Khattak chairs meeting on Sehat Ka Insaf Program


Peshawar: Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak while announcing the establishment of medical college in district Nowshera and up-gradation of the under-construction District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Nowshera to teaching hospital, has directed the concerned authorities for initiating practical work on the projects from next month.

He has further announced that beside a College of Home Economics, separate commerce colleges for boys and girls in the district are also being established. However, he said that these projects will be completed in phases.

He was talking to a delegation of District Bar Nowshera, which called on him under the leadership of Wajid Ali Khan advocate here in Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Tuesday. The delegation discussed with him matters related to the welfare of the public specially the lawyer community of Nowshera and problems faced by them.

The chief minister while assuring to resolve all the genuine problems of the lawyers community approved the construction of a two storey building with a car park in the basement for the district bar Nowshera by demolishing the old building of the bar.

On the demand of the delegation he also accorded approval to the establishment of a library and provision of medical facilities in the bar and directed the authorities of the of Communication & Works and Health departments for taking immediate steps in this regard.

Advisor to Chief Minister for Excise and Taxation, Mian Jamsheduddin Kakakhel was also present on the occasion. The lawyers’ delegation expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for issuing on spot directives for the resolution of their problems and acceptance of their demands and assured all possible support to the provincial government in the implementation of the developmental policies.

Appreciating the measures of the provincial government for eliminating corruption, they acknowledged that he was the first chief minister of the province, who took measures against corruption at upper level and showed sincerity, which is resulting in automatic decline of corruption at lower level while the previous rulers were involved in corruption and were used to put all responsibility on government employees and thus defaming them. For taking bold steps against corruption they called the chief minister as ‘Honest son of the Soil”.

Talking to the delegation, the chief minister said that Nowshera was his native district and like whole province, he will also fulfil the right of its development with full honesty.

He said that besides development of the Botanical Garden of the University of Peshawar on the vast land of Azakhel Park, decision has also been taken for the establishment of two separate universities, the Air University and the Technical University, which will not only give boost to education specially the technical education in the province, but also generate new employment opportunities and usher in a new era of economic prosperity in the province.

The chief minister said that he believed in taking practical steps for providing relief and justice to the people, while the rulers of past where merely issuing statements to media and just making tall claims, but practically did nothing adding that he will practically do whatever he says without any concern whether they are reported in media or not.

Touching upon the reforms and measures taken by his government in health and education sectors, the chief minister said the reforms introduced by the PTI led provincial government were precedents for other provinces to be followed.

He said that since the health and the education sectors were very much related to the general masses, hence the provincial government introduced reforms in these sectors on priority basis and their positive outcome has already been started and people themselves are acknowledging it.

He said besides, other sectors, the provincial government was also paying full attention to the promotion of sports’ activities in the province to provide maximum positive and creative opportunities to the youths. He said initially multi-purpose sports stadiums would be established at tehsil level while in next phase such stadiums would be established in provincial assembly constituencies and then in union councils levels adding that for this purpose the provincial government has allocated a huge amount.

Similarly talking about steps of the government for elimination of corruption in government machinery, he said the withdrawal of the facilities of accommodation and conveyance allowances and in exchange bringing the salaries of government employees at par with developed countries is seriously under consideration of the government to retrieve government employees of even thinking about corruption.

He said that in 1990 when he was provincial minister, monthly salary of Rs.95000/- for a BPS-17 officer was estimated and now with the same proportion the salaries of government employees will be increased to Rs.1,00,000/-, Rs.1,50,000/- while increase in the salaries of other employees can also improve the performance of all departments and eradicate the cancer of corruption from society on permanent basis.

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