Strong Ehtesab Commission effective deterrence against corruption: Khattak

Directs IT Board to integrate public sector labs

Staff Reporter

Peshawar—Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that an autonomous and powerful Ehtesab Commission is an effective deterrence against corruption.
The provincial government, he said supports ruthless accountability acorss the board. He was presiding over a high level meeting at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Chief Minister said his government wanted governance, free from corruption and irregularities.It wanted transparency at all level of governance therefore, the institutions should deliver in consonance with the peoples aspirations, he added.
Pervez Khattak said he talked about the accountability to be balanced and should serve as a deterrence that should lay hands on big fishes. We want to eliminate corruption at the top that will automatically stop corruption at the tail. Otherwise, the entire exercise would feel to achieve the desired goals, he added.
I have personally seen the loot and plunder in the past and the rulers left behind a tail of corruption he added.He said it was strange to see that the system was effective against the lower level of corruption but it miserably failed to spurn into action against the dacoits. However, he said he was not against above the law action but the system should be so transparent and effective that it did not disrespect the people unnecessarily until proven guilty and the system needed to deliver for the free corruption province, he added.
The Chief Minsiter said his government put the province on the track to development, it ensured transparent distribution of resources, however, it would accrue desired result provided the institutions started delivering in a more balanced and transparent manners, he concluded. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak directed to expend the activities of IT Board integrating the IT labs in all public sectors educational institutions throughout the province.
The IT Board and the Education Department should make a road map with futuristic approach for the IT related activities in the province. The teachers needed to be trained and the students should be equipped with the modern knowledge preparing them for future challenges, he added.
He was presiding the 6th IT Board meeting at CM Secretariat Peshawar. Provincial Minister Shehram Tarakai, Special Assistant to CM Ishtiaq Urmer, MPA Shaukat Yousafzai, Chief Secretary Abid Saeed, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Azam Khan and others attended.
The meeting agreed to the recommendations of a committee on the subject for the establishment of IT Park in Kohat. The meeting formed a special committee headed by ACS for the construction of 14 storeys IT Tower at Agriculture Training Institute Peshawar. The committee will prepare recommendations.
The Chief Minister approved the establishment of an IT tower in Abbottabad. He also approved working state incubation centres at Swat, Bannu, and Mardan. He said that the IT Board would have to deliver for the economic development of the province. He assured that there would be no scarcity of funds even the funds of youth could be used in this regard.
He expressed the hope that the IT Board would produce trained manpower for the process of industrialization in the province. He directed for creating connection with the Economic Zones Development and Management Company (EZMDC).
The meeting also agreed to certain proposals and directed that the establishment department and the P&D should sit together to settle the budgetary and other matters of the IT Board employees.
Pervez Khattak reminded that the Ambassadors of certain countries during meetings with them assured him of their interest to financially support the IT related activities in the province. He directed to prepare a set of proposals in this regard.
He also directed to efficiently utilize the budgetary resources for the benefit of the youth in the province.

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