Round table conference under the aegis of PPAF
CHITRAL: In the round table conference held under the aegis
of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) on development process
in the district here on Friday, the participants were of the strong
view that the enormity of the area of Chitral and its backwardness
should be made the criterion of budget allocation by the government
instead of population.
The theme of the conference being ‘challenges of Chitral, gaps in
development process, opportunities and responsiveness and new
opportunities’, was attended by elected representatives, civil
society organizations and government officials with chief executive
officers of PPAF Qazi Azmat Isa in the chair.
The CEO of SRSP, Shahzada Masoodul Mulk, general manager of AKRSP,
Muzaffarud Din, MPA Bibi Fozia, district naib nazim Maulana Abdul
Shakoor, regional program manger of AKRSP Sardar Ayub and the
representatives of civil society organizations participated.
The participants said that after the completion of Lowari tunnel
project by next year and the inclusion of Chitral as the alternate
route of CPEC, its prospects for progress rise exponentially but at
the same time pose a number of challenges to it in many fronts
including business, culture and tradition.
They said that vulnerability of the area to natural hazards, lack
of access to the national market to for marketing its produce of
fruits and vegetables, migration of the people from the villages to
the urban centres in fast speed were some of the hindrances for the
development in Chitral.
They said that the natural disasters of last year in the form of
flash flood had done colossal loss to the physical infrastructures
in the district whose magnitude has been estimated at 15 billion
rupees and its restoration was yet to be made.
The speakers were of the view that the social organization process
which had been started two decades ago had proved to be a source of
training to the local people as well as creating awareness among
them about community participation.
They said that now the community wields the required capability and
expertise to accomplish any kind of service in different sectors of
development and once the community is made involved in the
development projects, they also developed ownership about it and
its sustainability is ensured.
They urged the need of exploiting the potentials of tourism, mines
and minerals, hydro- power generation capacity by using the water
galore across the valley and harness the youth folk who formed 70
percent of the local population.
Speaking on this occasion, Qazi Azmat Isa said that PPAF had been
funding for different development projects for the last fifteen
years and will continue it on need basis and it was heartening for
him to note that the local people were awakened to the new
challenges and they had the capabilities to cope with any kind of
He urged the need of close coordination between different civil
society organizations and the elected local bodies for piling up
their resources and utilize them in coherent way for the benefit of
Earlier, the representatives of two local support organizations
made a presentation on the utilization of the funds provided by
PPAF for the poverty reduction projects in Kalash valleys, Drosh
town , Ayun and Koh.