Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance Taimur Saleem Jhagra Monday said mainstreaming of merged district is inevitable and the provincial government would not compromise on it.
He said the provincial government was committed to giving 3 per cent of its divisible pool funds to erstwhile-FATA, adding the Provincial government has a strong commitment to the sustained development, prosperity and well-being of the people of merged districts and exploring potential avenues in order to generate economic opportunities.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of tribal elders from merged district of Khyber, who met the minister here.
The minister said, people of merged districts would be given a due share in the decision making and development process to put an end to the decades long sense of frustration and deprivation.
The minister further said the provincial government is taking special interest in development of the tribal districts and in this regard many schemes have been introduced and many others will be announced soon. He said the results of the schemes announced by the federal and KP government in the merged districts will be visible soon.
Taimur Saleem emphasized the KP government was fully geared to undertake the required developmental activities to completely transform the merged districts, as per its commitment.
The government has already devised a 10-year development strategy for the tribal districts after consultations with all the stakeholders, he added.
Finance Minister said that both the federal and Punjab governments had already assured KP government to fulfil their commitments for the uplift of merged districts. Merger of defunct FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the greatest event of the history, he concluded.