PM assures required resources for development of tribal areas
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday assured that the Federal Government would provide additional resources required for the uplift of the tribal areas, besides playing an effective role for allocation of development package meant for the areas out of the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.
The prime minister was chairing a high level meeting on the merger of tribal areas.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Minister for Law and Justice Dr Farogh Naseem, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq, KP Governor Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, the PM Office media wing in a press release said.
The meeting took stock of the progress on the merger of the tribal areas and different administrative and legal measures taken in that regard.
Important decisions over the merger of the tribal areas and protection of the rights of the tribal people were also taken. The prime minister stressed upon ensuring the implementation of the new system aimed at merger of tribal areas while keeping in view the prevalent traditions and rituals of the tribesmen.
He underlined the need for consultation of the tribesmen over implementation of the new system. Employment opportunities for the youth of the areas should be ensured and no one should be made jobless as result of the administrative measures, he added.
The specific quota for the tribal people in the educational institutes and universities should not be affected, he advised.
The prime minister also emphasized upon expediting the efforts for introduction of the local government system in the areas. For consultation and seeking feed back of the tribal people with regard to the progress and prosperity of the areas, the swift introduction of local government system was a requisite, he observed.
He also underscored the need to accelerate efforts for improving the conditions in the areas of health, education and especially in those educational institutes imparting education to children. The mechanism for speedy and inexpensive justice should also be evolved, he noted.
Prime Minister Imran also chaired a meeting regarding the local government (LG) bodies here at the PM Office and directed the Committee on Local Bodies to finalize its recommendations within the next 48 hours.
The meeting, which was attended by representatives from all the four provinces, deliberated upon various proposals about the LG bodies system.