The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is considering reviving the executive magistracy system in the province as it was in 2001, Provincial Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain said on Tuesday.
Addressing the media following a meeting of the provincial cabinet, Hussain said that members discussed the revival of the executive magistracy system, adding that the provincial government has proposed a few amendments in the criminal procedure to bring back the system but the federal government has so far not responded to the request.
Iftikhar said that if the federal government does not respond positively, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will legislate on its own to revive the system as existed on August 13, 2001.
Talking about other matters discussed in the cabinet meeting, Hussain said that under the Benazir Income Support Programme, the government has earmarked approximately Rs500 million for treatment of Hepatitis patients and almost Rs200 million of this amount have already been released. “The rest of the amount will be spent on the treatment of Hepatitis C patients during the current year,” he said.
The cabinet also discussed the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Compulsory Education Bill 2011, which proposes compulsory education for children between the ages of five and 12. Various plans have been prepared by the primary and secondary education department which will be reviewed by a committee formed by the cabinet.
Members of the cabinet were told that around 1,100 applications have been received for a technical education programme being introduced for young unemployed people. Under the programme, 1,500 people will be trained. Hussain said that the department of technical education has been provided annual funds amounting to Rs300 million for this specific purpose.
Hussain said the cabinet has approved the establishment of Khyber-Pakhtukhwa Judicial Academy to improve proficiency of judicial officers and ensure speedy justice for the public. Also, participants of the meeting reviewed the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Regional Languages Authority draft and approved it. The draft will now be tabled in the provincial assembly.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2011.