ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Monday chaired a meeting to review the social and economic needs of the merged districts of erstwhile Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra on the occasion briefed the meeting about the financial requirements of the merged district of the province.
He highlighted that the FATA Development Fund would be utilised for the development of the social sector, particularly health and education of the former tribal agencies. He also underlined the need to improve road and electricity infrastructure in the area.
The adviser informed the meeting that the federal government would extend all possible assistance to erstwhile FATA to fulfill its needs and support the province in its endeavours to work for the social and economic development of the merged districts.
He assured the meeting that the Ministry of Finance would timely process the release of funds for the merged districts. The meeting was informed that the federal government had disbursed sufficient funds on the rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) of the former tribal agencies.
The meeting was attended by Adviser on Establishment Mohammad Shehzad Arbab, KP Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra, Finance Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch and other senior officials of the Finance Ministry.