Food security top most issue of province: CM KP

Special Correspondent
Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said that Food security is the top most issue of the province and the first food security policy of the province is its final stage which will lead to a green revolution in the province.
Chairing the provincial cabinet meeting at Civil Secretariat Peshawar, the chief minister said that more than 600000 hectare of land in southern districts would be brought under cultivation to meet the food needs of the province.
He also directed to expedite work on Expressways in Peshawar, DI Khan and Swat while work on Peshawar Rehabilitation Program should also be prioritized.
The cabinet meeting was attended by provincial ministers, advisors, special assistant to chief minister, chief secretary, Additional Chief Secretary and administrative secretaries.
During the meeting, the chief minister directed all the departments to finalize all the PC-Is of the uplift projects to ensure speedy development of the province while all the departments should also follow the cabinet decision regarding transfer of employees working on the same post for two years as no leniency would be tolerated in this regard. The chief minister also directed to expedite recruitments in health and education departments to meet the short comings adding that capacity of ETEA must be enhanced to streamline the recruitment process which in future would be conducted through ETEA.
Mahmood Khan also directed to devise a mechanism for devolution of financial and administrative power to lower level in health department for provision of best health facilities while he also ordered handing over of health department ambulance to Rescue-1122. The chief minister also ordered to start double shift in elementary and higher education institutions to provide opportunity to the students for maximum admission.
The chief minister also directed to strictly enforce ban on extraction of sand from rivers and implementation of E-transfer policy. The chief minister also directed to ensure ban on use of shopping bags and strict punishment of the violators. He emphasized on all the ministers to review the performance of their departments every month. The projects included in the annual development program should be approved within the stipulated period. Timely approval of important summaries should also be ensured. All departments should ensure progress on their development projects as per the timeline. “I will personally review the performance of each department separately”, he added.
The chief minister also directed to complete the recruitment process in merged district on priority basis. Establishment of proposed cadet colleges in the province should be finalized at the earliest. A feasibility report should be submitted on priority basis. Chief Minister also directed to include kidney and liver transplant in the Health-card plus.
Kamran Bangash remarked that the provincial cabinet has approved the construction of an Agricultural University in Swat through NESPAK. The provincial cabinet also approved issuance of notification for establishment of Education Employees Foundation. The purpose of establishment of foundation is to provide low cost residential facilities to the Employees, scholarship to the children of the employees, facilities after retirement, financial help, wedding grant and welfare of the employees in different schemes.

He added that the provincial cabinet has approved the setting up of an academy for 1122 Rescue at a suitable place. Earlier, the provincial cabinet had approved the establishment of the academy at Shah Kas, but there was an academy there for training of law enforcement agencies. Therefore, the cabinet decided to replace Shah Kas. An academy for Rescue-1122 should be set up at the establishment of the academy will cost Rs. 3174 million.
The Special Assistant informed that the provincial cabinet also approved the construction of 48 Kilometer Kalam – Kumrat road, Thali Patrak road 52 km and Thaljaz banda road 14 km and also directed for provision of funds for the promotion of tourism in the province.
The provincial cabinet also directed food committee of the cabinet to devise a mechanism for shifting of 20 thousand metric ton sugar imported at Karachi Port. The provincial cabinet also approved Rs.240 million as supplement grant for subsidy on fertilizer as the provincial government has to pay 30 percent of its share in the subsidy. The cabinet also approved to get loans from Italian firm for development of two ware dam’s command area uplift. The cabinet also approved handing over of remaining Nasir Bagh Road completion to FWO.