PESHAWAR - It is injustice to carry out loadshedding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as this province is generating more electricity than its own requirements, KPK Senior Minister Siraj-ul-Haq said this here on Tuesday.

“If centre is serious to overcome power shortage, it must announce energy emergency by exploiting around 20 areas already identified for electricity generation in KPK, instead of spending huge amount on Basha and other dams,” he said this while speaking at the post-budget press conference at the Civil Secretariat. He said that the KPK had the potential to produce 25,000MW electricity.

Siraj alleged that bureaucracy in Islamabad and Wapda were creating hurdles in giving net hydel profit to KPK. “Therefore, it has been decided to utilise every mean to get this right, as net hydel profit is a major source of income for the province. Unfortunately, he said the KPK was not getting it despite the decision of arbitration tribunal.

Apart from this, Sirajul Haq said that they would take all stakeholders into confidence to take the net hydel profit arrears issue with the federal government. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had good intentions to resolve the matter and they would take it up with him to settle it amicably.

Flanked by Provincial Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, Secretary Finance Sahibzada Saeed Ahmed, Secretary Information Azmat Hanif Orakzai, Siraj-ul-Haq said that though it was a provincial budget having little space for allocations, yet the provincial government proposed spending more resources on social sector projects, including education, health, youth and elimination of corruption.

He was of the view that they announced Rs344 billion but the province was mainly depended on federal tax assignment, foreign assistance and loans and its own receipts stood merely at Rs10 to 11 billion with which education, health, employment, agriculture and other problems could not be resolved. “Not only this, only Rs4 billion had been received in its share of Rs93.5 billion revenue receipt which is a jock with the people of militancy-hit province,” he added.

He said special attention would be given to seminaries and a model madrassa would also be set up in Hayatabad. He said the students holding master degrees or having equivalent madarras qualification would be given Rs1,000 per month stipend for one year.

“The provincial lawmakers will get shares in development funds for which a pool has already been created in the ADP and final decision will be taken later,” he added. He said that emergency treatment would be provided free of cost and financial help for treatment of fatal diseases would also be provided and insulin bank would be set up for the diabetics.

He said that they increased salaries and pension by 15 and now expected from the government employees to enhance their work capacity by 30 per cent. “The VIP culture will be eliminated in the province while reforms will be initiated to end patwari culture in the province. In addition, thana culture will be eliminated and computerised registration of FIR will be ensured,” he added.

He said that KPK government had started journey towards real change by cutting down the expenditure of VIP houses and banning foreign treatment of VIPs, including chief minister, governor, ministers, MPAs and bureaucrats. “We want to abolish VIP culture in the province. We are aspirant that students in schools and colleges, complainant at police stations, patients at hospitals and common people at public offices be given VIP status,” he added. He said the coalition government would soon introduce a new local government bill in the house after which election will be announced in the province.