Asad Umar reviews financial requirements of tribal districts

  • Finance minister assures KP govt of bringing the merged districts at par with the rest of the province

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar on Thursday chaired a meeting to review the financial requirements of the tribal districts (erstwhile federally administrated tribal areas).

The meeting was attended by Planning Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, KP Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, and Advisor to Prime Minister on Establishment Mohammad Shehzad Arbab.

Finance Minister Asad Umar assured the KP government of bringing the merged districts at par with the rest of the province. He said that the prime minister accorded the highest priority to the uplift of these areas and the federal, as well as provincial governments of Punjab and KP, were committed to providing 3pc of their share to help the merged districts.

The KP finance minister on the occasion gave a detailed presentation to the meeting, highlighting the financial needs of the merged tribal districts. He briefed the meeting on the detailed plans for the socio-economic development of the merged districts and emphasized the importance of regular and timely financial allocation.

The governor and the chief minister emphasized that the provincial government was fully geared to undertake the required developmental activities to completely transform the merged districts.

It was decided that the federal and provincial authorities would continue their coordinated efforts for preparation and processing of a detailed development plan along with timeline for implementation of various activities.