PESHAWAR - The Chief Minister KP, Pervez Khattak has said that the provincial government besides planning for the efficient utilization of natural resources was also offering attractive incentives for investors to promote industrialization in the province.

He said this during meeting with a delegation of the prominent anchors hailing from various channels of Lahore who called on him at Chief Minister House Peshawar on Thursday night.

The CM also hosted dinner in the honour of the visiting journalists. Special Assistant to Chief Minister for Information, Mushtaq Ghani, Senior Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai and Secretary for Information, Tahir Hassan were also present on the occasion.

Khattak briefed the journalists that people had voted the government for bringing a change in the system and reformation of institutions to provide them justice. He said that the government had to spend its first two years in reforming the institutions and making the necessary legislation.

He said that the government instead of spending on mega projects was focusing on the improvement of the existing facilities to provide improved services to the common man.

He informed that provision of better basic services including education, health and reforms in police system and land record were focused for the purpose. The CM elaborated that the government besides setting standard design for school building including 6 rooms and 6 teachers had also introduced internal monitoring system in educational institutions to improve education standard.

He said that 15000 primary schools had been funded through PTC to facilitate it, while the remaining schools would be funded in the next budget.

The local government, he said had also been transferred 30 per cent of the developmental funds with clear identification of sectors for spending. He said that higher secondary schools in the province had been provided Rs 8 billion for its betterment.

The CM heralded that law was in offing to link teachers’ promotion with results. He said that 20 thousand teachers had been recruited in the province while more 20000 would be recruited in next fiscal year.

The chief minister told the media men that teaching hospitals of the province had been given autonomy while district and tehsil headquarters hospitals would be gradual granted autonomy.

He said that the government had put an end to political interference in the affairs of the police system, transformed land record and improved health delivery care system.

“Autonomous Industrial Development Board with induction of the private sector had been formed to facilitate investment,” the CM asserted.

He said that lucrative salaries were being provided to doctors while to meet staff shortages in hospitals, doctors, nurses and technicians had also been recruited.

The CM elaborated that apart from emergency services, free cancer, hepatitis and diabetes treatment facilities were being provided in the province.

He explained that feasibility of 5000 megawatts hydel power generating capacity projects were ready for investment. “

The government was spending Rs 7 billion on the development 3500 small hydro power projects in the province”, the Chief minister said.

Similarly he announced that funds would be provided to convert all police stations to model police stations in the province in the next financial year.

“There was regular exchange of information for the restoration of peace among military and law enforcement agencies in the province”, he maintained. He informed the delegation of the measures taken for industrial development, solarisation of tube wells, Billion Tree Tsunami project and drive for removal of encroachments on the occasion.

“80 per cent of ADP funds in the province were utilized, which is much better ratio of utilization than other provinces of the country”, he remarked.

He said that due to non-provision of the provincial share of Rs 25 billion of net hydel profit by the federal government was creating problems in funds utilization in the province.

He regretted that the federal government was discouraging foreign investors to invest in the province by denying issuance of NOC and sovereign guarantee.