The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in partnership with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) arranged a week-long consultative workshop for the newly merged tribal districts of the erstwhile Fata.

More than 30 government departments, civil societies and social leaders participated in the workshop which has been concluded on Thursday in Peshawar, and contemplated the ten year’s development plan for the tribal districts so as to prepare a future road map for the merged areas.

KP’s Provincial Minister for Finance Taimur Saleem Jhagra was chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the workshop. While addressing the participants, Jhagra said that Fata’s merger is a challenge and both federal and provincial institutes will jointly work to face the challenge. He appreciated the proposals presented by participants in the workshop and termed them its effective process for the newly merged districts.

The finance minister added the tribal people faced terrorism courageously, now it is the right time to compensate their deprivation through development schemes. He said this consultation workshop would pinpoint the targets necessary for the welfare of people of these new districts.

High ranking officers often departments discussed their ten years plans for tribal districts on the concluding day of consultation workshop including Information and Public Relations Department, Finance, Planning & Development, Excise and Taxation, Home, Police, Judiciary, Revenue, C&W and Law departments.

The authorities of Information and Public Relations Department while highlighting the short, mid and long term strategies for the newly merged districts said that the department had done planning for the provision of information to the new districts.

The officials said that for the first time, the department is providing information to the people of tribal areas. The radio stations of the Information Department were telecasting different programs for the education and cognizant of dwellers of these new districts.

More radio stations would be established in these districts under the ten years development plan of the department, the workshop was told. Training of journalists, the establishment of Press Briefing rooms and an effective system for in time provision of information to the people of merged areas were included in the ten years plan of Information Department.