PESHAWAR - The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak, has directed to complete the inquiry report of poor services in Rural Health Centre Akbarpura and deployment of class-IV employees for administration of the healthcare facilities there.

He also directed to form PC-I for the secondary and primary healthcare at district and tehsil level in order to strengthen efficient healthcare.

He was presiding over a meeting to discuss the issues of Mian Rashid Hospital Pabbi and extension of healthcare facilities at district and tehsil level here at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar.

Provincial Minister Shahram Tarakai, MPA Mian Khaliqur Rehman, Naib Nazim town Nowshera, Secretary Health, Chief Executive RAHBAR NGO and other concerned officials attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister said that his government would never ever compromise on efficient healthcare in the province.

Inefficiency in the services was intolerable because his government made legislations including Right to Information and Right to Services and under these circumstances, even a layman could ask for the information about the utilisation of resources in all sectors by the government and the services available for them, he said. 

It was the political interference that rendered the public sector institutions inefficient in the past, he said.

It would ensure good governance and efficient healthcare at all cost, he added.

The Chief Minister directed all departments to route their advertisements through Information Department.

On this occasion the Chief Executive of REHBAR NGO requested for an amicable resolution of issues concerning the Mian Rashid Hospital Pabbi between the NGO and the Health Department which was accepted on the condition that the NGO would formally request for it and the issue would be resolved in the best public interest.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak has said that the essence of the Whistleblower Act is to eliminate corruption and corrupt practices in the public affairs. He said that it would also strengthen the check and balance mechanism in all spheres of public dealings including the judicial utilisation of hard earned public resources.

He was presiding over a meeting of the Select Committee on proposed Whistleblower Act at the Provincial Assembly Secretariat Peshawar on Monday.

Senior Minister for Local Government, Inayatullah Khan, Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, MPAs Muhammad Ali Shah, Jafar Shah and Mehmood Bittani and relevant officials attended the meeting.

The meeting took for debate the relevant law and discussed threadbare it’s various sections.

The participants presented certain amendments to the proposed law and made certain recommendations to make it more effective and reconcile to the ground reality.

Addressing the participants, the Chief Minister said that the set of legislations, his government brought about would lead to open and transparent governance in the province.

These laws would bring an end to corruption and corrupt practices and would determine the level of authority and the responsibility attached to these authorities.

He said that the Whistleblower Act would also be a check to discourage commission and would ensure that whatever was indicated in the PC-I of any developmental scheme would have to be on ground. 

The government would spurn into action for any mismatch in this regard and action could be initiated against the corrupt practices.

He also agreed for the composition of commission to be headed by a Chairman and the members of it would be for a term of three years with the age limit falling between 45- 65.

The power and authority of the Chairman would also be the organizational structural and disposal of day to day affairs. Financially an autonomous body, its monthly remuneration would be met from out of provincial consolidated fund.

After preliminary inquiry, determining the status of the complaint, it would initiate full inquiry with the time tag.

The Commission would have to complete its inquiry within 60 days.

The Whistleblowers Act would also have some safeguards for the protection of whistleblowers against any victimisation and disadvantages position.

However, any mala fide intension if found, this protection would be commensurate with the punishment of Rs 5 million and three years imprisonment.

Khattak directed the relevant quarters to prepare a mechanism for the enforcement of the law, once it is passed by the Assembly and the victim would be allowed to claim compensation.