KP Cabinet approves compensation package for slain MPAs
Peshawar—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on Tuesday approved a special compensation package for members of provincial assembly (MPAs), who had been killed in terror attacks. The package would also cover the MPAs who become victim of terrorism in future, minister Shah Farman Khan told mediamen after the cabinet meeting. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak chaired the meeting.
According to package, the bereaved family of each assassinated MPA would get Rs 10 million compensation amount, besides Rs 5.5 million in case of possessing or not possessing a plot and educational expenditure of their children till attaining Masters degree. In case of ministers and advisors, the family members would also get the house rent till the completion of assembly tenure.
Shah Farman said the package would also be given to the bereaved family of Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sardar Soran Singh, who was killed in a targetted attack in Bunner district.
He said the provincial government had given Rs 10 million each to the bereaved families of Dr Shamsher Ali and Provincial Minister for Law Israrullah Khan Gandapur, and Rs 5.5 million to the family of MPA Farid Khan.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak revealed that his government will formally inaugurate Mass Transit in Peshawar approximately in the month of November and directed the quarter concerned to fulfil all requirements in this regard.
The cabinet approved Mass Transit Authority to be chaired by Chief Minister and Minister Transport will be the cochairman, while ACS, Secretaries Transport and Finance, three other members from the society with one lady and technical and experts will be the other members of the authority.
The authority would oversee the functions and regulatory aspects of the authority. The Chief Minister asked the local government to send its recommendations, if any. The cabinet formally approved the establishment of Mass Transit Authority. A fleet of hundred buses would be inducted to ease out vehicular traffic in Peshawar. The Chief Minister directed against any delay and the department should start working paper to immediately put on ground the planned project.
The Chief Minister directed to prepare a base line for the construction of sport complexes however he directed there should be comprehensive leasing formula with ten percent increase annually. He directed that Akbar Ayub will sit with Chief Secretary, prepare comprehensive policy guidelines so that next cabinet meeting could approve it for future course of action. The lease period can be increased from the earlier 15 years to more flexible approach of 33 years.
The Chief Minister directed to have a grievance redressal mechanism by KPPRA, after today’s approval of certain amendments in Act approved by cabinet it would have more space for the complaint redressal. The Chief Minister directed that there should be a timeline for the preparation of laws, regulations and the subsequent notification.
The department concerned would be accountable for finalization of rules of business and relevant regulatory framework. A summary based on concrete recommendations spelling out the future course of action and the functions of the KPPRA should be sent for approval.