Jirga to be convened to discuss FATA reforms

Rs80b allocated for FATA

Islamabad

Member of National Assembly from Khyber Agency Shah Jee Gul Afridi has convened a Jirga on Monday to discuss reforms process in FATA. According to a private Radio channel , he has invited all tribal parliamentarians,lawyers, students, politicians and elders to attend the Jirga so that it may yield fruitful results.
Shah Jee Gul Afridi said that aim of the Jirga was to urge the government and departments concernmed to implement reforms as soon as possible. The Jirga is convened at the time when politicians were prepared by FATA Reforms Committee which recommended merging tribal belt in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch Friday informed the National Assembly that a sum of Rs 80 billion was earmarked aimed at rehabilitating and reconstructing of health, education and other basic facilities in Federal Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).
Responding to a Calling Attention notice by Qaiser Jamal and others regarding non-inclusion of NA-47 in the (RRU) for rehabilitation/reconstruction work, the minister said a comprehensive programme was devised for rehabilitation of all those facilities which were damaged during militancy. He said Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Unit (RRU) was simultaneously working across the FATA.
Mr.Qadir said planning has already been done besides initiating projects in various areas and the whole programme would be completed by 2018. Rejecting the impression that Frontier Regions (FR) were included in the programme, the minister said more allocation was made to FR.
He said separate amount was allocated for every agency and no discrimination was being carried out with any areas. However, he said priority was being given to agencies neighboring Afghanistan.—APP

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