Peshawar, March 10, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Secretary Muhammad Shehzad Arbab chaired a presentation on the overall development scenario and ongoing and completed uplift projects so far undertaken in the industries, minerals, hydel power, physical planning, housing, skills development and research in the federally administered tribal areas and called for more accelerated efforts with better mechanism to develop FATA in a bid to improve the life standard of the people there.
The presentation was arranged by FATA Development Authority in its provincial headquarter at Hayatabad, Peshawar on Friday. The Chief Executive FDA Fida Wazir briefed the chief secretary on the sector-wise allocation of funds in the Annual Development Programme 2013-14, the achievements so far made, impacts of the development projects, monitoring arrangements and position of all the completed, ongoing and new schemes in FATA.
The CS was told that in small hydel development sector Dargai Pal small dam in South Waziristan Agency and Dandy small dam in North Waziristan Agency had been completed and work on 6 dams in different FATA areas was in advance stage some of them nearing completion.
It was stated that feasibility study of Bara dam and 13 other small dams had been completed in 2009 while feasibility and designs of 9 dams had also been finalized. The CS was also briefed on the solarization projects in community drinking water, hospitals, education, industries, check posts and common places.
In mineral sector the CS was told that an agreement had been signed with M/S Royal Foundry for establishing Ferro Manganese Plant where 10000 tons of ores would be processed annually. It was disclosed that the total expected income per annum would be Rs. 22 million.
In this regard 10 companies had reserved 16 blocks for exploration of oil and gas in the region. It was also stated that a project for provision of safety equipments for scientific coal mining in FATA had already been completed.
The chief secretary was told that in kill development 5875 youth were trained in reputed training institutes of the country in different trades while 13371 women were given embroidery, knitting and tailoring training.
Moreover, 2206 youth were imparted on-job training under the field internship programme while 1752 boys were trained under entrepreneurship training programme. The chief secretary was also detailed on the progress of work on different phases of the Mohmand Marble City and was also provided details about the overall sector wise impacts of the completed projects.
The security problems and damage to official machinery so far engaged in the development projects also came under discussion and necessary measures advised in this connection. Progress of work on different small dams including Raghaghan, Zao, Kand, Parwara, Chao Tangi, Baz Ali, Moto Shah, Sheen Kuch and Gandao was also reviewed and decisions taken.
The chief secretary appreciated the development initiatives and emphasized for more coordinated efforts for the development of the tribal areas which he added was on the priorities of the present government.
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