals Ziaullah Afridi submitted the resolution in the Assembly Secretariat and demanded the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate the alleged corruption and irregularities in the project, of which, the PTI was taking credit of planting more than one billion trees in the province in the last four years.

The resolution further said that as PTI chief Imran Khan and the KP government were claiming that 1.12 billion trees had been planted under the Billion Tsunami project, whereas the official government documents revealed that only 20 per cent or about 240 million trees actually planted.

Afridi, who had won the seat on the PTI ticket and now formally joined the PPP, said in the resolution that this august house is demanding the NAB to probe into the project for alleged corruption, irregularities in the figures of planted trees, buying trees without proper tender and the issue of paying over Rs6 billion in cash.

This mega scandal of corruption should be probed and those involved in corruption must be punished, the resolution concluded.

 

MINERAL DEPT GENERATES OVER RS2B REVENUE IN 2017

 

The Mines and Minerals Department of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has generated over Rs2.10 billion revenue during the fiscal year 2017.

The improvement in the revenue generation improved due to stern monitoring and checks on the mining processes in the province.

Figures made available by the Department of Mines and Minerals state that five regional camp offices for surveillance and monitoring have been established at Abbottabad, Karak, Swat, Peshawar and Chitral in an effort to curtail the illegal mining and ensure control over misuse and unauthorized exploitation and exploration in the province.

Furthermore, district offices have been established under the regional camp offices for effective monitoring and regulation of the mining processes in order to curtail losses to the provincial exchequer.

District camp offices have been established in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Kohistan, Peshawar, Nowshera, Buner, Shangla, Swat, Malakand, Kohat, Hangu, Bannu, DI Khan, and Chitral.

According to the Planning Officer for the KP Mines and Minerals Department, the mechanism for monitoring of the mining activity has been effective because it has generated favorable results by achieving the set goals for revenue generation. During the previous fiscal year, Rs 2.10 billion targets were set which was achieved successfully.

The revenue generation has been made possible through bringing the illegal mining into the mainstream, the imposition of proper royalty and tax on the tonnage of mining carried out and proper check on challans issued to leaseholders.

The initiative is intended to pinpoint the mines granted to leaseholder which are not performing as per required standards and will also check with proper rules and regulations are being followed.