Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan welcomed the federal government agenda for civil service reforms and assured all out support on behalf of his government.
“PTI previous government depoliticized public sector institutions, gave structure to different departments and put the delivery system on systematic and efficient lines in the province”, he added.
He was talking to Advisor to Prime Minister on Civil Service Reforms Dr. Ishrat Hussain who called on him at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Additional Chief Secretary Shahzad Bangash and Secretary Establishment Arshad Majeed were also present at the occasion. The civil service reforms were thoroughly discussed. The Advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Ishrat Hussain informed the Chief Minister about the federal government’s stance to take the provinces on board in the civil service reforms adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted to depoliticize bureaucracy.
Mahmood Khan termed the depoliticization of bureaucracy and bringing civil service reforms adding that the reforms would be fruitful if the apprehensions of other cadres are removed. The PTI previous government had resolved the problems of the public sector employees and would continue with the same approach.
Chief Minister highlighted how the PTI government discouraged political intervention in the postings and transfers in the province. We took visible steps to make the institutions independent. However, there should be a check and balance mechanism in the institutions for good governance that would lead to get the results and objectives of public sector institutions. They also discussed the potential of tourism promotion in the province, economic situation of the country and job opportunities.
Chief Minister highlighted the potential of tourism as a industry in the province. The provincial government’s steps and its policies have changed the overall situation of the province. There was improvement in the terrorism hit areas and tourism was getting boost, the people are getting employment and the government was aware of the importance of infrastructure development in Swat, Malakand and Hazara, he added. He said that the federal government in time transfers of resources would further improve the overall situation in the province. This province would play a dominant role in the economic stability of the country. He said his government was also working on its own resource generation. It has its own land which would be utilized by the province government for the benefit of the people and province. He also talked about the successful anti encroachment drive in the province.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has formed a high level committee comprising representatives of law, forest, mineral development department and finance to review the progress on NOCs issued to investors in the forest growing areas of the province. The committee would examine different angels of the problems of the investors and review the legality or otherwise of the NOCs and would submit its recommendations within two weeks. He said we have to ensure the conservation of forest but simultaneously we would also generate resources of our mineral resources.
He was presiding over a high level meeting at his office in CM Secretariat Peshawar which was attended by Provincial Ministers Taimur Saleem Jahgra, Ishtiaq Urmar, Sultan Mahmood, Dr. Amjad Ali and administrative secretaries of the concerned department.
The meeting reviewed the legal dimensions of the NOCs awarded to investors within the forest growing areas for the exploration and exploitation of mines and minerals. The meeting was also kept abreast of the progress emerging out of the Supreme Court decision and the recommendations of the committee earlier constituted for the purpose.
The Chief Minister underlined the need to find out a viable solution in the light of the law for the investors who had been given NOC by the mineral department. The legal reservations of the forest department should be taken care of. He directed that new committee that he constituted would review the status of NOCs and would give a guideline for resolving the issues in this regard. The committee recommendations should be presented within two week.
Mahmood Khan said that forest conservation is very much important and therefore we could not ignore it because of the environmental threat. However, we have to get benefit out of our mineral resources in order to widen the fiscal space of the province. He directed a three prong approach that included the development of the province, the natural conservation and economic driven needs for all decision making in this regard.