Peshawar: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has directed all the administrative secretaries of the province to speed up pace of works and ensure effective and transparent utilization of resources on schemes approved under the ongoing annual development program (ADP).
The old system which had a number of gatekeepers should be done away with. The obstacles needed to be settled immediately by the administrative secretaries and the implementation process should be expedited. He made clear that the developmental process should move smoothly in order to get the targets in time.
He also cautioned that no delay and no obstacle will be tolerable in implementation of developmental schemes in future and the administrative secretaries must personally pursue all the files and paper work formalities otherwise they will be considered responsible for any delay and will be dealt accordingly.
He said that PTI led coalition govt does not believe in red-tapism and such a trend must be a story of the past. He said that development strategies lead to improve the economic outlook, job creation and efficient service delivery while this is also prime objective of our provincial govt.
He was chairing a high level meeting mid-year review meeting of ADP at Cabinet Room of Civil Secretariat Peshawar that besides the Senior Minister for Finance Sirajul Haq, Parliamentary Secretary P&D Mian Khaleequr Rehman, Chief Secretary Muhammad Shehzad Arbab, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, was largely attended by the Secretaries and Section Heads of all the departments.
The meeting decided that the provincial departments would hold monthly meetings involving the respective secretaries to remove the obstacles hindering the putting on ground of public welfare and overall development as well as a number of other decisions were taken. The meeting was told that a total of 989 projects have been launched under the ADP with cost of Rs.118 billion. It included 378 (38%) new and 611 (62%) ongoing projects in a total of 31 sectors and departments.
Chief Minister said that this province needed result oriented efforts in order to generate a matching response to the problems, expectations and complaints of masses. All the government officials should pull their sleeves and meet the emerging challenges. He said ADP must be essential instrument for improving governance and social service delivery, reducing poverty, unemployment, attaining economic and social development.
He said issues of delay in PC-1 preparations, low utilization of funds, repeated revisions of projects, poor response to M&E reports and lack of adequate capacity of planning in departments must be settled on priority basis by the heads of the departments to accelerate pace of works. Giving a deadline he said all projects due for completion must be completed by 30th June this year while timely and quality completion of the rest be ensured anyway.
Regarding dropping of a project of the establishment of orphanage/ Yateem Khana in Peshawar with cost of Rs.15 million due to some reasons, the Chief Minister directed that a centre for looking after the heirs and kids of Shuhada must be setup. He said some well to do people have expressed willingness to help the provincial govt in this regard.
He expressed satisfaction that the project of equipment based foolproof security of Peshawar Central Jail has been completed while other jails were also being equipped and secured against any terror bids in backdrop of the Bannu and DIK jail break incidents.
Similarly a High Security Prison (Jail) would be constructed with cost of Rs.600 million for which land has been recently identified in Swabi district. He on identification of Senior Minister Sirajul Haq, also noted with concern that costly and sensitive medical equipment were installed in various DHQ hospitals but these were not utilized for patients due to certain reasons and thus directed the secretary health as well as the divisional and district administrations to look into such matters personally and operationalise all such equipment immediately.
Pervez Khattak said that the departments cannot escape their responsibilities for in time completion of schemes. “We are short of time therefore cannot afford wasting our time and resources”, he added.
He directed to have a standard design and should be replicated in the whole of the province to avoid wastage of precious time and resources. He said the province is lagging behind in the development race therefore curative efforts are needed to make this province on road to expeditious development and prosperity.