TIMERGARA: Terming the Local Government Act-2013 a big achievement, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan on Monday said that the province’s revenue generation had reached Rs6 billion.
He was addressing a farewell dinner hosted by tehsil nazims in his honour at the Chakdarra fishing hut here.The function was attended by all tehsil nazims, naib nazims, deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners and tehsil municipal officers from all districts of Malakand division.
The provincial secretary local government, Syed Jamalud Din Shah, deputy secretary Muhammad Khaliq, Malakand Commissioner Syed Zaheerul Islam, divisional president of tehsil nazimeen Saeed Ahmad Bacha and others addressed the gathering.
The commissioner awarded the minister with a shield on his performance during the last five years. The minister said the TMAs would not need government funds in future if the existing system was not disturbed.
He said that Malakand region had great importance owing to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, minerals and tourism opportunities. He said that Chakdarra would be a hub of trade in future as it lied in the centre of the region.
Other speakers lauded the efforts of the minister and said the coalition government had provided enough funds to local governments in the province. They said the minister for LG had introduced a system that enhanced the performance of tehsil governments. The nazims distributed traditional gifts among the guests on the occasion.
The minister said the tehsil nazims and TMAs should provide the masses basic facilities. He said the nazims, naib nazims and TMOs were members of the same club and they should work in collaboration. He said the local government system must continue as it has led to devolution of powers at the grassroots.
Later, the minister told journalists that he had a complete roadmap of development from Chitral up to DI Khan and the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal would implement it if it came into power in the province after winning the general election.
SIKANDAR SHERPAO VISIT: Qaumi Watan Party provincial president and former senior minister Sikandar Khan Sherpao visited Lower Dir and addressed a party workers’ convention at Gulabad Adenzai.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that there would be no effect on the party if MPA Bakht Baidar Khan parted his ways. He said the workers were the real asset to the party and the QWP would field own candidates in all constituencies in Lower Dir.The function was also addressed by QWP divisional president Fazal Rehman, district councillor Taza Khan, Mirza Bacha, tehsil councillor Tauseef Umar and others.
SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN: Provincial Minister for Finance Muzafar Syed visited the under-construction school for the deaf and dumb students at Dabbar, Timergara here. The two storeyed school, having 16 rooms, is being constructed at a cost of Rs5.9 million for hundreds of special children from different parts of Lower Dir.
The Al-Khidmat Foundation district president, Hafiz Yaqubur Rehman, officials of Communication and Works Department and area elders were also present.A function in this regard was also addressed by JI district emir Maulana Asadullah, Timergara tehsil nazim Riaz Muhammad and Mian Shakir. The minister was told that the school would have all facilities for special children.