Despite the government’s reforms, corruption still prevails in certain pockets

Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said despite the provincial government’s remarkable reforms and initiatives for transforming the governance system, corrupt practices still prevail in pockets of certain departments and audit department should help the provincial government overcome such practices by making the audit process tougher and efficient.

He said that present KP government has realized that meagre salaries of government employees is one of the major causes of corruption and in view this fact we have decided to monetize the facilities like official vehicles and accommodation available to hardly 10 % of the government servants.

He said, on realization of this idea, salaries of government officials would increase three to four fold and remaining 90 % of the government servant would also be benefitted from the scheme.

He was talking to the Auditor General of Pakistan, Rana Asad Amin and Additional Secretary of Economic Affairs Division, Islamabad, who called on him at Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Wednesday. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Accountant General Shahzada M. Taimur Khusro was also present during the meeting.

The Auditor General discussed matters pertaining to transparency and accountability of the provincial financial affairs with special reference to the Public Accounts Committee 9PAC) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and presented certain proposals in this connection.

He also appreciated the present provincial government’s commitment for undermining corruption from government departments, maintaining fool-proof financial discipline, ensuring transparency in the governance system and withdrawing political interference from the public service departments.

The Chief Minister expressed the resolve that the PTI-led KP government was fully committed to purge the services and administrative system of all kinds of corruption, favouritism and mismanagement.

Terming honesty of political leadership and top bureaucracy a must for fair and corruption-free system, he said that inefficient governance system, political ill will and corrupt elements had been playing role for weakening the very roots of the society.

But, he added, the present provincial government had successfully achieved the desired results of its initiatives for overcoming such menaces to a great extent.

Responding to the AG’s proposal regarding establishment of PACs at district level, the Chief Minister asked him to discuss the proposal with Speaker of the provincial assembly and hoped that such a step will help clear the huge backlog of the audit objections levelled against various government departments by the audit authorities.

Meanwhile talking to a delegation of the district and tehsil members of district Hangu, the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak told that he had approved launching of a large housing scheme in district Hangu while proposals for constructing a small dam at Sarozai Doaba in Tehsil Tal and the power generation project on already completed Naryab Dam will be considered seriously.

The delegation called on the Chief Minister at CM Secretariat Wednesday under the leadership of MNA Khiyal Zaman Orakzai and MPA Shah Faisal.

In response to the problems and demands presented by the delegation, Pervez Khattak took strong notice of the extraordinary delay in completion of under construction hospital at Doaba and while issuing orders for completion of the project within two months he also directed the relevant authorities to identify the officials responsible for the delay so that disciplinary action could be taken against them.

He assured to expedite progress on establishment of a university campus in Hangu and directed the Higher Education authorities to ensure admission of Hangu students in Kohat Medical College against special quota.

He also ordered to fill all vacant posts in health facilities of Hangu within one month and told that a law would be introduced for recruiting teachers for the government colleges on temporary basis until appointment of permanent staff by the Public Service Commission as it take long time to select candidate for recruitment, he added.

The Chief Minister further told that the provincial government had released an amount of Rs. 10 billion to parents-teachers’ councils to meet the needs of all primary schools and every council, which received one to three million rupees, was authorized to independently utilize the fund as per needs of the school. He informed that another amount of Rs. Four billion had been earmarked to provide missing facilities to the middle and high schools of the province.

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