Good governance: Nepotism stamped out in K-P, claims chief minister

Pervaiz Khattak inaugurates work on 21-kilometre long Haji Baba to Gokand road, school building in Swat

Shehzad Khan December 11, 2016
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SWAT: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has said the PTI-led coalition government had liberated the province from “corruption, nepotism and favouritism”.

“Opposition parties in K-P are unable to see change in the province which the PTI-led provincial government has brought about in education, health and police departments,” Khattak said while addressing a public rally at Balogram sport ground in Swat on Sunday.

The rally was also attended by Minister for Sports and Culture Mahmood Khan, Swat MNA Murad Saeed, MPA from the area Aziz Ullah Gran and a large number of party supporters from the district.

Addressing the rally, the chief minister said, “The previous government of the Awami National Party (ANP) had taken corruption to an unprecedented level. In addition, every department in the province was destroyed by their poor governance.”

“Now, the PTI-led provincial government in its over three-year rule has ended corruption and the culture of commission in all provincial departments.”

The chief minister said the PTI government had brought about a revolution in education, health and police departments.

“We have posted 30,000 teachers in the education department via the National Testing Service (NTS), increased the salaries of doctors and forced the police department to stop harassing people and instead serve them with dignity.”

The CM said maintaining transparency was the hallmark of the PTI’s government and added that was why the NTS had been given the task to conduct tests to fill vacant posts in educational, health and police departments.

The CM said certain laws had been enacted by the provincial assembly which proved that the legislative body had come to fruition and helped setting standards of good governance.

“The Right to Information (RTI) Act passed by the K-P assembly has systematised the allocation and utilisation of funds in developmental projects in a transparent manner.”

He also said a new bill was being presented which would prohibit assembly members, ministers and chief ministers benefiting from their own businesses in the province.

The chief minister said the accountability department had confiscated timber worth tens of billions of rupees. “This timber will be sold in the open market and the revenue generated from its sale will be spent on planting more trees in the province under the Billion-Tree-Tsunami scheme.”

Meanwhile, Khattak inaugurated construction work on the 21-kilometre long Haji Baba to Gokand road and also laid the foundation stone of a government school at Balogram village in the Swat district.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2016.


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