PESHAWAR - FATA Secretariat has received its first installment of Rs 5 billion allocated for rehabilitation of IDPs, said a press release.

This was disclosed during a meeting to review development packages announced by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan for Tirah Valley in the Khyber Agency.

Rupees 0.4 million each will be given to those who’s house have been damaged completely while Rupees 1,60,000 each to who’s houses are damaged partially, the meeting discussed.

Besides cash amount, FATA Disaster Management had distributed 390 shelter repair kits, 470 roof kits and 65 shelters in TirahValley while 18000 more roof kits would be distributed in Tirah soon.

The meeting was told that a comprehensive development programme had been devised for the repatriation, rehabilitation and reconstruction of tribesmen displaced during recent military operations against terrorists.

Committees consisting of local political administration, personnel of law enforcing agencies as well as local tribesmen had been established to prepare estimates of the damages with transparency.

It was further disclosed that local committees established in the agencies had so far initiated surveys in the North and South Waziristan as well as Khyber agency.

The committees after completing survey in the Shalobar and QamberKhel tehsils of Bara are now busy surveying at Tirah Valley preparing damage estimates. It was stated that after finalising, provision of financial assistance will be started. Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan was told that on his directives work on the development package of Rs 3.5 billion for remote areas of Tirah is in progress in which the remote areas would be linked with the other developed areas.

Development activities could be judged from the fact that for the first time in the history of Tirah and other tribal areas, a blacktopped road had been constructed in which the Bagh Maidan area of Tirah has been linked with Daboori of Orakzai Agency. Moreover the 16-kilometre portion of the road had been completed while work on 40-kilometre portion was in progress with speed. Besides this, BaghMaidan-HaiderKundaw road is also in progress.

It was told that the Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan had also approved Tirah Maidan to Dawtoi Road, which would link Tirah with Bara through Peshawar and after construction of the road the distance between Tirah and Peshawar would be reduced to 86 km from 186 km. With implementation of the development packages for the first time tehsildar would be posted in Tirah after establishment of Tehsil in the area.

It was also stated that to control law and order in Tirah 200 Levies personnel had been recruited. Moreover opening of schools and health institutions, financial assistance was also being provided to private schools through FATA Education Foundation.

It may be recalled that for the first time anti-polio drive was successfully launched in Tirah Valley. The Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan expressed satisfaction over development initiatives so far in the tribal belt especially in Tirah Valley and pledged that tribal people would be extended all possible support in their bid to survive.

He greatly commended sacrifices of the tribal people.