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   April  20, 2015



CM KP ordered to merge all Maktab School into Govt Schools

Chitral Times Report

Opposing the proposal for abolishing about one Thousand Maktab Schools, staffed with one teacher each, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak ordered to merge all such schools into government Primary Schools arguing that no compromise should be made on education of poor children. He also directed more sterner actions than taken before against quacks, spurious drugs, price hike, encroachments, absenteeism of teachers and health practitioners, vendors of substandard edible items and less- measured CNG and Petroleum products. He, however, directed to grant special prizes to encourage those workers and officials who have distinguished performance for achieving the goals of Polio eradication campaign. He also directed to incentivize the endeavors of the officers of Reforms Implementation Cell of the Chief Secretary office for devising an effective electronic system for monitoring performance of district administrations.
The Chief Minister issued these directives while chairing a high level meeting held at Cabinet Room of Civil Secretariat, Peshawar Monday to review performance of district administrations of the province. Besides Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, administrative secretaries of concerned departments, and all divisional commissioners and Deputy Commissioners attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed about output of district administrations during the last two months in 11 major sectors of operations and the districts bearing good or unsatisfactory performance were clearly identified by the monitoring system. These sectors included polio eradication, performance of district administrations, municipal services, anti-encroachment drive, health services, monitoring of schools, price checking, CNG and Petrol stations checking, adulteration of food, quacks and spurious drugs.
Reviewing activities of district administrations, Chief Minister expressed dissatisfaction over sale of substandard food items and spurious drugs and ordered more stringent action against those who are found responsible for such illegal activities. He also directed the authorities concerned to take necessary arrangements for establishing foods and drugs testing laboratories at divisional level. Taking notice of delay in formation of water supply and sanitation companies at divisional and district levels, he also directed to expedite implementation of the orders already issued in this respect. Mr. Khattak further directed to take necessary measures for making budgetary allocations for cleanliness and hygiene purposes at village level under forthcoming local government system adding that such a permanent arrangement would ensure establishment of health and hygiene system in rural areas of the province. Directing for employment of those owners who had donated lands for setting up government schools under the law, the Chief Minister asked all government departments to obtain approval of all new expenditures as soon as 80 percent of construction work of the public facilities is completed so that such facilities could be utilized in the people’s interest.
Referring to encroachment issues, the Chief Minister advised the concerned departments to present proposals and schemes for establishing civic facilities on the state lands and roads which were got freed from encroachments. He also emphasized the need to continue checking of PatwarKhanas and declared that checking of at least 10 percent of Pakhtunkhwa would be mandatory for all district administrations. Seeking comprehensive report on implementation of the uplift schemes initiated at a cost of eight billion rupees for providing civic amenities in different districts, Pervez Khattak strictly ordered to avoid utilization of funds for any other purpose which were made available for establishment of “Jawan Markaz” (Youth Centres) adding that such centers should be setup in sports buildings at district level. He also directed to hire competent and young monitors to check quacks and spurious drugs as, he regretted, the Health Regulatory Authority had failed to address such issues.
Lauding the district monitoring system, devised by the Chief Secretary Office, the Chief Minister was of the view that common people as well as beneficiaries of the government services should also be informed about benefits of the monitoring system so as to obtain their feedback which would help improve the overall governance system, he added.
Earlier the Chief Minister was informed that as many as 2012 operations were carried out against encroachment throughout the province which helped recover 492 kanals of encroached lands and 772 kilometers roads. Similarly, the meeting was told, 931 patwarkhanas and 648 ADP schemes were checked by district administrations. Disciplinary actions were taken against 106 revenue officials. Out of them 104 were suspended and major penalties were given to 24 personnel. The meeting was also informed that during last two months fine amounting to Rs. 9.6 million was imposed on 73304 profiteers during price checking while 1699 individuals were sent to jail for overcharging. Moreover, 1434 samples of adulterated edibles and 944 samples of spurious drugs were collected for laboratory testing.


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