PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa told the provincial assembly on Tuesday that the federal government had spent Rs90 billion in the last five years on infrastructure reconstruction and compensation for damaged houses in the merged tribal districts.
During question time, law minister Akbar Ayub said that the centre had allocated Rs95.147 billion for the purpose under various headings, of which Rs90 billion had already been spent. The session was presided over by Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani.
According to the Minister, Rs32.9 billion was given under the Citizen Losses Compensation Program (CLPC) to help citizens whose homes were destroyed during militancy and military operations in five integrated tribal districts, formerly known as Fata.
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The Minister informs the Press Association that the rules for awarding contracts have not been broken. He said cheques totalling Rs27.982 billion had been issued to the affected citizens so far. The government established the CLCP to assist militancy-affected families in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Khyber, Kurram, and Orakzai.
A ruined house is worth Rs400, 000, while a damaged one is worth Rs160, 000. The minister said Rs30 billion had been set aside for rehabilitation and reconstruction, with Rs20.5 billion set aside for immediate repair and rebuilding. The government, he said, had allocated Rs30 billion for long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction.
According to the minister, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), in partnership with the Pakistan Army, is carrying out restoration and rehabilitation work in the combined tribal districts.
He refuted ANP MPA Khushdil Khan’s argument that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Procurement Regulatory Authority Act’s rules were not followed when contracts for the Pakistan Army were awarded in the merged tribal districts.
Like the province’s settled districts, he said that tourist attractions were being established in the combined tribal communities. Salahuddin Mohmand, an ANP member, filed a privilege motion against a former tehsil municipal officer of Town-4, referred to the house’s appropriate committee for review and recommendations.
When opposition member Nisar Mohmand raised the quorum issue, the chair adjourned the meeting until 2 p.m. on Friday.