PESHAWAR    -   Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has expressed seri­ous concerns over the indifference of the incumbent Federal Government re­garding the transfer of development funds for merged areas and payment of the Net Hydel Profit arrears adding that the Provincial Government would exercise all the political, constitutional and legal options to get the due rights of the province. 

Chairing a high-level meeting held here on Thursday at Chief Minister House, the CM said that non-compli­ance with the commitments made by the Federal Government regarding the provision of development funds for the current fiscal year is badly affecting the development programs of the prov­ince, especially in merged areas which is unacceptable. 

Provincial Minister for Finance Tai­mur Jhagra, Chief Secretary Shehzad Bangash, Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM, administrative secretaries of con­cerned departments and other rele­vant officials attended the meeting. Matters related to the NFC award, ar­rears of Net Hydel Profit (NHP) and federal transfers were discussed in de­tail during the meeting. 

Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister regretted that the Federal Government is reluctant in providing development funds for merged tribal districts as per commitment which is sheer injustice to the people of merged areas. He expressed the resolve of the Provincial Government to utilize all the available options to get the due rights of the province. 

He clarified that his government be­lieves in investment in human develop­ment adding that despite the difficult financial situation, the Provincial Gov­ernment has undertaken various de­velopment projects in different sectors to materialize its vision regarding uni­form development of the province. Be­sides, billions of rupees have also been allocated for giving relief to the people affected by recent flash floods in vari­ous districts. 

The Chief Minister reiterated that the completion of ongoing mega projects is the top most priority of his government for which all the relevant departments would have to fulfil their respective re­sponsibilities well in time. He directed all the administrative departments to regularly hold monthly review meet­ings so that the completion of ongoing development projects can be ensured within the stipulated timelines.