Transplant regulator gets funds

Cabinet amends Kalash Valley Development Authority rules

Our Correspondent December 29, 2023
Doctors call for legislation to facilitate organ transplantation. PHOTO:


The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa caretaker cabinet convened in a significant meeting to address various issues and allocate resources for key initiatives. Among the notable decisions, an allocation of Rs60 million was approved for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Medical Transplantation Regulatory Authority.

This authority plays a crucial role in regulating, controlling, and monitoring all human organ transplantations in the region. The move reflects the government’s commitment to ensuring ethical and regulated practices in the field of organ transplants.

During the meeting, Caretaker Chief Minister Syed Arshad Hussain Shah expressed condolences on the demise of former foreign secretary Riaz Khokhar, recognizing and paying tribute to his professionalism.

Additionally, the cabinet sanctioned a release of Rs40 million as a loan for the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Transmission and Grid System Company, providing essential bridge financing. The financial support aims to address the company’s needs, aligning with the priorities of the region’s energy infrastructure.

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The reconstitution of the technical committee, as outlined in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government Rest Houses and Tourism Properties Act 2020, was another noteworthy decision. This move reflects the government’s commitment to effective and transparent governance in the management and development of tourism properties.

Amendments to the Special Purpose Kumrat and Kalash Development Authority Rules 2020 were also approved during the meeting. These changes empower the authorities to establish by-laws, enhancing their ability to ensure the safety and well-being of tourists. As tourism continues to play a vital role in the region’s economy, these regulatory measures underscore the government’s dedication to fostering a secure and welcoming environment for visitors.

Furthermore, the establishment of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Deserving Artists Welfare Endowment Fund Rules 2022 demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting artists. This initiative recognizes the cultural and artistic contributions of individuals and aims to provide financial assistance to deserving artists, contributing to the flourishing arts and culture scene in the region.

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The cabinet also approved the transfer of 3 kanal 18 marla land in Tehsil Kulachi, District DI Khan, to the Relief, Rehabilitation, and Settlement Department for the establishment of a Rescue-1122 station. This decision aligns with the government’s efforts to expand emergency services, ensuring that even remote areas have access to timely assistance during emergencies and disasters.

Addressing legal matters, a supplementary grant of Rs609.119 million was approved for the payment of the decretal amount to the owners of the 209 kanal land acquired for the construction of Police Line-II in District Mardan. This decision reflects the government’s commitment to upholding legal obligations and ensuring fair compensation for landowners affected by development projects.

Moreover, the relaxation of the ban on transfer postings of employees of the ex-CDLD (Community-Driven Local Development) aligns with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Regularization of Services of Employees of District Governance and Community Development Project 2022. This demonstrates the government’s efforts to regularize services and address workforce requirements in various projects.

The cabinet’s decision to take up the issue of payment of enhanced compensation for the 1,480 kanal land acquired for the expansion of Nowshera Industrial Estate underscores the government’s commitment to resolving longstanding issues and adhering to legal processes.

In a move to streamline the operations of public sector universities, the cabinet approved the territorial jurisdictions under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities Act 2012.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2023.


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