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Efforts afoot to ensure rehabilitation, development in FATA: KP Governor

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah said the visible change especially in respect of maintenance of law and order what can be witnessed both in respect of FATA and the respective settled districts of the province is a big achievement of the government institutions and now serious efforts are afoot to ensure rapid rehabilitation and accelerated development.

Talking to a visiting group of participants of 14th Senior Management course, currently in progress at Karachi based National Institute of Management who called on him at Governor's House here on Tuesday, the Governor further pointed out that indeed rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure facilities in FATA is quite a huge task and the government is doing its best to overcome it. Additional Chief Secretary FATA Arbab Muhammad Arif briefed the delegates about salient features of the prevailing situation and the pace of progress on development programmes in FATA. Principal Secretary to Governor Dr Muhammad Fakhr-e-Alam was also present while the participants of the course comprising senior officials of the autonomous bodies of both the Federal and provincial governments were accompanied by Director General of the Institute, Capt: (r) Syed Waqar Hussain.

Responding to various points, the Governor said we are actively engaged to bring socio-economic change in life pattern of the people of FATA and solid steps are afoot to make this possible. In this connection, he particularly mentioned launching of Momand Marble City Project situated at a short distance from Peshawar and said "it will prove a huge enterprise to exploit mineral wealth of FATA, the Marble reserves in particular in the best interest of the respective people". "We have the plan to establish similar Industries based economic zones in rest of FATA and the second one is expected to be taken in hand at Darra Adamkhel in near future," the Governor said. Referring to another point, he further pointed that keeping in view the available resource in hand; it indeed, seems to be big challenge to materialise the desired goals and to make it possible; we are trying our best to manage the task in a best possible way.

Meanwhile, the Additional Chief Secretary FATA Arab Muhammad Arif while briefing the delegates about salient features of the development plans pointed out that out of more than Rs18 billions allocated for FATA during the current financial year, almost Rs14 billion are meant for Annual Development Programme.

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