UNDP to support improved services in KP’s newly merged districts

Staff Reporter

Peshawar

Caretaker Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice Retd Dost Muhammad Khan spoke out his mind about the overall recovery plan for the infrastructure development, mainstreaming of tribal, the extension of social services to the newly merged districts to the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, creating job opportunities for the tribal youth, planning economic zone and industrialization, the construction of small dams and agriculture sector development in a meeting with the Country Director of UNDP Ignacio Artaza heading a 3-member delegation at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar.
The meeting focused on the mainstreaming of tribal. The Country Director took keen interest in the overall recovery plan shaped up by Caretaker Chief Minister Mr. Justice (Retd) Dost Muhammad Khan. The UNDP has already prepared a PC-I and is ready to put it to the implementation phase for the provision of resources and technical support to the provincial government for the improved services in the newly merged districts to the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ignacio Artaza assured.
Caretaker Chief Minister said his caretaker set up was going all out for the infrastructure development in the newly merged districts adding that mainstreaming the tribal was very much necessary for the province as the erstwhile tribal areas now merged to the province has direct bearing on other areas of the province.
Mr. Dost Muhammad Khan said he had already set up a task force to negotiate with the federal government the smooth transition of merger of the erstwhile seven agencies into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The task force has already planned the overall recovery plan that included the rehabilitation of tribal, the infrastructure development, the extension of social services network and the offices etc in order to ensure accessibility to efficient services by the tribal. He said that the task force is also working on removing the legal anomalies in order to have a smooth transition for the merger.
The task force, he added has also planned the industrialization, the creation of jobs for the youth and other recreational facilities adding that the tribal were the worst hit by the waves of terrorism. The security forces and the tribal people sacrificed everything for winning peace for their motherland. He said it was the right time to mainstream the tribal and give them all possible relief.

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