PESHAWAR: Advisor on Information and Public Relation ajmal khan wazir said that addressing grievances of the recently merged districts was responsibility of the entire country.
He said that Bilawal Bhutto was doing politics on merged districts but sindh government has not yet given 3 percent share to merged districts as promised under the National Finance Commission (NFC) award.
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has already given its share in National Finance Commission Award for development of tribal districts and will give in this budget as well” he added
He said that if other provinces also gave their share to the merged districts as promised, the 72-year deprivation of the tribal districts could end by accelerating the process of development in the merged districts.
He expressed these views while briefing the media at the Information Cell Civil Secretariat Peshawar on Sunday.
Talking about the federal budget for the year 2020-2021, Ajmal Wazir said that the federal government was in a very difficult situation but a people-friendly, poor-friendly and business-friendly budget has been presented.
He said that Corona epidemic hit hard global economy but despite this, the federal government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan presented a balanced and tax-free budget.
“Budget has been provided massive relief to the poor and the business community and for first time in the history the business community appreciated the budget” he added
The advisor informed that the amount for Ehsas program was increased from Rs187 billion to Rs208 billion to provide relief to the poor and Rs2 billion was allocated to help the youth to stand on their own feet economically.
Regarding the measures taken to control the locusts, he said that an operation was underway in the affected areas in which the Agriculture Department, Relief, Pakistan Army and the concerned district administrations were taking part, while 80 teams comprising 758 personnel were participating in the operation.
Ajmal Wazir said that survey on more than 42.63 lakh acres of land while spraying on 52,700 acres of land was completed and that Rs10 billion was allocated in the federal budget for anti-locust and agricultural relief.
Regarding government SOPs, Ajmal Wazir said that Chief Minister Mehmood Khan gave clear instructions to ensure implementation of SOPs and take stern action in case of violation.
He said that 237,013 operations were carried out in the last nine days across the province and warnings have been issued to 59,822 units/businesses for violating SOPs. While 41,591 businessmen have been fined more than Rs. 12.4 million, similarly 4,531 units / businesses have been sealed for violating SOPs.