Prime Minister Imran Khan says the development and uplift of merged tribal areas (previously known as FATA) is amongst the foremost priorities of the government.
He also directed to ensure timely issuance of funds for infrastructure development in the merged areas. The prime minister said this while presiding over a meeting held to discuss the issues of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, particularly matters relating to energy and reviewing the progress regarding the development of the merged areas.
Federal Ministers Asad Umar, Umar Ayub Khan, Governor KP Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan and officials of the concerned federal and provincial departments attended the meeting, which discussed the pace of development in the merged areas, expenditures during the fiscal year 2019-20, and the budget allocated for the current fiscal year.
Matters related to the implementation of the wheeling regime in the power sector, provincial representation in the concerned departments in the energy sector, payments of net hydel profits, proposed amendment in power sector policy 2015, and issues relating to the implementation of Chashma Right Bank Canal project were discussed.
Regarding the implementation of the wheeling regime and the benefits for the industrial sector under this system, the prime minister directed the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to address issues in its implementation as soon as possible in consultation with the stakeholders.
He also directed to ensure the representation of provinces in boards of directors of concerned institutions in the power sector.
About the payments of net hydel profits, the prime minister directed the Ministries of Energy, Finance, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and the provincial government to finalize the procedure in that respect. Regarding the proposed amendment in Power Policy 2015, he directed that the matter should be considered in the Cabinet Committee on Energy.
About the Chashma Right Bank Canal, the prime minister directed to complete the feasibility of the project within six months, which is very important for the socio-economic development of the province especially the development of agriculture.