Peshawar: Secretary Planning and Development FATA Secretariat, Shehzad Bangash, has said that sustainable development of FATA sans active participation of the patriotic and brave tribals is impossible; therefore, the Government has started the holding of pre-development budget consultation process in the entire tribal areas.
This, he stated while addressing a one day pre-development budget consultation workshop for Aurakzai Agency and FR Kohat at District Council Hall Kohat on Monday. The workshop was also addressed by the Chief Economist FATA Shah Mehmood Wazir and Engineer Bilal Jhagra and highlighted its importance and purpose in detail.
Beside others, Assistant Commissioner Kohat, Farrukh Attique Khan, APA FR Kohat Kamran Khattak, authorities concerned of Aurakzai Agency, FR Kohat and FATA Secretariat, tribal Maliks, elders, academia, journalists, youth and members of the civil society also attended the workshop and fully participated in it.
The tribals while welcoming the initiative of holding pre-budget consultation workshop praised the government and presented their viable and valuable suggestions and recommendations for the rapid development of FATA.
The participants of workshops besides floating their ideas in Health, Education, Communication, Works, Irrigation, PHE, Energy & Power, Agriculture, Livestock, Forests, Sports and other social sectors, also presented their recommendations for revival of peace and revitalization of tribal system particularly 40 FCR.
They demanded early vacation of Health & Education and other government buildings from security forces, acceleration of work on proposed FATA University in FR Kohat, strengthening of the existing institutions instead of new one, use of standard materials in Communication & Works sectors and evolving of a future strategy in consultation with all the stakeholders.
The Secretary P&D said that the Government betterly knew the problems of the tribals and it wanted that the people of FATA themselves identify their problems and make them a part of the next Developmental programme so as to ameliorate the lot of the down-trodden strata of these neglected tribal areas.
He further said that the purpose of holding such workshops was to remove the centuries old backwardness and sense of deprivation of FATA and bring its people into the national mainstream.