Peshawar: The Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has revealed that the provincial government was going to promulgate a new law of Right to Services under which all the government officials will be legally bound to dispose off services, requests and all the matters of citizens/applicants including issuance of certificates, licenses, permits and other services within a stipulated time period otherwise heavy fines will levied on the concerned incharge/officers which they will pay from their pockets.
He out-rightly rejected the blames of some political elements regarding the failure of the provincial government, and said that PTI and its allied parties will prove that the incumbent provincial government is the best one of all the previous provincial governments of the entire country adding that we will fulfill all the promises we have made to the public and will make the provincial government an example for the rest of the provinces to be followed.
He expressed these views while addressing as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the rehabilitation of G.T Road-Jamrud Road and construction of flyover at the charsadda road intersection to be completed at an estimate cost of Rs.1700 millions and Rs.591.222 million respectively. After completion the project will help a great deal address the ever-increasing issues of traffic jams in the city.
The Chief Minister said that he believed in practical work and performance on ground instead of mere lip service and self admiration through media and do nothing practically. “I am not fond of publicity in media and people will himself or herself witness the performance of my government in practical shape and will acknowledge it because actions speak louder than words”; he added.
The Chief Minister said that due to the apathy of those in power in the past, Peshawar- the city of flowers had turned into ruins, and in view of the dilapidated condition of infrastructure in the city the provincial government has chalked out a comprehensive program worth Rs.4.70 billions consisting of the rehabilitation of roads, supply of clean drinking water, construction of parks and green belts, mass transit-system, construction of flyovers, provision of better health care facilities, restoration and preservation of historical buildings, beautification of the city and other mega projects for Peshawar. “On the completion of all these schemes Peshawar will have a new and beautiful look and the citizens will feel a pleasant change”, he continued.
Pervez Khattak said that people voted PTI into power for change, and change could not be brought about by constructing new roads and buildings rather it needed the replacement of the existing system adding that the provincial government had devised a plan to change the system in all departments and sectors, and the new local government bodies system of the provincial government will change everything in the real sense.
He said under this system all the administrative and financial powers will be devolved to the
grass root level and fully empowering the local people to solve their problems at their door steps; maintained the Chief Minister adding that the proposed system would be so powerful and autonomous that even the provincial government could not interfere in its affairs and that was going to be a real change never witnessed in the history of the country.
Touching upon the legislation by the provincial government to eliminate corruption, commission, bribery and other malpractices and to ensure transparency in the government machinery, the Chief Minister said that the law of Ihtesab commission had been approved by the provincial cabinet and tabled in the provincial assembly for approval.
“The proposed commission will carry out ruthless accountability across the board and will deal those with iron hands who have looted the public exchequer with both hands”; the Chief Minister warned and added that during his govt all the doors of corruption, bribery and commission would be closed down once for all.
He deplored that in the past corruption and malpractices were at full swing in the province and all the things including appointments, postings, transfers and contracts were sold for huge money but now this practice had been put to an end and all the things would be done in a transparent manner purely on the basis of merit.
Pervez Khattak said that corruption had been eliminated from the government machinery and now patwaris, police or other officials could no more dare to take bribe from the citizens. Referring to the uniform system of education, which the provincial government was going to introduce from the next academic session, he said that it would enable the children of both the rich and the poor to progress alike and thus bridging the increasing gap between the rich and poor in the society.
About the reforms measures in health sectors he said that the provincial government was taking steps on war footings to makeup the deficiencies of doctors, paramedical staff, medical equipment, medicines and other necessary facilities in all the health care centers of the province.
The Chief Minister directed the authorities of local government department and PDA to
take all the necessary steps to ensure the timely completion of the projects of Peshawar and ensure quality of work in these projects.
Provincial Minister for local government, Inayatullah, Advisor to CM, Ziaullah Afridi,
Advisor to CM RafaqaUllah Baber, MNA Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq, MPA Sooran Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, Secretary Local Govt Hifz-ur-Rehman, Commissioner Peshawar, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar, other government functionaries and citizens attended the function in large number. On this occasion the Chief Minister was briefed about the various vital aspects of the projects. Earlier the CM formally inaugurated the projects by unveiling the plaques.