KP govt to strengthen belt for austerity drive

Staff Reporter

Peshawar

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed to further strengthen the belt for absolute austerity drive, maintaining strict financial discipline, discouraging the wastage and misdirected use of resources and the resources incurred thus could be diverted to public welfare, institutional strengthening and efficient delivery both in governance and social sectors.
‘The shenanigan and the wastage of resources is history now, his government would ensure spending of each and every penny of the provincial exchequer in the right direction of public welfare’. He was addressing a high level meeting at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Provincial Ministers Shahram Khan Tarakai, Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Ishtiaq Urmar, Akbar Ayub, Chief Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, Additional Chief Secretary Shehzad Bangash, Secretary Finance Shakeel Qadir Khan, Secretary Energy Saleem Khan and others attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister highlighted the reforms agenda, the limited resources against the unlimited problems that the PTI government inherited and that kept on piling up over times and resulted to the marginalization of poor and hapless of the society and their end deprivation. Mahmood Khan said that he had already directed for stringent measures to ensure austerity at all levels of governance both at structural and agency levels. Lavish and misdirected spending has successfully been controlled through administrative and operational level. The re-estimation of resources, which had been astray, could be efficiently spent on the most needed areas both in the interest of the province and the development of people.
Chief Minister said he had already planned the right direction that is part of the 100 days agenda for the next five years where the provincial government would demonstrate shrewdness in the decision making in the multifaceted areas to develop the natural advantages of different areas of the province. The KP government is committed to develop northern divisions both Hazara and Malakand which is the third area where tourism have unmatched but untapped potential. The basic aim on focusing these areas is to involve our youth in the productive sectors where they can contribute considerably and hopefully with the planned exploration and exploitation of advantages of these areas.
Mahmood Khan said that this approach has been made after thorough deliberation and preparedness in the light of the blueprint being prepared in the 100 days planning phase of his government. He assured that his government would never overlook the basic problems of the people, giving justice to them and upholding merit and protecting the rights of deserving.

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