Peshawar: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak showed his resolve to implement the reform agenda. He said that the PTI-led coalition govt of KP will fulfil all the promises made to the people one by one adding that whether it suits someone or not we will come true to public expectations including the eradication of corruption, bribery and commission culture, provision of justice to the down trodden segments of society and changing the existing system of exploitation.
He said that all the three coalition parties of the provincial government fully agreed on the agenda of change and their track record was crystal clear to it. “we would do whatever we say and unlike the past rulers we do not believe in hypocritical politics of deceiving the public by hallow slogans. We are not greedy for anything and our sole aim is to provide relief to the public by replacing the existing system of injustice with new and public friendly one as per our promises made in the last general elections”, he added.
He expressed these views while addressing as Chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of Khud Kafalat scheme jointly organized by Bank of Khyber (BoK) and Industries Department at CM Sectt Peshawar. Under the scheme launched with initial fund of Rs.2 billions, business loans without markup ranging from Rs.50000 to 200000 would be given to unemployed youth of the province for a period of three years through BoK.
Besides Provincial Senior Minister for Finance Sirajul Haq, Provincial Ministers Shahram Tarakai and Habibur Rehman, Special Assistance to Chief Minister on housing Amjad Afridi, Chairman CM Complaint Cell Al-Haj Dilroz Khan, MPAs, Administrative Secretaries of various departments and MD BoK Imran Samad, elite from various walks of life attended the function in large number.
The Chief Minister termed the scheme as an important step towards minimizing unemployment and poverty in the province and assured that the provincial government would allocate Rs.2 billion every year for the scheme so that maximum people could be benefitted from it.
“The ratio of unemployment and poverty has increased immensely in the province that is severely affected by the unrest and terrorism for one decade”, said the Chief Minister and added that because of the increasing unemployment and poverty, the young generation is getting involved in negative activities; which is a matter of great concern, and as such it is high time that serious efforts should be made to address the issue while launching Khud Kafalat Scheme is one of the initiative of the present govt to this effect.
Pervez Khattak remarked that the change agenda was just according to the aspirations and desires of the poor especially the youth who had reposed unprecedented confidence in the coalition parties adding that we would not let the confidence of the people shattered rather would make all out efforts to come up-to their expectations.
He maintained that since coming at the helm of affairs, the coalition government, besides necessary legislation had been taking other practical steps for the implementation of its change agenda yielding positive results and with passing day people of the province would feel positive change and improvement in their lives.
“During the last eight months we have given necessary guidelines to the government departments and public service delivering bodies and set a right direction for them, I do not claim that all the things have been rectified but I can say for sure that the process of reforms has been started, police has been depoliticized, hospitals and schools have started to perform, bribery and commission culture in Patwar and other public offices has been checked and government jobs and postings/transfers of govt employees are being made purely on the basis of merit”, continued the Chief Minister and added that no member of the provincial cabinet had been found involved in taking bribe or commission and if found in future he would no more be part of the cabinet which is a real change and a great achievement of the collation govt.
Making a reference to the legislation made by his govt to purge the government machinery of corruption and ensure the delivery of better services to the public the Chief Minister said that Accountability Commission, Local Govt System, Right to services and Access to Information acts were the milestone achievements of his provincial govt to empower the people at grass roots level, ensure transparency, close the doors of corrupt practices and provide better social services to the public.