Tourism spots’ uplift top priority: CM


Khattak approves Rs284m for FEF colleges to promote quality education

Staff Reporter

Peshawar—Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that Chitral has natural beauty and it is one of the top priorities of the government to develop tourism spots in the province.
He said that the tourism in Chitral valley would be promoted on the pattern of galiyat that would not only create employment opportunities for the people of the area but also the funds generated through the promotion of tourism would be diverted for the welfare and development of that area.
He was talking to a delegation of Chitral led by MPA Fauzia Bibi at Chief Minister’s Secretariat Peshawar. The Chief Minister said that he was very much concerned about Chitral and would soon visit Chitral personally.
The Chief Minister said that 80 percent funds had already been released to the district governments with the sole purpose to ensure rapid development at gross roots level as per needs and aspirations of the people. It was now up to the elected representatives to work hard, monitor the developmental schemes and ensure its quality completion within dateline.
The Chief Minister said that his government evolved a comprehensive strategy to generate additional resources and determined to put the province on the path of progress and prosperity. ‘We are committed to ensure development at grass roots level.’
Meanwhile, presiding over a meeting of Board of Directors of FEF at Chief Minister House, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has approved in principal a grant of Rs284m for Frontier Education Foundation (FEF) Colleges with the direction to move a summary to this effect forthwith. Adviser to CM on Information & Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani, Finance Minister Muzaffar Said, Administrative Secretaries of respective departments, MD FEF & Bank of Khyber, VC University of Engineering & Technology, Advocate General and other concerned attended the meeting.
To run the affairs of the Foundation as per original mandate, ensure its smooth functioning, Chief Minister constituted a subcommittee under the chairmanship of Mushtaq Ghani. The committee is mandated to chalk out modalities and decide the authority for administrative and supervisory control of FEF.
In the previous meeting of BOD, it was proposed on the directives of chief minister that special grant was required for colleges having better enrolment position.
The Chief Minister today approving the said grant stated that the KP government wanted to promote quality education with the end goal to establish a welfare society based on social equality, justice, free of all sorts of exploitation.
He said the provincial government would not compromise on quality of education that was why, educational budget had been increased from more than Rs 100 billion. Chief Minister ordered the authorities concerned to make FEF an effective body and achieve its set objectives and targets. He also directed MD FEF to continue his responsibilities as MD on acting charge basis till the posting of a full-fledged MD, he added.—APP