Merged tribal areas’ uplift top priority: CM

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan said that developing of merged tribal areas is top most priority of present Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and currently 515 mega projects worth Rs 59 billion have been initiated to bring people at par with other developed areas of the province.

Talking to media, the Chief Minister said that sustainable development of merged districts and welfare of people of those areas was among the priorities of the government adding that the provincial government would utilize all available resources for this purpose.

In response to a question, the Chief Minister said that all the concerned district administrations have been directed to wisely utilize the available resources in order to provide maximum relief to people of those areas and resolve their genuine issues on priority.

He informed that focus has been given on provision of clean drinking water, roads connectivity along with health and education sectors with other projects under Prime Minister 1000 Playground facilities in six Tribal Sub-Divisions (TSDs).

He said a total of 515 developmental projects have been planned for these sub-divisions out of which 375 developmental projects would be implemented through the Annual Developmental Program whereas remaining 140 schemes would be executed under accelerated implementation program of the merged areas.

The Chief Minister Mahmood Khan disclosed that the total estimated cost of these 515 projects was Rs 59 billion.

He said, special focus has been given to the key sectors of the areas adding that developmental projects costing to Rs 2.97 billion have been reflected for Elementary & Secondary Education, Rs 1.84 billion for Public Health Engineering, Rs 2.43 billion for Agriculture sector, Rs 1.11 billion for Irrigation, Rs 8.80 billion for the Road sector.

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