PESHAWAR - Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Thursday presided over the last meeting of the provincial cabinet wherein he claimed to have made all the government departments apolitical and to have introduced radical reforms in education, health and police departments.

The chief minister told the outgoing cabinet members that terrorism was at its peak in the province, institutions were ineffective; businessmen were not ready to invest in the industrial sector and political interference was in government departments was a routine matter when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) formed coalition government in the province in 2013. He said that the PTI had come into power with an agenda to serve the masses in true sense of the word and subsequently introduced revolutionary reforms in all government sectors including police, health and education for public welfare.

Khattak said that every outgoing government should introduce reforms for the upcoming governments.

Meanwhile, during the last meeting, the cabinet approved KP Labour; Child Labour Protection and Livestock policies 2018 that would help protect fundamental rights of the labourers and children besides improving animals’ breeding in the province.

The labour policy would bring positive improvement in health and other related issues of the labourers, the chief minister said, adding that the policy was in consonance with the international labour laws. The cabinet also approved Child Labour Policy that would help eliminate child labour from the province and ensure provision of quality education to deserving children. The cabinet also approved livestock policy to ensure better breeding of the livestock in the province.

The chief minister in his address said that there was ignorance about importance of the livestock in KP, adding that the cabinet gave 2 months time to the livestock department to chalk out a comprehensive strategy for its effective implementation.

The cabinet also approved extension in the incentives to the industrial units till 2019 in the province to help farmers and people associated with livestock sector in KP. The cabinet also approved recruitment through ETEA for all government departments to ensure transparency and quick recruitment.

The cabinet observed that large scale irregularities had been committed in recruitment tests conducted through independent testing agencies in the past. The ETEA would be bound to contest entry test in time and in case of failure, the services of independent agencies would be hired for recruitment.

The CM on the occasion praised the chief secretary, other administrative secretaries and officials of all departments for supporting him in implementation of his government’s reforms in the province.

The Chief Secretary Azam Khan thanked the chief minister on behalf of all government departments. He said that all departments extended full support to the government in implementation of its agenda and took the decisions strictly on merit.