PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan Tuesday said the provincial government has laid down the foundation for bringing dynamism and efficiency in the public sector institutions to deliver on merit and justice.

Addressing the participants of 24th Senior Management Course of National Institute of Management Peshawar here at CM House Peshawar, he said there would be no deviation from just and merit based decision making, he added.

He said that expeditious development is the mission of his government, adding that he had laid down some guiding principles for good governance that included participatory approach in the governance, rule of law, accountability, transparency, responsiveness, consensus orientation, equality, public welfare, efficiency, monitoring and strategic vision.

These principles would lead the province and the country towards rapid and sustained economic growth, adding that “we have to contribute collectively in order to obtain our shared goal of national development."

Mahmood Khan attributed the short decline of crime graph and terrorism to the efficient border fencing, combined search and combing operations and strengthening the intelligence gathering mechanism in the province.

The chief minister informed the participants about the extension of public sector entities to the newly merged seven districts of the erstwhile FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Except judiciary, police, Excise and Revenue, all other departments had already been extended to the new seven districts, he added.

Mahmood Khan said his government was working on the strengthening of governance at the lower tier in order to address the people's grievances at local level. The government wanted to engage the potential of the youth in constructive and productive sectors. The local government's model of this province was unique in nature and would be the most suitable local government in the history of the country.

He said all the citizens were equal under the law, adding, he presented himself for accountability and the provincial government introduced the conflict of interest and other such sun shining laws to discourage the misuse of power and resources.

The Right to Information would totally eliminate favoritism, whimsical decision making, personal likes and dislikes, corruption and irregularities.

Mahmood Khan said his government totally eliminated political interference in all public institutions in order to ensure that the deserving get their right on merit. There is a check and balance mechanism and the government was accountable to the people.

It brought along the factor of responsiveness to the public demand, adding the dispute resolution councils resolved the petty nature of disputes between and among the people.

The chief minister said his government introduced the concept of public welfare in the governance model, adding the laws, the decision making and the efficiency in institutions were aimed at ensuring the public interest.

His government wanted to invest in human resource development and introduced the system of reward and punishment in the public sector institutions. He established independent monitoring units to assess the performance of public sectors institutions. He had been having surprise visits of hospitals, police stations and mega projects in order to give relief to the people.

Mahmood Khan told the participants that he was aware of the natural advantages of the province which were being exploited for the benefit of the people and the vision of Imran Khan was being followed for change with zeal and zest.

The chief minister said that Reshakai and Hattar Economic Zones alongwith the industrial estates in 17 districts was an encouraging step attracting the investors to invest at large scale in industrialization and trade, adding that this province was going to be the centre of trade and commercial activities in the wake of CPEC.

His government has already sensitized different training institutes to train the youth for the upcoming challenges.

Mahmood Khan congratulated the participants of the 24th Senior Management Course for their successful completion of the course, adding the public servants constantly get knowledge to practically serve the people.

The public servants do not have any affiliation with political parties or grouping but honestly contribute to the collective goal of policy implementation prepared by the elected representatives of the people.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2018