PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Cabinet on Tuesday approved Rs2mn compensation for each victim family of Kocha Risaldar suicide attack. The cabinet has also approved Rs0.5m and Rs0.2m for serious and minor injuries respectively.
The meeting – chaired by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan – also directed that the compensation cheques must be prepared within three days for their onward disbursement among the victim families. Besides cabinet members, the cabinet meeting was also attended by KP Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue and Administrative Secretaries of various Government Departments.
Special Assistant to CM on Information Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif while briefing media said that the cabinet also approved providing compensation of Rs1 million each to the heirs of six victims of land slid in Alpuri district Shangla recently.
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Saif added the Provincial Cabinet also approved a sum of Rs.35.1575 million as compensation to the affectees of Lal Qilla, Dir Lower who couldn’t cultivate maize crops in the wake of security reasons, informed Barrister. He further said that the cabinet approved a compensation of Rs1 million each to those persons who died during bombardment in district Khyber in light of the Peshawar High Court judgment
The Chief Minister, Saif said, has also directed for amendments in the Relief Act to enhance the existing ratio of various compensations. He further said that the Chief Minister directed the Ministers to ensure their attendance in the Provincial Assembly meetings regularly as important legislations are being made there. Similarly, the cabinet committees constituted for various matters were also directed to submit their reports during the next meeting of the cabinet. The CM, he further informed, has directed for the inclusion of bone marrow treatment in the Sehat Card.
The cabinet, Barrister Saif said, also decided that action would be initiated against those government employees who move courts against Inter-Departmental issues viz-a-viz state land as allotment of state land to the departments is the sole prerogative of the provincial government.
The SACM further informed that the cabinet directed the Administrative Departments to complete their rules under the approved Acts immediately. The cabinet, he said, also conditionally approved the transfer of 1200 kanal land to ST & IT Department for the establishment of Special Technology Zone in Mardan. Similarly, the cabinet approved transferring a land measuring 25 kanal, which is owned by the Food Department for Godown, in Haji Camp Peshawar to the ST & IT Department for setting up Gandahara Digital Complex there.
Muhammad Ali Saif further said that the cabinet approved extension in the contract work of setting up a public park in Hazar Khwani, to the south of Ring Road to provide recreational facilities to the public. An additional land measuring 24 kanal was added in the Park that prompted the extension in contract to complete it. The Chief Minister, he said, has directed for completion of the one of the biggest Public Park during the current financial year.
The SACM further said that the cabinet approved declaring ‘Koh-e-Suleman’ of Dera Ismail Khan as conservancy area to provide protection to wildlife. This conservancy area, he said, spreads over 58000 hectares and will ensure the protection of wildlife like markhor, cheetah, fox, bears, jackals, snakes, hawks, eagle, owl etc.
Similarly, the cabinet approved procuring 1.2 metric tons wheat during the year 2022-23, informed the SACM.