Peshawar: After announcing Provincial Mineral Policy KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has formally approved the formulation of industrial policy also for the province. For this purpose, he while constituting a committee comprising of industrialists, bureaucrats, consultants and experts was given a deadline of one month for the preparation of the first industrial policy draft.
The decision, he said besides the recommendations of concerned task force has been made while taking into consideration the demands of industrialists and trading community. He made it clear that the PTI-led coalition government along with effective legislation in all sectors will frame comprehensive policies for each of them to enable the province to march forward in organized manner like developed countries and leave no deficiency or lacunas in this regard.
He expressed the hope that the committee will work round the clock to frame a comprehensive policy in which besides, industries, labour and manpower, targets in development of mineral, environment, energy, transport, tourism, sports and other social sectors will also be fixed.
The Chief Minister was presiding over a meeting relating to the drafting of industrial policy here in CM Secretariat, which besides, the administrative secretaries of the departments of finance, planning & development, industries, labour, energy, housing and other officials of the concerned departments was also attended by Principal Secretary to CM, Mohammad Ishfaq Khan, chairman CM Complaints’ Cell Haji Dilroz Khan, president KPCCI Zahidullah Shinwari, Engineer Nauman Wazir, Riaz Arshad, other representatives of industrialists and traders and presented their proposals and suggestions regarding the policy.
Pervez Khattak said that industrialization is crucial for us, which besides the alleviation of backwardness, poverty and abolition of unemployment could also guarantee economic prosperity in the province. He said that though due to ill conceived policies and wrong doings Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is rendered was no more feasible for industries and the remaining industries are also on verge of closure.
However, he said his govt will not allow it to happen and in this regard it had decided to take some fundamental steps. Furthermore, he said PTI-led coalition govt is considering for the taking of trading and industrialist community into confidence necessary in this regard. He said that KP govt is abolishing red tapism in public sector organizations and in future all government departments will provide one-window operation to take measures with immediate effect to facilitate he industrialist and investors.
He said that now it is also the responsibility of industrialists to come forward and extend cooperation to us. He urged the industrial and trading community of the whole province in general and of Peshawar in particular to present their proposals and take benefit of the ongoing efforts of the government for the promotion of trade and industry in the province.
The Chief Minister said that the government is taking sincere measures for guaranteeing the abolition of corruption, change of system, supremacy of merit, justice and law in the province to put all sectors including business on the track of progress and development. He said that the people have big expectations from the PTI led coalition government, which he said would be accomplished at any cost.
He said that though KP has lost industrial attraction. However, he said the government is taking serious measures for bringing industrial revolution in this unattractive province. The measures, he said, besides the provision of cheap electricity to woo domestic investors and handing over of all industrial zones to private sector also included several other policy related steps.
He said that the government has decided the establishment of new industrial zones at important trading areas and an industrial estate is being established on the gateway to Kohat and Karak, which would be followed by Malakand. He said that remarkable progress has been made in the establishment of Oil Refinery, which besides, the promotion of small and medium enterprises will also generate employment opportunity for their unemployed youth.
Similarly he said that his govt along with offering attractive incentives for industrialists and investors are also extending them all required facilities and guarantees to develop not only our industries, but also stand our deteriorated economy on own feet and generate maximum opportunities for businesses and development to our people in general and youth in particular.
Declaring technical education very crucial for industrial development, the chief minister said that the government is taking solid steps for reforming technical and vocational education of public sector institutes on modern scientific lines to meet the requirements of the indigenous industries and needs of the present era.
For this purpose, he said besides, granting autonomous status to Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA), 500 students have been sent to Karachi for higher technical education, which will cost Rs.100 million. Similarly, Small Industries Development Board (SIDB) and Sarhad Development Authority (SDA) were merged and under legislation it will be formally given autonomy.
Pervez Khattak said peace is top essential for industries to which his govt had given attention since very beginning and organized police and very soon peace of the province will be mentioned as example in the whole country. Regarding complaints of extortion, he assured that police has trace and trapped all prominent extortionists and very soon they will not only be eliminated from Peshawar, rather from the whole province.
He appealed both trading community and general public to cooperate with police in this regard. He said that the provincial government besides the provision of all required facilities to domestic and foreign investors under one-window operation has also decided the meeting of the requirements of domestic and industrial electricity at local and regional levels.
In this connection, the Department of Energy, he said, is working on a comprehensive plan. Under which in northern districts hydel energy and in southern districts thermal power stations and other resources would be utilized for generation of electricity at local level, he added.
Similarly he said, concrete steps are being taken for marketing and consumption of our industrial products within the country as well as exporting it to other countries in collaboration with the federal govt besides evolving joint strategy for peace in the region and extending friendly relations with the neighbouring countries including Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics.
On this occasion the representatives of industrialists and traders community eulogized candid steps of KP govt for elimination corruption and bringing about transparency in govt affairs as well as creating feasible atmosphere for industrial and commerce activities in the province while assured whole hearted cooperation in this regard.