Rs7b granted for various projects in KP under USF: Anusha


State Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman on Tuesday informed the Senate that an amount of Rs7 billion has been provided for various projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under Universal Service Fund (USF). Responding to various questions during Question Hour, the Minister said various projects were launched in Shangla Lot, Chitral Lot and Kohistan Lot under Broadband Sustainable Development.
She said a sum of Rs.1.31 billion has been spent in Shangla Lot (Swat, Shangla and Buner) with 100 per cent work completion while 75 per cent work has also been completed in Chitral Lot costing Rs.1.25 billion. She said an amount of Rs.3.51 billion would be spent in Kohistan Lot (Kohistan, Batagram, Mansehra, Haripur and Abbotabad). Similarly, the minister said a sum of Rs 8.2 million had been spent in setting up computer laboratories in Mardan, Manshera, Swat and Kohat.
She said computer labs had been set up in the Women Empowerment Centers under ‘ICT for Girls’ being run by the Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal in 23 districts of KPK in two phases. She said FATA has been included in the current year projects. She said difficulties were faced in some areas of Musakhel as it was a personal conflict of interest matter and demand was made to install mobile telephone towers on rooftops of house instead of hilltop. She clarified that no stadium was built in Sialkot from USF fund.
Meanwhile, the Senate on Tuesday was apprised that some 3193 civil servants from BPS 1 to BPS 22 have married with foreign nationals. In a written reply to a question asked by Muhammad Usman Kakar, the House was told that a total 66 civil servants from BPS 17 and above and 3,127 officials (PBS-1-16) have foreign spouses. It was told that Establishment Division maintained the scale wise statistics showing numbers of the civil servants whose spouses have foreign nationality. Earlier, the grade wise number of civil servants whose spouse have foreign nationality has already been submitted to the Senate on August 22, 2017.
In order to update the information and provide the latest data to the Senate, letters have been issued to all Ministries/Divisions & Attached Departments/Sub-ordinate Offices/Autonomous Organizations/any other offices under the administrative control for the required information.
The information would be compiled as soon as it is received from the concerned quarters, it added.—APP

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