KP Cabinet oks 7 special children courts
Regularization services of 9618 SPOs approved
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in chair here Tuesday approved setting up of seven special children courts and regularization of services of 9,618 special police officers (SPOs).
Briefing newsmen about cabinet decision, Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai said the services of all those SPOs who served on contract or fixed pay under Regularization of Services Act 2019 till August 2019, would be regularized.
He said KP Govt had already given extension in services of SPOs from January 2020 to June 30, 2020, therefore, a total of 9618 SPOs would be regularized from July 1, 2020 that would cost Rs2726.393 million to the provincial kitty.
The Information Minister said the cabinet also approved establishment of seven child courts for speedy trial of children related cases. For this purpose, new vacancies for seven Additional District and Sessions Judge (AD&SJ BS 20) were approved that would cost additional Rs50 million.
The Cabinet also approved up-gradation of status of judicial lockups at Tank, Swabi, Nowshera and Malakand as sub jail besides a new judicial lockup for Bisham Shangla to be look after by the prison department. The appointment of District and Sessions Judge, Rajab Ali as anti-terrorism court judge Buner has been approved besides a district scrutiny and clearance committee led by the respective Deputy Commissioners of the merged districts.
Representation has been given to heads of concerned departments, additional deputy commissioners and officers of law enforcement agencies not less than the post of Lt Colonel and elected senators, MNAs and MPAs would also be invited in the committee meeting for speedy development of merged areas.
He said development process in 20 sectors have been started in merged areas under phase-I of the mega Accelerated Implementation Program with annual development outlay of Rs 59 billion for three years and for this purpose Rs 29 billion were already released after approval of 78 different schemes.
The cabinet also approved integrated water resource management strategy for effective management of water resources for agriculture and humans consumption. Under this strategy, water council and water commission would be set up under the supervision of Chief Minister and Additional Chief Secretary respectively.
The cabinet also approved extension in reconstruction project started for permanent settlement of the temporarily displaced people of the merged areas up to June 30, 2021 to complete all the communication, roads, education, laboratories and medical centers projects on time.
The Minister said International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) has showed willingness to make investment in projects related to alleviation of poverty and improvement in socio-economic lives of people in rural areas and for this purpose Rural Economic Transformation Project (REPT) has been prepared on which USD 100 million would be spent including provision of USD 50 million by IFAD in KP.
The cabinet also approved cancellation of KP Delimitation Local Council Act 2015, the Minister said, adding duties of delimitations of constituencies were handed over to Election Commission of Pakistan by Federal Government under Election Act 2017 in light of the orders of Supreme Court. Therefore, Local Council Act 2015 was found ineffective. - APP