Mahmood Khan has directed that ongoing developmental schemes should be completed on priority basis during the current financial year.

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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has directed that ongoing developmental schemes should be completed on priority basis during the current financial year. “Sufficient resources would be allocated for flagship projects such as Swat Motorway, Bus Rapid Transit Peshawar, Billion Tree Tsunami, Chashma Right Bank Canal, Gomal Zam Dam, sports grounds and upgradation of higher secondary schools”, he added. Chief Minister hinted that there will be no compromise on the development of the province. He agreed on principal to allocate minimum 25% of the total cost for every new scheme. He also principally agreed with the proposal not to allow the review of the scheme for additional scope so that the developmental work could be completed on time and relief could be given to the public. He directed to give proper attention to Excise department, Board of Revenue, Minerals, Tourism, Energy and other productive fields to increase to the financial base of the province. He also directed to fix effective way of tax collection and to enhance the capacity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Regulatory Authority in order to achieve the targets. He hinted to get provincial rights and shares from the federal government and assured that issue of implementation on AGN Qazi formula would also be taken on relevant federal forum. He directed to complete homework in this regard so that these issues could be raised on federal level.
A meeting held here at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar in his chair in this regard was attended by Provincial ministers Muhammad Atif Khan, Shahram Tarakai, Taimur Salim Jhagra, Chief Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, Additional Chief Secretary Shehzad Bangash, Secretary Finance Shakeel Qadir and other relevant officers.
The meeting was briefed about the provincial budget for financial year 2018-19 and ADP plan. The meeting was told that 157 ongoing schemes were prioritized in the four months interim budget which are in the completion process. This time 1279 schemes are under process which will be completed on fast track basis during current financial year.
The Chief Minister stressed the need to improve the developmental strategy making it realistic with special focus on the development of backward districts. He directed for fast track completion of ongoing schemes without compromising on the quality of developmental work in order to give relief to the public and address their problems. He directed that clear cut targets and responsibilities should be given to the departments. There should be no duplication in developmental schemes. Duplication of schemes causes wastage of time and resources, he added.
Mahmood Khan also agreed on principle with the proposal for necessary legislation in order to avoid unnecessary litigations and hindrances in development schemes. He said legal support should be given to the departments. He also agreed with proposal to give special focus to Circular Railway Project, Chashma Lift Canal scheme, schemes of drinking water and tourist development in Hazara and Malakand divisions. He also directed to start and complete the waste to energy projects adding that solid waste can be used as raw material to produce cheap electricity. He said 98% solid waste can be utilized through latest technology available in the market.
Chief Minister also underlined the need to enhance the fiscal space of province in order to implement the developmental agenda of provincial government. He directed for fast track development of productive sectors for the purpose. He further directed to formulate an effective mechanism for tax collection, enhance the capacity of KPRA and to hire highly expertise in order to achieve the targets of revenue generation. He directed to make preparation to get the provincial rights from federal government adding that this time there would be no difficulty to get the provincial rights. The provincial government will have to make special preparation and planning for next budget. Eight to ten mega projects are under consideration that would be included in the next ADP, he concluded.

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