Peshawar - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet in its 68th meeting on Tuesday with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair approved Rs2.552 billion subsidy under Ramazan Package to ensure uninterrupted supply of the edible items to the consumers on subsidized rates during the holy month of Ramazan.

Briefing media persons about the decisions of the cabinet meeting, Special Assistant to KP Chief Minister on Information & PRs Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif said as many as 2800 sale points have been established in the province to provide atta three times a day to avoid any shortage of this essential commodity. “20kg bag of atta will be available at these points at a subsidized rate of Rs800 instead of Rs1100 during Ramazan and the additional financial burden to be incurred in this regard to be borne by the provincial government. The subsidized atta will also be available in bags of 10kg for the ease of the consumers at a price of Rs400 per bag,” he added.

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

Barrister Saif said that the cabinet also decided to set up 123 Ramazan facilitation centres, 42 mobile utility stores, 83 sasta bazars and 96 ‘Ramazan dastarkhwans’ during the upcoming holy month, which will be supervised by the monitoring units headed by the respective secretaries and DCs to ensure quality and thwart hoarding, price hike as well as shortage of the essential commodities in the markets.

The cabinet, he said, also approved to grant the status of force as well as Shuhada Package to the field employees of Forest & Wild Life Department. Under the Shuhada Package, the heirs of the martyred employees of Scale 3-16 to be given Rs3.3 million, Rs5.5 million to BS-17 employees, Rs9.9 million to BS-18 & 19 employees and Rs11 million to BS-20 employees. However, the Chief Minister directed for devising a uniform financial package for the heirs of martyred employees as all the Shuhada are equal and a summary to this effect be presented in the cabinet in future.

Barrister Saif said that the cabinet also approved regularisation of more than 4000 employees of as many as 26 projects of the Rescue 1122. The cabinet also approved the Tooling Policy for Highways. The cabinet, he said, approved the reopening of De-radicalization Centre Mashal in Malakand Division to get rid of the scourge of extremism as well as to inculcate the spirit of patriotism in those having tendency towards radicalization.

SACM Barrister Saif says 20kg bag of flour to be available at sale points at subsidised rate of Rs800

Cabinet also approves regularisation of more than 4000 employees of Rescue 1122

The centre, for which a supplementary grant of Rs360 million was approved, will serve as a training and reformation platform for eradicating negative tendencies among the people and will protect them from falling prey unintentionally in the hands of anti-state elements.

The SACM said that cabinet conditionally approved a subsidy of Rs50 per fertilizer bag for the major Kharif crops during the year 2022-23. He went on to say that the meeting also approved transferring of 8-kanal and 3-kanal 7-marla state land to the Police Department for establishing police stations in Loi Sam Khar Bajaur and Tehsil Headquarters Ambar Mohmad District respectively. Similarly, the cabinet also approved the transfer of land to the Relief Department for the establishment of Rescue 1122 stations in three different districts of the province.

4-kanal land has also been allocated for the establishment of Rescue 1122 stations at Moza Daraban, Tehsil Daraban Distric D I Khan while 3-kanal in Kohistan Upper and more than 1.5-kanal at Moza Fathima Khel Kalan Tehsil & District Bannu. The provincial cabinet, he said, also approved granting the status of Sub-Division to Tehsil Shabqadar, District Charsadda and Tehsil Baffa, District Mansehra.

The cabinet also approved a supplementary grant of Rs700 million for Pak-Austria Institute of Applied Sciences & Technology Haripur. The cabinet also approved converting the Swat University Campus in Shangla to a full-fledged university namely ‘University of Shangla’ and the adjacent unutilised building of technical college to be transferred in the name of the university. The cabinet also approved 10-kanal land in urban areas and 20-kanal land in rural areas for the establishment of government colleges for boys and girls.

The KP cabinet also approved handing over various roads in the province to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority including 1.5km road between Sheringal–Patrak in N-45, 12km road Bandagai Chowk-Jail Chowk, 126km road Topi–Buner, 85km road Thakot–Darband in Torghar and 61km road Bannu-Miranshah.

The SACM said that the cabinet approved the upgradation of Tehsil Tirah Bagh Maidan to the status of sub-division and creation of two new tehsils, Painda Cheena in the new sub-division Tirah and Fort Salop in the existing sub-division Bara, District Khyber. The cabinet directed for returning the upgradation case of the Administrative Staff of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan to the University as the University is competent to take approval from the relevant forum in such like matters.