In what appears to be a daunting challenge, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to double the provincial budget for education from 2% to 4%. Addressing the media on the second day of the cabinet meeting, K-P Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the provincial government intends to spend Rs64 billion on the development of education in the next fiscal year, 2012-2013.
Iftikhar further said that the K-P government will continue taking special measures to provide maximum relief under the Bacha Khapal Rozgar and Pukhtukhwa Hunarmand Rozgar schemes.
The cabinet, he said, also gave a nod for the establishment of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Management. He further said that the institute will impart training to people on tackling war or conflict scenarios.
The minister claimed that the meeting also approved a strategy for bringing transparency in provincial financial matters.
Mian Iftikhar said that Rs200 billion have been spent on uplift schemes across the province despite a wave of terrorism.
The minister went on to add that the new policies and reforms will enhance the performance of health and education sectors at district levels. “We have also decided to set up internal audit units inside the state-run departments to make them deliver on all fronts within the domains of available resources,” he said.
Iftikhar said that cabinet members also deliberated upon the reforms for seminaries, saying they agreed to refer the matter to the concerned committee for further deliberations and discussions.
The minister said they also approved an amendment in the 1993 act pertaining to the renaming of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.
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