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Meeting on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Resources Regulatory Authority

The first meeting of Water Resources Regulatory Authority was held in Planning and Development Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Shehab Ali Shah. The meeting was convened to ensure the protection and better management of water resources in the province. The meeting was attended by Secretary Irrigation Nizamuddin, Director General Nasir Ghafoor Khan and other members.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr. Mahmood Khan, while presiding over the meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Resources Commission on August 25, 2021, to implement the policy decisions of the Commission in the province and to regulate all matters related to water resources Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Resource Regulatory Authority was established.

In the first meeting of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Resource Regulatory Authority, DG Nasir Ghafoor Khan gave a detailed briefing to the meeting about the future course of action of the authority. The meeting approved the formulation of Rules Regulation for the Authority under which the Authority will conduct its affairs.

It is noteworthy that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the first province in the country to form a Water Resources Commission. The commission has been set up under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Act July 2020 and is headed by the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Review Meeting on Progress of Development Projects in the First Quarter of Financial Year 2021-22

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan will be briefed on the progress of development projects in the first quarter of the financial year 22-2021. In this regard, under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehab Ali Shah, A review meeting on the progress of development projects was held in the P&D department.

The meeting reviewed the progress on development projects of all the departments. The meeting was attended by the secretaries of the concerned departments and other senior officers.  Instructions were issued to the departments on the use of funds released for the first quarter and monitoring reports of development projects and other aspects, including the progress of the projects on PC-1.

As per the directions of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan, the Department of Planning and Development is reviewing the progress of KP development projects as well as their progress in order to make the best use of government resources and timely completion of projects. Earlier, a weekly coordination meeting was held in the Planning and Development Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary in which departmental affairs were reviewed.

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President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi Visited Peshawar

President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi visited Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was briefed on the performance of government Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and ongoing development activities in the province. The briefing was attended by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, provincial ministers and senior provincial officials including additional chief secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahab Ali Shah.

Young people and women need guidance to benefit from kamyab jawan programs, and insaf rozgar schemes. Provincial governments should work with chambers of commerce and industry to educate youth about government loan schemes. There is a need to make it easier to do business in the provinces to attract investors. The development of the minerals and mining sector will enable the development of the people of the province and the provision of employment to the local population. Alternative dispute resolution system in newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will provide quick and cheap justice to the people of merged districts. Alternative dispute resolution system will help reduce burden on judiciary in former FATA districts, the president said.

The president was informed that KP government is focusing on development and improvement of newly integrated districts of former FATA and the administrative integration of former FATA districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been completed successfully. According to the briefing 901 projects worth Rs. 491 billion have been approved for integrated districts. The president was briefed on progress of projects to improve education, health, roads, energy and administrative infrastructure in integrated districts. The briefing further said that all ongoing development projects in the province will be completed on time.

The President highly appreciated the three-year performance of the KP government. The President commended the provincial government for holding regular consultative sessions for resolving the issues of the people of the merged districts. The President expressed satisfaction over the extension of Health Insaf Card facility to integrated districts for the provision of quality health services.

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Merged Areas Development Partners Inaugural Session

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government event explains progress in the Merged Areas, and the vision for the future’
To review the progress made in the Merged Areas and discuss the development vision moving forward, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa called a high-level meeting with international development partners. The event held in Islamabad, titled “Merged Areas Development Partners’ Inaugural Session”, was termed as the first in the series of interactions aimed to share the vision of the KP government and seek technical support and expertise in devising the second phase of Accelerated Implement Programme (AIP)

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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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