FATA Reforms Commission

Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has constituted a five member high powered FATA Reforms Commission to be exclusively responsible to frame and steer reforms initiatives, process immediate, short, medium and long term reforms in the area and would submit its recommendations directly to the Governor.

On approval of the proposals, the Commission will be converted into FATA Performance Management Unit to supervise performance of all the implementing agencies, departments and to monitor the progress on reforms initiatives. “It will generate regular reports for perusal of Governor, introduce mid course corrections wherever required and will produce wholesome document”.

According to a formal notification, the commission is mandated to formulate and propose clear strategic objectives, strategies, policies and action plan and put forward recommendations for approval of the Governor. It will have the authority to formulate or authorize policies into operational activities relating specifically to preparation of next twenty five years strategy reforms programme under the patronage of the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the documents states.

The Commission headed by ex-Chief Secretary, Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi is comprised of Lt. Gen ® Sabahat Hussain, Ex-Chief Secretary, Mir Layaq Shah, ex-Provincial Caretaker Minister, Mst. Musarrat Qadeem and the Additional Secretary of Governor’s Secretary Mudassar Riaz Malik. If required, more  members can also be added to the commission.

Further, formulating pro-investment policy in various sectors of economic development including development of oil and gas, minerals and power, construction of dams in FATA with special focus on improving the quality of life of the respective people is also the major task of the commission.

Details of the terms and conditions of the commissions further define that the commission will revisit and redefine the state – citizen relationships; identify clear reforms areas and options for institutional development; and strengthening good governance. “Reviewing the structure of existing FATA Secretariat, Governor House, Governor’s Secretariat and Political Administration as far as their role for FATA is concerned is also the mandate of the commission.

“Introducing accountability process in financial management’ e-governance; grievances redressal system; one window facilitation centre for various services with the help of NADRA; border management system in consultation with the Prime Minister of Pakistan; review the current legal and institutional system in FATA and to propose improvement in existing laws, rules, business processes and develop legal reforms for implementation of the approved reforms initiatives, review the effectiveness of FCR in changing circumstances are also included in terms and conditions of the commission”, the notification stated.

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