FATA to be mainstreamed, gets over Rs 100 Bln development funds

Rs100 Bln To Be Spent Annually For Bringing FATA Into Mainstream: Senate Told

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch on Friday informed
the Senate that Rs.100 billion would be spent per annum for next 10 years in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) to bring it in mainstream.
Responding to various supplementary questions, the minister said that it was a lengthy process and would take 10 years to bring FATA at par with other areas.

He said compensation of Rs,400,000 each was being paid for totally destroyed houses while Rs.160,000 each for partially damaged houses in FATA.
He said the damaged properties and the compensation paid to the owners were covered under the Citizen Losses Compensation Program (CLCP).
As far as CLCP was concerned, Rs.13,341 million has been released by Finance Division, he said.
The minister said out of Rs. 13,341 Million, Rs. 12,350 million were released to the Political Administration out of which Rs. 10,708 Million has been disbursed to the beneficiaries, after conducting proper survey.

The minister said some 4,000-5000 shops were also destroyed in Miran Shah and some 2000 shops were being built to hand over to the affectees. He said compensation was also being paid to the owners of the shops.
To another question, Abdul Qadir Baloch said some 3904 people had lost their lives due to terrorists’ attacks while 3062 sustained injuries during last five years.

He said funds to the tune of Rs.331.86 million had been disbursed as compensation to the heirs of victims.
To a supplementary question, he said Rs. 500,000 and Rs.300,000 each was being paid to the victim of terrorist attack in KPK in FATA respectively. Efforts were being made to end the disparity in compensation amount, he said.
To a separate question, the minister that there were two categories of employees working in the Afghan Refugees Organizations including contractual employees paid out of UNHCR funds and Civil Servants paid out of Government budget through AGPR.

He said Afghan Refugees Organization (ARO) was established on emergent basis by the Federal Government in 1979 and for the purpose, temporary posts were created in M/o SAFRON on yearly continuation basis.
The minister said on December 31, 2012, the M/o SAFRON had converted the status of 770 posts of different cadres in Afghan
Refugees Organizations including KP, Balochistan and Punjab from temporary posts into regular posts for the purpose of reflecting the same in Budget order instead of yearly continuation.

The salaries of these posts were being drawn from government exchequer through AGPR.
He said 728 employees of ARO KP, Balochistan, Punjab and Afghan Refugees Repatriation Cell Karachi were inducted on contract basis by following the laid down process of government, however, they were being paid out of the UNHCR funds.

He said as per gazette Notification of M/O SAFRON dated 03-07-2000, regular employees of Afghan Refugees Organization, who have put in 10 years or more than 10 years of continuous service, under the definition of the civil servants Act 1973, were
entitled for compensatory pensionery benefits.

He said up till now, the respective Commissionerates had been working under administrative control of Provincial Home Departments therefore no proper service structure/ service rules were in place nor was there any uniformity in service recruitment
rules and other matters.

Source: www.app.com.pk



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