KP govt allocates Rs1.45b for minorities welfare, PA told

Peshawar – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday was informed that the provincial government was taking measures to provide all kinds of facilities to minorities at their door step and a hefty amount of Rs1.45 billion was allocated in this regard. 

Responding the question of Naeema Kishwar of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, during the Question Hour, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Minority Affairs Wazir Zada said an amount of Rs9 million has been allocated for Shamshanghat, Rs12million for a graveyard for Christian community and Rs7.5 million for the purchase of cemetery for Christian community in Kohat.

Similarly, Rs5 million, Rs5 million and Rs7.5 million have also been allocated for purchase of land for graveyard in district Dir Lower, Swabi and Mardan respectively for the minorities community. He said that Rs3.5 million have been allocated for Shamshanghat in district Hungu, Rs3 million for Nowshera and Rs7 million each for graveyard in district Lower Chitral and Swat.

Meanwhile, the KP PA Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani on the question of Nighat Orakzai of PPP directed Commissioner Bannu to send a report regarding funds allocation and expenditure of Commerce and Industries Department at North Waziristan and personally submit it within three-day.

House passes resolution to maintain centralised data of criminals of sexual harassment

Earlier, leader of the opposition, Akram Khan Durrani said that law and order situation in KP, especially in southern district, was going worst so the government should take notice. 

He said that power and gas load-shedding has become a routine matter for the people of KP while inflation has made life miserable for common man.

He said the treasury members did not take KP Assembly proceedings seriously even the minister did not attend to answer the questions of opposition legislators.

Meanwhile, Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani got annoyed over unscheduled power load-shedding during the proceeding of the assembly and directed to summon PESCO chief and forced him to sit in assembly gallery for three hours as punishment.

The chair also deferred the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Deserving Artists Welfare Endowment Fund Bill, 2021 due to absence of the concerned minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai.

Meanwhile, KP Assembly unanimously passed a resolution of Pakistan People’s Party legislator Nighat Orakzai regarding maintenance of centralised data of criminals of kidnapping and sexual harassment of children.

In her resolution she said that there is no centralised data of the criminals involved in sexual harassment and kidnapping of children in the province to identify them in case of any incident, adding that the assembly should recommend the provincial government to have a database of such criminals.

Meanwhile Ikhtiar Wali Khan of PML-N moved a resolution in which he said that KP province was generating hydel power but still the people of the province were being charged with Fuel Price Adjustment (FPA) surcharge in electricity bills which was illegal under 18th Constitutional Amendment.

The Assembly recommended the provincial government to request the federal government to remove FPA surcharge in electricity bills and return or adjust the already collected money under this head.

Similarly, MPA Babar Saleem Swati moved a motion seeking service structure for employees of local government under Local Government Act 2013 to address uncertainty among the employees.

The House passed all three resolutions unanimously. Later, the chair adjourned the assembly proceeding till Tuesday.


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