Peshawar - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday granted legal cover to Sehat Card Programme on permanent basis after necessary amendments to the law while it has also approved establishment of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Council.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet in its 70th meeting held here with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair approved necessary amendments in the law to provide legal cover to the Sehat Card Programme, which is one of the flagship projects of the province. The amendments are aimed to run the programme on permanent basis and to provide health-care facilities to the masses at their doorsteps.

The meeting was attended besides the cabinet members by the Provincial Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Additional Chief Secretary and Administrative Secretaries of various government departments.

While briefing media persons about the decisions of the cabinet meeting, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Information & PRs Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif said that the cabinet approved a grant of Rs1.9 billion for six public sector universities in the province.

However, an additional grant of Rs5 million each was approved for Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan and University of Peshawar for maintaining better financial discipline and showing good performance. The cabinet, he said, also approved procedures and rules for the provision of funds for the hospitals being run under the Public-Private Partnership. He said that the cabinet also approved giving representation to youth and legal experts in the Charity Commission.

Cabinet approves establishment of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Council

The cabinet, he said, also approved transfer of 6 kanal state land to the Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Department for the construction of offices and residences for Divisional Forest Officers Wildlife and Range Officer Wildlife in North Waziristan district under the AIP scheme “Merged Areas’ Integrated Development Forestry Sector Project (Wildlife component)” to protect, conserve and manage wildlife there. The land, which has been identified for the purpose, was in possession of the District Administration North Waziristan and the concerned authority has already issued NOC for the same.

The cabinet, Barrister Saif said, also approved establishment of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Council under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Act, 2014 to oversee implementation of the environmental laws, approval of the environment related policies and environment standards etc.

The council will be headed by the Chief Minister or any other person nominated by him while Minister for Environment to be the Vice Chairperson with Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary and Secretaries Environment, Finance, Law, Irrigation, C&W, Transport, Health, Energy and Power, Local Government, Industries, Tourism and Public Health Engineering Departments as its official members with maximum 10 other members from various walks of life as per provision in the act.

He said the cabinet also approved transfer of 04 kanal state land in the name of Emergency Rescue Services Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Mouza Daman, Tehsil Pabbi District Nowshera to establish a Rescue 1122 station.

The transfer of the land will contribute towards commissioning of the Rescue 1122 services for facilitating the masses and better management of the rescue resources in case of any disaster or emergency at the tehsil level.