Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has accorded approval in principle to increase the quota reserved for minorities in government jobs by 100% thus raising the reserved quota from 1.5% to 3%. It merits a mention here that the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak soon after coming at the helm of affairs had enhanced the minorities’ quota in govt jobs from 1% to 1.5%.
The CM has also decided to create vacancies of Minority Welfare Officers one in each district of the province to look after the affairs of minorities and directed the concerned quarters to move a summary to that effect.
This he decided while talking to a joint-delegation of Christian, Hindu and Sikh communities that made a call on meeting with him headed by minority MPA Sardar Sooran Singh at CM Sectt Peshawar and discussed with him matters related to the welfare of the minorities of the province and problems confronting them.
On this occasion the Chief Minister took serious notice of the kidnapping of a private school teacher Sapna Rani hailing from Hindu community and on the spot directed the high ups of police to take concrete steps to ensure the timely recovery of the kidnapped and bring the culprits to book.
Talking to the delegates the Chief Minister said that minorities were an integral part of national mainstream and their role in the overall development of the country and this province had been remarkable adding that protection of the lives, properties, worship places and rights of minorities was the constitutional as well as religious obligation of everyone including the people and government while it was day light fact that K-P people have fulfilled this duty in befitting manner rather proven safe-guardians of minorities.
“The provincial government will leave no stone unturned to protect the lives and properties of minorities and utilize all the available resources for their welfare and protection of their worship places in future as well”, he assured.
Pervez Khattak maintained that the provincial government was working on putting in place such a system wherein the safety of the lives, properties and rights of all the citizens including the minorities was well ensured, where all the citizens were treated equally and where the problems of all the citizens were solved adding that it was possible only when the existing system was changed, corruption, commission, bribery and other evil practices were eliminated and the supremacy of law and justice is upheld; and the PTI led coalition government of the province is working on the same from the very first day of its inception.
“People have voted PTI to power in the province for changing the existing system and not for giving government jobs to all and as per our promise made to the people we are working hard to change the system and once the system is changed all the problems of the people will be solved automatically”, the Chief Minister remarked and added that his government was striving to create a conducive atmosphere for bringing in maximum foreign investment to promote industries in the province so that maximum employment opportunities could be created.
Bishop of Peshawar Hamphery Sarfaraz Pittar and other members of the delegation thanked the Chief Minister for taking keen interest in solving the problems of minorities and assured him of all possible support from the minority communities.