Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the present provincial government will reduce the trust deficit of the international donors agencies by ensuring better monitory discipline and transparency in government departments so that more and more foreign investors and donors come to the province and help the government to provide better services and facilities to the public.
Similarly the government will resolve the confidence of the tax payers by bringing reforms in the tax system and eliminating corruption adding that to this effect working groups have been formed in all government departments to implement the reform agenda of the present government.
He expressed these views while talking to a three members delegation of Department For International Development DFID UK who called on him at his office on Wednesday and discussed with him various matters related to reform agenda of the provincial government specially in the fields of social service delivery and the support of DFID in this regard. The delegation was led by Mr. George Turkington.
Talking to the foreign guests, the Chief Minister said that basic reforms in education and health sectors were the top priorities of his government and practical work on the same has been initiated already.
No reform or change is possible without changing and reforming the education system and therefore, the provincial government will focus on education section and will introduce uniform system of education both the private and public educational institutions so that both the poor and the rich have equal opportunities of progress; the Chief Minister maintained.
Mr. Khattak said that his government would ensure in all respect that the funds of the international donors is the province were spent for the right purpose and there will be no corruption at all, and an independent accountability commission is being constituted to ensure transparency in the use of government exchequer and the donors funds as well.
He appreciated the effort and role of DFID for the improvement of health and education sectors in the province, and said that the provincial government highly valued the role of DFID and expressed the hope that DFID would continue its support and cooperation in the future as well. He stressed the authorities of DFID to extend their full cooperation to the provincial government to implement its reform agenda in social sector.
Talking on the occasion, head of the DFID delegation, Mr. George said that DFID worked in collaboration with the Federal and Provincial governments of Pakistan for the development of the country and to province basic facilities of life to its people. He appreciated the commitment of the provincial government to bring reforms on education and health sector.
On the occasion the delegates were briefed about the reform agenda of the present provincial government and allocation of funds for the purpose in the next year provincial budget for the purpose.
Besides, Provincial Minister for education Mr. Atif Khan, and Minister for Health Mr. Shaukat Yousafzai, Secretaries and other high ups of education, health, planning and development, Home and Finance departments were also present on the occasion.