Monthly Archives: July, 2014

First case of corruption – non transparency?

This is a developing story which will remain in focus. There is NO SERIOUS allegation as of now. Updates will be added here (My comments in RED)


May 28, 2014: TI exposes irregularities in KP power projects


April 13, 2014: Award of power sector contracts: TI Pakistan voices concern over violation of PPRA Act

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Achievements of KPK Govt (Official Presentation)

A detailed KPK Govt OFFICIAL published presentation listing out the various achievements of the KPK Govt since being elected into power. Our website (kpkprogress) highlights most of the news related to these achievements grouped into various categories.

  • Significant ones:
    • 57% public satisfaction (top of the list)
    • 25 new bills (RTI, RTS, Ehtesab Bill, etc.)
    • Police reforms (online FIR with statistics, Schools of Intelligence and Investigation)
    • Record Revenue Collection of 32 billion as compared to 11 billion in the last year
    • Change from most corrupt province in 2010 to no reported corruption in 2014 (Transparency International Pakistan)
    • Child School Enrolment program resulted in 300000 new enrolments
    • Education (IMU, Hiring of 16000 new teachers)
    • Infrastructure (Peshawar Mass Transit ground breaking expected in Dec 2014)
    • 900 Trafic Wardens trained to be on roads in September 2014
    • And others (Environment, Sports, Power, Tourism, …)
  • Available here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/234434087/KPK-Achievements
  • Alternate link to download: 234434087-KPK-Achievements

Results after dealing with corruption

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Computer operator uses new K-P RTI law to go after his ‘missing’ job

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s new law on the Right to Information is not just reserved for state secrets. As 28-year-old Sabahat Ghaznavi found out, it could help him get his job back.

Ghaznavi, who has dabbled in television journalism, had applied for a position as a computer operator at the Bureau of Agriculture Information in December 2013. After the test and interview for the grade 16 post, the merit list was displayed and his name was on it as a successful candidate. It was put up on the notice board at the department but was removed after a short while.

“It made me suspicious about the intentions of the department,” Ghaznavi said. “When I asked why the merit list had been removed, I was told that due to unknown circumstances the job offer has been cancelled and it would be re-advertised in February 2014.” (The job was, in fact, re-advertised in March 2014 in the daily Aaj newspaper.)

Instead of buying this story, Ghaznavi used the new K-P RTI law and went to its commission. He requested its help to give him access to the minutes of the test and interview and the merit list that was produced afterwards. After he was given these documents, he went to the Peshawar High Court and it ruled in his favour.

He joined work as a computer operator on June 25 this year. “I am relieved,” he said. “I got my right through the RTI law.”

Luckily for him the law was passed by the K-P Assembly on October 31, 2013. It aims to ensure transparency and access to information in the province. He says he would never have found out had it not been for the RTI law. It empowered him as a citizen to ask for the relevant documents and find out why his job was re-advertised without any reason.

If there was no RTI law he would not have been able to pursue the source of information. He now feels that RTI-like laws can provide “real stability” in a country and do away with all kinds of corruption and malpractice. “I am here because of the RTI law and I will always spread the word about it to inform other people about using it to beat corruption in society,” he resolved.

It seems that Ghaznavi’s is one of the handful of cases that are surfacing. According to the RTI Commission’s chief Major (retd) Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid, they have received 71 cases so far out of which 31 have been tackled and the rest are being heard. Each case has a 60-day deadline.

For years, government officials have jealously guarded the secrecy of official business but now the RTI law mandates access to information. It is just a matter of using it.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2014.

Police Assistance Line (PAL) Centers

KPK Minerals potential

Click here if video does not show up: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x218n4y_this-how-kp-going-to-explore-hidden-wealth-business-opportunities_news

source: http://www.kpknews.org/video-news/item/482-kp-business-opportunities.html

Rescue 1122 coming to Abbottabad, DI Khan, Swat

PESHAWAR (APP): The Khyber Pakthunkhwa Government has planned to extend emergency rescue services 1122 to three major districts of the province in current fiscal year to help people during mishaps and untoward situations.
The Rescue 1122 services would be establish in DI Khan, Abbottabad and Swat districts in current fiscal year as this project was reflected in Annual Development Program 2014-15.
Following successful services in Peshawar, the Govt wanted to extend this service to these districts for facilitation of general public.
Official told APP that reconstruction and rehabilitation of Disaster Affected Infrastructure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would also be focused.
In addition to establishment of DRM Strategic Management Unit in Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the Govt has planned to revamp PEOC and MIS section for PDMA.
The Govt has allocated Rs.2053 million for eight projects out of which four are ongoing with allocation of Rs.1408.541 million and four are new with allocation of Rs.644.459 million in ADP 2014-15 for relief and rehabilitation services.
He said the Govt was striving hard for development of safer communities through an effective system for management and prevention of emergencies and disasters. For this purpose, focus is being paid to development of a safer and resilient community through proactive approach towards emergencies and disaster management, community awareness and training of staff.
The provincial government\’s endeavors helped to effectively response to disasters by taking rehabilitation measures for development of a plausible roadmap to address pre- disaster measures such as mitigation, preparedness and response.
The relief and rehabilitation department had played a proactive role in the relief and rehabilitation operations during and post flood in 2010. The department\’s future initiatives have been incorporated in the new sector wherein it is intended to undertake multitude activities in the province.
These include establishment of ware houses, preparation of Monsoon contingency plan for district & tehsil and speedy recovery initiatives for disaster hit people etc.

source: http://thefrontierpost.com/article/183970

KPK schools data now available online

Punjab govt recently made its school data online but according to an independent report, KPK govt has provided more important details while it also needs to improve in other aspect. read full news here: http://www.taleemonline.org/khyber-pakhtunkhwa-province-has-now-online-data-about-schools/

Police School of Intelligence (first in the country for Police)

intelsource: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102314220&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20140712

Other related news: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-261230-KP-Police-launch-School-of-Intelligence-in-Abbottabad

KP govt launches Pakistan’s first ever ‘Mineral Policy 2014’

(watch video report here if it does not appear above)

ISLAMABAD: The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday announced Pakistan’s first ever ‘Mineral Policy 2014′.

Addressing the participants, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said that the main objective of the provincial government was to utilise all its resources for the human development adding that the purpose of the mineral policy was also to attract local and foreign investors in the mineral sector of the province.

“It is our prime target to activate the mineral sector to enhance and sustain its contribution to government revenues, foreign exchange earnings, employment creation, and the improvement of social and physical infrastructure,” the PTI chief said.

Khan said that the provincial government had already increased the budget of health and education sectors while the mineral policy will be a long term policy of the provincial government.

He claimed that the government was also determined to plant one billion trees within the next four years while the government will also utilise the money of timber mafia in plantation of trees in the province.

Earlier, KP Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak said that the province was endowed with vast mineral resources which included precious and base metals, non-metallic minerals and precious and semi–precious stones.

He said that the purpose of mineral policy to further develop the mineral industry of the KP by creating a business environment that would benefit the people of the province adding that “This policy intends to send a clear signal to both the national and foreign investment community that KP is open for business.”

Provincial Minister for Mineral Development, Ziaullah Afridi said that the ministry had already prepared a draft for the legislation regarding the minerals acts of 1948 while the draft will be present soon in the provincial assembly for the approval in this regard.

He said that the government will ensure that the mining operations will start in the province after the approval of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the geologists, the KP province is full of resources of metallic and non-metallic minerals including antimony, chromium, copper, gold, iron, lead, manganese, silver, barite, coal, dolomite, fluorite, gemstones, gypsum, limestone, magnetite, marble, granite, soapstone, salt and pyrite.

source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1117693

400 kw hydel power completed – Kalam gets electricity after 6 years

KALAM: The prayers of Kalam’s residents were finally answered after six years when a 400-kilowatt (KW) micro hydro power (MHP) project started generating electricity.

The power project was inaugurated by Malakand Division General Officer Commanding Major General Javed Bukhari on Saturday. Installed by Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) with funding from the European Union on August 29, 2013, the MHP will provide 1,000 lines in the tehsil which will cover the entire area, except Ashuran.

“I hope other organisations will also come forward and, with the support of the provincial and federal governments, tap the rich resources of the land,” said Major General Bukhari, adding that soon the entire tehsil will get electricity from its own water and will not have to rely on Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda).

Initially, a 200-KW MHP was established by the Pakhtunkhwa Hydel Development Organisation in 1984 which provided electricity to 500 domestic and commercial lines. In 2008, the project’s equipment was destroyed in militancy-related incidents. Later, its civil structure and transmission were washed away by the 2010 floods.

The MHP project in Kalam, along with the 1.2 MW MHP project in Ashuran, were then handed to SRSP for rebuilding. Since then, residents of Kalam have lived without electricity.

Talking to The Express Tribune, manager of Al-Khalij-al-Kalam Hotel, Mohammad Rom, said they used generators in their hotels which would cost around Rs150,000 every month for fuel. “But with the electricity from the MHP, we will only have to pay Rs30,000 per month.”

Residents of Kalam said they faced numerous problems due to lack of electricity. “Though we have a hospital here, we used to travel five hours to Mingora every time we needed to get any medical tests done because there was no electricity here,” said Maddar Khan, a local.

“At least now we will be able to get our x-rays and tests done from here. It will not only save our time, but money too,” he added.

Locals said in the age of science and technology, their children have been deprived of modern education and computer studies. “The rest of the world has gone beyond desktop computers, but our children do not even know what a computer is,” said another resident, Iqbal Khan, adding that he is hopeful modern technology will now be introduced in the area with the provision of electricity.

Kalam is the centre of tourism in Swat Valley. Both foreign and local tourists visit the tehsil, especially in summer, and stay in one of the more than 500 hotels present.

source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/732027/at-long-last-kalam-gets-electricity-after-six-years/

KPK Food Price Control

In an interview on July 3, 2014, CM Pervaiz Khattak answered questions related to the issue of price hike and KPK govts actions in controling it (watch at 35:14 in the following video). He also mentioned about online price control portal which is available at http://www.fpc.kp.gov.pk.

Use RTI – List of Public Information Officers

Any citizen can file a request for govt information. A list of public information officers is available at http://c-gpa.org/images/PDF_Files/RTI_Commission.pdf

Alternate link: RTI_Commission

Pervaiz Khattak in 8pm with Fareeha

He talks about IDPs, Assembly dissolving issue, Hospitals, Power projects, Price Control system

Link: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x20r4ak_8pm-with-fareeha-3rd-july-2014_news

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KPK govt advertises to build Power Plants for Industrial Estates

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List of Hydropower Projects in KPK

  • Atif Khan gets additional portfolio of energy and power
  • It was with Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Sikandar Hayat Sherpao.
  • Vacant since November 13, 2013 when PTI sacked QWP on corruption charges
  • According to budget documents, Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (PEDO) is operating four hydropower projects in Malakand, Swabi and Chitral districts with an installed capacity of 105 megawatts. The documents say that besides a reduction in power outages, these power stations are generating about Rs2 billion for the provincial kitty.
  • New PEDO Projects (to be completed soon):
    • 17-megawatt (MW) Ranolia hydropower project in Kohistan (in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank) to be completed by December 2014
    • 2.6 MW Machai project in Mardan (to be completed by August 2014)
  • Feasibility Studies and approved Project Cycle (PC-I):
    • Jabori (10MW) in Mansehra
    • Karora (11MW) in Shangla
    • Koto (40.8MW) in Lower Dir
  • Long term (action plan 2012-22):
    • PEDO has started work on six other hydel projects with an installed capacity of 250.8MW.
    • PC-II was approved for 13 sites with a capacity of 1322MW which is now increaed to 15 sites and potential of 1911MW. Status of their feasibility studies is as follows:
      • completed=6
      • by June 2014=5
      • by December 2014=4

source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/729278/additional-responsibilities-education-minister-atif-khan-assigned-energy-portfolio/

356 micro-hydel projects across KPK

CM Pervaiz Khattak telling about these projects (at location 33:40)
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x20r6te_8pm-with-fareeha-pervez-khattak-exclusive-3rd-july-2014_news&start=2020

PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has approved the construction of 356 micro hydel stations with a power generation capacity of 35 megawatts (MW) with the help of non-government organisations (NGOs) in various parts of the province.

Work on various ongoing energy projects of oil, gas, thermal and hydel has begun through the utilisation of provincial-based natural resources, in a bid to make K-P a energy hub.

Various committees have been constituted for energy expertise to remove hurdles blocking various on-going energy projects in the province.

These decisions were taken by the Board of Directors for Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) during its second meeting which was held under the chairmanship of Tariq Iqbal Khan.

During the meeting, the organisation’s secretary gave a detailed presentation to the board members regarding the work pace and problems faced during the implementation of the projects.

He added that in keeping with the vision of change of the current provincial government, it has been decided to construct 356 community-based micro hydel stations through NGOs with the total cost of Rs4.7 billion from Hydel Development Funds (HDF).

These mini stations will be constructed in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram, Tor Ghar, Kohistan, Malakand, Buner, Swat, Shangla, Dir (Upper/Lower) and Chitral having total capacity of 35MW and so far six local NGOs have shown interest to develop these projects.

The board has given approval to start work on the large capacity of hydropower projects in the province although seven projects will be advertised in order to develop these in the private sector.

Khan said that K-P is blessed with abundant natural resources for oil and gas, thermal and hydel generation which should be utilised for curbing the current energy crisis in the country.

He further stressed to boost the work pace on the ongoing energy projects and planned to complete them within the stipulated time period.

source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/729806/go-ahead-k-p-approves-construction-of-356-micro-hydel-stations/

Mastermind of Peshawar Airport attack arrested

Go-ahead: K-P approves construction of 356 micro hydel stations

356 Micro Hydro Power Project Promise

PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has approved the construction of 356 micro hydel stations with a power generation capacity of 35 megawatts (MW) with the help of non-government organisations (NGOs) in various parts of the province.

Work on various ongoing energy projects of oil, gas, thermal and hydel has begun through the utilisation of provincial-based natural resources, in a bid to make K-P a energy hub.

Various committees have been constituted for energy expertise to remove hurdles blocking various on-going energy projects in the province.

These decisions were taken by the Board of Directors for Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) during its second meeting which was held under the chairmanship of Tariq Iqbal Khan.

During the meeting, the organisation’s secretary gave a detailed presentation to the board members regarding the work pace and problems faced during the implementation of the projects.

He added that in keeping with the vision of change of the current provincial government, it has been decided to construct 356 community-based micro hydel stations through NGOs with the total cost of Rs4.7 billion from Hydel Development Funds (HDF).

These mini stations will be constructed in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram, Tor Ghar, Kohistan, Malakand, Buner, Swat, Shangla, Dir (Upper/Lower) and Chitral having total capacity of 35MW and so far six local NGOs have shown interest to develop these projects.

The board has given approval to start work on the large capacity of hydropower projects in the province although seven projects will be advertised in order to develop these in the private sector.

Khan said that K-P is blessed with abundant natural resources for oil and gas, thermal and hydel generation which should be utilised for curbing the current energy crisis in the country.

He further stressed to boost the work pace on the ongoing energy projects and planned to complete them within the stipulated time period.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2014.

Bad State of Govt Hospital in Bannu

KPK plans 17 hydel power projects this fiscal

  • KPK govt has planned to launch 17 new hydel power projects during financial year 2014-15
  • 300MW Balakot hydel power project in Mansehra
  • 14MW Ghorband hydel power project in Shangla
  • 84MW Matiltan Gorkin hydel power project in Swat
  • 10MW Nandihar hydro power project in Battagram
  • 51MW Mujigaram Shaghore hydro power project in Chitral
  • 69MW Lawi energy project in Chitral was likely to get underway in near future.
  • 52MW Istaro Booni hydel power project
  • 79MW Arkari Gol hydel power project in Chitral (government has planned to begin work in 2014-15)
  • source: www.dawn.com/news/1116209/kp-plans-17-hydel-power-projects-this-fiscal