KPK government releases Rs100M funds for ex-Fata
A sum of Rs100M has released by the KPK government as a bridge loan to defray expenditure of the erstwhile ex-Fata as for agency development fund.
Earlier this year, when the 25th Constitutional Amendment Bill came into effect, the ADF was abolished. The amendment proposed the merger of tribal areas (Ex-FATA) with K-P.
The bill titled, 31st Amendment Act, 2018, had sought six amendments in different articles of the Constitution that include Article 1, 51, 59, 62, 101, 155 and 246.
The new amendment has removed the name of Fata as a separate entity from the country’s four existing provinces.
The law also abolished Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) and extended the Constitution, judicial and policing system to ex-Fata.
The amount shall be returned by the merged district secretariat in a lump sum on the receipt of the authentication of ADF from the federal government, the notification added.
According to the notification,
- Bajaur will receive a total of Rs10 million
- Mohmand will get Rs18 million
- Rs5million will be given to Khyber
- Rs17million to Orakzai
- Rs20million to Kurram
- Rs15million each to North and South Waziristan
Peace and Reform Committee
On directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, aPeace and Reforms Committee has been established by the provincial government to oversee the merger.
The committee will be headed by the Minister for Tourism and Youth Affairs, Muhammad Atif Khan. The committee comprises,
- Senior Minister Muhammad Atif Khan
- Law Minister Sultan Muhammad Khan
- Finance Minister TaimurSaleemJhagra
- Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai
KP government spokesperson told that PM Imran Khan’s visit to North Waziristan district has given an impetus to the reforms process. He also said that tribal people will soon start reaping the fruit of the reforms.
The Committee is tasked to:
- Propose reforms
- Set a strategic direction at the policy level to smoothen the merger
- Liaise with the federal government
- Review PSDP and ADP projects
It is pertinent to mention here that there is no law governing ex-Fata at the moment as Peshawar High Court (PHC) suspended interim regulations earlier this month.
Source: Express Tribune