PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has assured he would approach the relevant forum to get the developmental share of the province in the CPEC related projects denied by the previous PML-N government. The PML-N government kept the province under the constant fallacy of saying something and doing other things adhering to an agenda to keep the backward areas more backward and doing more injustice to the already deprived people, he added.
He was talking to different delegations of Parliamentarians and groups of people of different walks of life at his office in Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. The delegations informed the Chief Minister about their problems of their respective areas dominated by neglecting certain areas out of the CPEC stream in the province.
The Chief Minister assured that he was fully in picture of the excesses of the previous rulers with the province. Now the good fortune of the recent elections is that PTI succeeded in winning majority and forming government not only in the center but in the two provinces. One among the two provinces is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he added.
Mahmood Khan said that he had already planed industrialization, agriculture sector development, efficient use of surface and ground water resources, expanding the productive sectors in the province, tapping the natural resources of the province which focus on the seven newly merged districts of the erstwhile FATA and developing tourism on attractive lines to make these resources the dominant features of the overall economy of the province.
The Chief Minister said that he would negotiate at proper forum to get some feasible projects in the CPEC portfolio that would include projects in road and rail communication, industrialization on raw material of the province, oil and gas related projects predominantly projects for tourism promotion in the province. Sky is the limit when we talk about the picturesque spots in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa only needing retouching, planning and developing on tourism lines. He was optimistic that tourism would become the mainstay of our economy. The local economies in the areas having tourism related spots would also get developed. A plan is also underway to integrate the whole province through road communication that will open up all sectors leading to Jobs creation and overall prosperity and economic development of the province.
Furthermore Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has expressed his commitment to boost up the economy and improve the livelihood of poor farmers and people through visible change in the agriculture sector. “The issues of agriculture department would be resolved on priority basis”, he assured.
This he stated, while presiding over a meeting here at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Member of provincial Assembly Fazle Illahi, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Israr, IT Specialist Mohammad Shah, Dr. Sajid Ali and others attended.
The Chief Minister was briefed about the vision to uplift the economy through value addition in agriculture produces, increasing productivity of arable land and utilization of rain feed areas with an ultimate aim to make prosperous the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. For this purpose, different proposals was also presented that included strengthening of linkage amongst agriculture universities, research stations and extension systems, bringing maximum land under cultivation, empowering youth particularly women in agriculture sector, value adding to agriculture produce, improved cooperative system with farmers, development of seed production system in the province, encouragement of agro-forestry, devising strategy to get the benefit at maximum level from CPEC projects related to agriculture and special emphasis on improving agriculture in newly merged seven districts.
The Chief Minister welcomed the recommendations and proposals and assured that his government will extend all out support to implement these proposals and every possible step would be taken to facilitate the department in order to convert its vision into reality to uplift the provincial economy.