The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah has said that FATA Medical College’s establishment project at Khar in Bajaur Agency with a tentative cost of Rs.3500 million will be launched shortly and its basic documentation process has already been completed. Notification of a fully devoted project director for the institution is now a matter of days and with its completion, a long standing demand of the people of FATA will be materialized.
Addressing tribal elders during his day long visit to the Agency Headquarter, Khar on Sunday, the Governor further observed that to make it a fully functional and one of the best institution of the country, sufficient infrastructural facilities with required standard will be made available. The Governor accompanied by MNA Mr. Shahabuddin Khan, Senator, Hidayatullah Khan, Additional Chief Secretary, FATA, Arbab Muhammad Arif, Commissioner, Malakand Division, Mr. Muhammad Afsar Khan and Political Agent, Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah earlier inspected the newly established and well furnished campus of the College of Technology and also reviewed pace of progress on the ongoing annual development programme as well as working of the nation building departments in the agency.
The Governor appreciated the good gestures of the tribal elders for their presence in large number and reminded them to be also conscious to their responsibilities in ensuring better future for their coming generation by making best use of the facilities being made available by the government. “We have to protect and develop our soil in all respects and the people should themselves efficiently prove ownership by focusing upon proper utilization of the available resources; the agriculture in particular”, he said.
Meanwhile during his inspection visit to the newly established Campus of the College of Technology at Khar, the Governor described it a great gift on part of Pak Army for its valuable contribution in making its materialization possible. This institution, he added, will indeed play a useful and highly productive role in socio-economic uplift of the respective people and assured to spare no effort in maintaining quality of academic facilities. Since, he said, electrical, mechanical and mining sectors have been given lead in promotion of technical know how in the institution, therefore, the graduates will prove a precious asset both for the nation and the respective areas as well. Besides serving within the country, he added, they are also expected to get respectable job opportunities abroad as well. While making round of various class rooms, laboratories and workshops of the institution, the Governor also noted availability of one of the best equipments at the campus with appreciation.
Later on the Governor had a detail review of the pace of progress on the ongoing annual development programme as well as working of the line departments and desired that not only efficient utilization of resources should be ensured but there should be no compromise on quality of work as well. “87% of the releases made so far under different heads in various sectors have been achieved and except a couple of schemes, work on the entire annual development programme is fully progressing”, the governor was informed. On a point, the Governor was told that despite availability of meager resources, quite a good headway is underway towards development of agriculture sector as well as its subsidiary disciplines. On a point, the Governor was further informed that in education sector, out of 97 damaged institutions, work on rehabilitation of 51 is in full swing and will be completed within the stipulated time. Similar is the case in respect of security piquets, health institutions, road links and water supply schemes. He was further told that 12 schemes of small hydel power stations are also in progress at Khar and Nawagai while ten water supply projects have been shifted over to solar system.
Source: Frontier Post.