LAKKI MARWAT - Reiterating his offer of talks to militants, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that government is ready to hold talks with them (militants) if they surrender and accept the writ of state. Our doors are open for those who are astray (Gumrah) and have chosen the path of violence and militancy if they guarantee living in peace in future, he told a massive public gathering after inaugurating Bacha Khan Vocational Institute in the District Headquarters Complex Tajazai on Wednesday. The project of Bacha Khan Vocational Institute has been completed in Naurang town with the cost of Rs 19 million. The chief minister also unveiled the plaque of foundation stone of a bridge project over river Gambila near Kot Kashmir. The bridge along with approach road will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 100 million. ANPs provincial chapter president Senator Afrasayab Khan Khattak, provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, MPA Yasmeen Zia and district president Advocate Sadruddin Khan also addressed the gathering. Among others, provincial general secretary of ANP Tajuddin Khan, senior vice president Baz Muhammad Khan and information secretary Arbab Tahir Khan, Commissioner Bannu Abdullah Khan Mehsud, RPO Feroze Shah, DCO Nisar Ahmad, DPO Gulzar Ali Khan, ACO Syed Khalid Israr Shah, APA MUhammad Fayyaz Khan Sherpao and District Collector Abdul Kabeer Khan were also present on the occasion. The chief minister also put on red caps to several notables of the district who announced joining Awami National Party. He said that after taking over the reigns of government we chose a difficult path to restore peace and bring normalcy in the province. We did it at the cost of rendering great sacrifices, he maintained. Criticising the political rivals he said that his government gave identity to Pakhtuns by renaming the province as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and got provincial autonomy through the passage of 18th amendment. He said that under NFC award extra resources were achieved from the centre and were being used on the development and uplift of the province. The scope of annual development programmed was jacked up to 80 percent as compared to the past, he told. Mr Hoti said that the resources of net profit of the hydropower generation received from Wapda will be spent on the projects of power sector to generate electricity. He said that he would inaugurate two such projects in power sector in Swat and Chitral in December this year. The chief minister said that the expected income/royalty from the oil and gas was increased to Rs 15 billion from Rs 800 million and the amount would be spent on the uplift of the southern districts and launching projects for the development of the entire province. He announced a huge developmental package of over Rs 650million for the district and said that the ANP-led government would continue its struggle for the betterment and well being of people. Under the package the chief minister announced setting up a cadet college, a boys degree college in Darra Pezu, up gradation of a girls primary school, 15 kilometres road, a bridge over Gambila river, Rs 70 million for installation of tube wells, Rs 20 million for installation of pressure pumps, Rs 15 million for electrification schemes, two buses for colleges, posting of doctors in the district headquarters hospital and reconstruction of Government Higher Secondary School Naurang building.