Tribal districts development plan to identify projects

Peshawar: The Khyber Paktunkhwa (KP) Cabinet met on Thursday in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan. Relevant departments and directorates were given a month to identify schemes to be incorporated in the decade long development programme for former Fata. The Tribal Decade Strategy 2020-30 was approved.

According to the Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, the cabinet approved the usage of Rs10.18 billion from KP’s share in the National Finance Commission Award (NFC) for the respective development of the merged district. It also approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a feasibility report preparation for the project titled ‘Greater Peshawar Region Mass Transit Circular Rail Project.” It targets at the alignment of Mardan, Nowshera, Peshawar and Charsadda’s rail tracks. The project would be carried out in collaboration with China Railway Construction Company and Pakistan Railway Advisory Consultancy Service (PRACS) and is expected to reach completion in 18 months.

Other approvals by the cabinet included posts for assistant judges in Malakand Division, Mine Safety Rules and amendments to National Disaster Management Act.

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