Parliamentary Committee on development of Erstwhile FATA expressed displeasure over the performance of PDMA to compensate and Rehabilitate people of Ex-FATA 

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Islamabad, November 23, 2021 (PPI-OT):Parliamentary Committee on Development of Erstwhile FATA raised concern about complex and vague process of compensation paid for Rehabilitation and Relief services regarding destructed and demolition market, shops houses or any other in all merged districts of erstwhile FATA. Director General Relief, Rehabilitation and Settlement Department KPK briefed the participants about rehabilitation efforts so far initiated by KPK government. He said that 95 billion rupees has been distributed so far. The member asked about Audit of released and amount.

The member also raised concern about the survey method to compensate for destruction and demolition in Ex-FATA and also sought clearance about compensation paid. The committee Member said that on ground situation was different as no amount has been paid for reconstruction of the houses. the member said that 1200 shopkeepers have been paid amount but there are total number of 6600 total shops in Miran Shah alone which were not paid till date.

The Committee unanimously expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of KPK government to provide relief to the common people in Erstwhile FATA. Chairman committee proposed that parliamentarians be taken on board regarding compensation and survey in Erstwhile FATA. It was also proposed to held next meeting in Peshawar. The committee unanimously directed the PDMA KPK to held meeting with public representatives along with concerned district administration within next 15 days to take them on board regarding compensation and survey made so far.

Mr Sadiq Khan special envoy for Afghanistan proposed that all issues be listed down and this list of challenges to Erstwhile FATA be sent to KPK provincial government and district government. He said that the issues need to be prioritized. MNA Ms Shandana Gulzar said that this committee is to make life easier for the Common people in erstwhile FATA as their employment is under threat. The member committee also raised the issue that people of Khyber, Bajaur and other areas were not paid any amount as compensation. Chairman also said that only two committee meetings of working group of administrative, development and Finance were held and stressed for more work.

While responding to calling attention notice of Non provision of 3 percent NFC share for development of Erstwhile FATA, Representative of Finance Division briefed the participants about 10th NFC meeting and about allocation of 3 percent share for development of Erstwhile FATA. subcommittee under chairmanship of KPK Minister Finance was formulated to streamline this issue. The committee proposed that why there is one liner allocation for ex fata development.

The committee suggested that FATA programmes and development schemes be included in PSDP schemes. The member also asked about total release of amount for ex-FATA development so far, whether it is development grant or project. the committee recommended to ensure special provision of FATA schemes. The committee also recommended for accelerating the process of developing consensus on 10th NFC award.

Taking notice of absence of Representatives of Kamyab Jawan programme for briefing on Kamyab Jawan Programme of Erstwhile FATA, the committee recommended for moving Privilege Motion against joint secretary Kamyab Jawan Programme for not attending this august house committee meeting.

FBR Representatives briefed the participants about federal tax concession to Erstwhile FATA. The committee suggested for establishment of FBR facilitation centre for facilitating traders in Ex-FATA and Ex-PATA. The committee proposed that industry in Ex-FATA and Ex-PATA should adjust local for employment and for cheap provision of locally produced items.

The meeting was attended by Special Envoy for Afghanistan Mr. Sadiq khan, Senator Mr. Dost Muhammad Khan MNAs Ms Shandana Gulzar Khan, Dr. Haider Ali Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Molana Jamul Din, Mr, Jawad Hussain, Mr Zafar Khan, Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Mr. Jamal Ud Din, Mr. Abdul Shakoor and representatives of Finance Division, PDMA KPK, FBR, PRSP, and NDMA.

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