PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Eng. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra while conceding to the genuine causes of delay on part of certain tribal families to go back to their native places has desired that efforts should be continued vigorously for rehabilitation and development of the infrastructure facilities across FATA.
He was talking during a briefing on progress of repatriation and rehabilitation of TDPs from FATA at Governor's House here on Thursday.
Harsh weather conditions coupled with sectarian issues oriented excuses in certain areas have been noted as the major cause of delay in repatriation of the remaining 18 percent affected families hailing from respective areas, the Governor was informed.
In all 336,042 TDP families, it was further told, 276,494 tribal families have already been repatriated to their native places. The remaining 59,548 TDP families also include those who are camped across the border in Afghanistan, it was added. Those families living intentially as TDPs would be de-registered just at a notice of four week time and the public would be informed through media means in this respect", it was decided on this occasion.
The Governor while noting the continuity of the problem has also stressed to expedite efforts to getting the foreign commitments materialized and ensure release of arrears within the shortest possible time.
Noting the genuine difficulties in delay of certain TDP families' repatriation, the Governor said that steps are already underway at the proper level to bring back those families who had shifted across the border some time back. However, he said, no efforts should be spared to ensure efficient rehabilitation of infrastructure facilities and to eliminate the chances of any sort of excuses.
The meeting besides the Additional Chief Secretary, Director General Projects FATA and the Director General FATA Disaster Management Authority was also attended by the representatives of Pak Army.
Development programmes in FATA: The European Union, United Kingdom, Japan and USAID are collectively contributing annually an amount of $25 million for development programmes to be carried out in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).
The FATA Secretariat issued a statement on Thursday stated that these programmes will continue till December this year in order to complete the ongoing works and it would be extended for another one year in FATA.
These programmes included schemes relating to imparting technical training to youth of FATA in order to make them efficient and able enough to lead an educated and peaceful life.
The job opportunities which have been provided to the youth of FATA had not only upgraded their valves of life but also of their family members and locals living with them side by side. The Foreign funded developmental programme also includes the supply of clean drinking water to different regions of FATA where the facility of clean drinking water was not available from years. The provision of electricity through solar panels and minimizing the dependency on electricity were also the main stream jobs of the Foreign Funded Programmes.
The Statement further stated that all these schemes would be completed on time to give relief and facilitate the people of FATA who have suffered a lot due to extreme situation in their areas from last few years.
The International stood side by side with the people of FATA in this time of need and the whole nation of Pakistan respect the nations who had helped the war hit region.