World Bank Delegation Visited P&D Department

A World Bank delegation, led by South Asia Regional Director for Infrastructure Guangzhe Chen, called on Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahab Ali Shah. Secretary C&W, Secretary ST&IT, Special Secretary Local Govt and other senior govt officials also attended the meeting.
The meeting discussed bilateral cooperation, projects pertaining to infrastructure sector and the development vision moving forward.

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Director General ADB HQ Yevgenily Zhukov met ACS KP at P&D Department

Asian Development Bank delegation, led by Director General ADB HQ Yevgenily Zhukov, called on Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahab Ali Shah here at the Planning and Development Department on Wednesday.
Various matters related to development projects being carried out in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the support of Asian Development Bank and future development cooperation came under discussion.
Socioeconomic uplift of the province including merged areas remains the top priority of Government.

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World Bank’s Delegation Led by Robin Mearns Met ACS KP

The World Bank’s delegation led by Robin Mearns, Practice Manager Social Sustainability and Inclusion for South Asia Region called on the Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shahab Ali Shah, to continue efforts for strengthening development cooperation pertaining to institutional building, rural infrastructure and road construction projects.

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Review Meeting of First Quarter of Annual Development Programme

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan chaired a review meeting of the first quarter of the annual development program. Apart from the concerned provincial ministers, Additional Chief Secretary KP Shahab Ali Shah, SMBR officials and Administrative Secretaries participated in the meeting.

During the first quarter, the meeting was briefed in detail on the allocation and release of funds for development projects under all departments, status of the use of the funds and other related matters. The meeting comparatively reviewed the progress on development projects during the first quarter of the last and current financial year. During the first quarter of the current financial year, the utilization rate of funds released for development projects was 38%. The utilization rate of development funds released in the first quarter of the current financial year is 425% higher than in the first quarter of the previous financial year. With the release of 100% development funds at the beginning of the current financial year, there has been a significant improvement in the utilization rate of ongoing development funds.

The development program for the current financial year includes 2280 projects worth Rs. 1713 billion. Rs 210 billion has been allocated for these projects in the current financial year’s budget. The annual development program for the current financial year includes 219 priority projects worth Rs. 331 billion which will be completed in the next two years. Rs 73 billion has been earmarked in the current budget for timely completion of these projects. The utilization rate of funds released for these priority projects during the first quarter was 42%.

Out of 458 new projects included in the current annual development program, 153 projects have so far been approved by relevant forums. During the current financial year so far 1439 monitoring reports related to development projects have been compiled. Out of these 1090 reports have received feedback from the concerned departments. During the current financial year, 670 different development projects worth Rs 170 billion are in the process of completion. Rs 60 billion has been allocated in the current budget for the completion of these projects.

Department of Transport ranks first with 74% utilization of funds released during first quarter. Road sector came second with 67% and energy sector came third with 61%. The Chief Minister expressed dissatisfaction over the status of approval of PC-1 for new projects included in the current annual development program. CM issued deadline for all departments to get their PC-1 approved by relevant forums by the end of this month.

Annual development program will be reviewed again in December, action will be taken against relevant secretaries in case of non-approval of PC-1. The Chief Minister directed to further strengthen the Monitoring and Evaluation Cell and expand its scope for effective monitoring of development projects. In the light of monitoring reports, action should be taken against the responsible persons.

Special monitoring system should be introduced for effective monitoring of development projects in integrated districts. The needs of the most populous areas and people should be given first priority in identifying development plans in integrated districts.

The meeting will consider in detail the reforms in the contracting process of development projects. The Chief Minister decided to form a committee headed by the Provincial Finance Minister to reform the entire contracting process. The committee will submit concrete proposals in this regard for approval within 15 days. Ministers and Administrative Secretaries should hold monthly meetings to review the development plans of their departments and submit reports. 100% development funds have been released to all departments, utilization rate of released funds should be further improved, the Chief Minister said. Special attention should be given to the priority projects of the provincial government and projects close to completion.  Those projects which have a direct impact on the lives of the people of the province, their timely completion should be ensured, said the Chief Minister. Ensure practical progress on all mega projects of the current government, the cm said.

The Chief Minister directed to complete the recruitment process for all the vacant posts in the government departments within three months. The Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to create new posts in all the water supply schemes for the posting of two personnel instead of one. The Chief Minister also directed to create posts of Wildlife Watchmen in the public game reserves of the province. Recruitment process for 1200 newly created posts of Forest Guards should be completed soon. The Chief Minister directed the Department of Primary and Secondary Education to recall all the teachers posted in other departments and administrative posts on deputation. All such teachers should be posted in schools within a week and a report should be submitted to higher authorities. The Chief Minister directed the Auqaf department to issue an announcement within 15 days to increase the monthly salaries of Khatibs across the province. The monthly salaries of these preachers should be increased from 8000 per month to 21000 per month.

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Various Schemes Are Approved Under the PDWP

1600 km roads to be constructed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to facilitate access to education, health and other facilities. Provincial Development Working Party meeting approves project concept, will be sent to CDWP for further action

To strengthen rural services delivery, institutional building and rural infrastructure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including the Newly Merged Areas in an inclusive and sustainable manner, PDWP approved concept paper of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rural Investment and Institutional Support Project.

Approval of Scholarship Scheme for Students of Religious Madrassas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Integrated Districts in Provincial Development Working Party Meeting

Approval for supply of drinking water from Ali Masjid to Landi Kotal and Sur Qamar in Khyber District. The total cost of the project is Rs. 19 crore. Thirty thousand one hundred and sixty five people will get 690 thousand gallons of water daily.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa approves establishment of Small Industrial Estate in Bajaur for promotion of industries and provision of employment

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Weekly Review Meeting of the Department

Weekly Review Meeting of the Department chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehab Ali Shah in Planning and Development Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. All the officers of the department, section chief and concerned units participated in the meeting. The meeting discussed progress on development projects, current status of master plan for cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, accelerated development program for integrated districts, impact assessment survey on small dams by Bureau of Statistics, Swat Motorway progress on Phase 2, Dir Motorway, DI Khan Motorway, federal cooperation and projects under public-private partnership were reviewed in detail. The projects are being monitored and tracked in P&D department for timely completion of development projects in the light of instructions of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan.

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7th PSC Approved Innovation Challenged Fund Round 3

The 7th Provincial Steering Committee approves the launch of Innovation Challenge Fund Round 3. The meeting was held at P&D Department KP with Secretary P&D & FCDO in co-chair. The committee also reviewed the quarterly progress & appreciated SNG’s support to the government of KP.

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Meeting to Review Draft Planning Manual

Meeting to review draft Planning Manual held under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahab Ali Shah at P&D Department today.
Planning Manual is being prepared by Governance and Policy Project for Planning and Development Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Planning Manual when finalized and approved will be the first document of the P&D Department to be used as guiding document/book for the planners in respect of project identification, preparation, appraisal, approval, monitoring, evaluation, completion and closure of projects.

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KP Government Took Important Steps Towards Clean Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has decided to take important steps to improve the sanitation system and facilities in the province. Approval of plans in Provincial Development Working Party meeting in P&D department to fulfill the commitment of clean Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan Fulfilled His Promise Made With The People of Jani Khel Bannu

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took important steps for the fulfilment of his promised he made with people of Jani Khel Bannu by approving Rs 2 billion development package for Jani Khel. A meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehab Ali Shah approved the package for Jani Khel.

Under the package, 12 road and bridge projects including construction of road from Jani Khel Mandi to Poya Road, construction of road from Jani Khel Fort to Jani Khel Sports Stadium, Lala Kali Road from Marwat Canal to village Lala Kali, Spina Tagha Bridge to Qala Nala Bridge, Ali Khel Madrasa Zindi Khel to Zindi Khel Chowk, Mali Khel Cemetery Road, Sangari Road, Noring Khel Toda Nar Road, Bachkai Kali Road and Aram Khel Road, Hindi Khel Canal Bridge to Village Shagai Ali Khel, Construction of Bridge on Spina Tagha Channel. Includes construction of drains around Hindi Khel market.

The package includes upgrading of four schools, establishment of Government Technical College and Government Degree College for students, three projects of irrigation, 9 projects of solar tube well and pressure pump, Veterinary Hospital at Jani Khel and Type D Hospital and health facilities. Improvements include plans to set up a special power feeder for Jani Khel.

Apart from this, the government has already approved Rs 2 billion Shakto Dam, Rs 5.2 crore Rescue 1122 and other beautification projects worth about Rs 100 million for Jani Khel.

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