Monthly Archives: November, 2014

Three hydel projects (56 MW) to be completed by 2015

 PESHAWARThree hydropower projects having generation capacity of 56MW will be completed next year under the provincial government’s energy action plan. Due to these hydel stations not only the energy crisis in Pakistan will be controlled to some extent but also these stations improve financial position of the public exchequer.
This was stated by the PEDO’s Board chairman Tariq Iqbal, while chairing the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (PEDO) 4th board of directors meeting. During the meeting the board was informed about the progress of work on ongoing energy projects in the province. It was also informed that three hydropower projects namely Daral Khwar HPP, Swat of 36MW, Ranolia HPP, Kohistan of 17MW & Machai HPP, Mardan pf 2.6 MW will be completed in next year and start generation collectively 56MW.

The board showed its satisfaction over the pace of work on various energy projects and stated that in the next year the construction work will be stated on Matiltan HPP 84MW, Lawi HPP 69MW, Karora & Jabori HPPs. During the meeting the PEDO board took various decisions regarding the newly administrative set up of department and scrutinised the applications received from various candidates who applied for the position of Executive PEDO chief. Board also approved the terms of references for the newly created vacancies of general manager thermal, HR & legal experts to be hired soon.


What PTI has done in 17 months (must watch)

This video was published in November 2014 which shows the achievements of PTI govt in KPK in Health, Education, Anti Corruption, Police, CM Complaint Cell, Patwari culture. Future posts on this blog will give updates on the actual implementation of services to be offered as highlighted in this video (Police SMS, Hospital Biometric, IMUs for Hospital, etc.)

Get useful KP news through SMS (official)

DG Ehtisab Commission appointed

PESHAWAR: Lt-General (r) Hamid Khan, the newly appointed director general of the Ehtesab Commission, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has said that he would discharge his duty without fear and favour to make accountable those involved in corruption and misuse of powers.

When approached by The News on Wednesday soon after the notification of his appointment as the head of the recently created provincial Ehtesab Commission was issued, he said the search committee appointed by the government had approached him and offered him the job. “Mine isn’t a political appointment. I am a non-political person and am taking up this appointment in the larger public interest,” he pointed out. He added that he would ensure that the Ehtesab Commission carried out across-the-board accountability.

Lt-Gen (r) Hamid Khan served as Corps Commander Peshawar from 2005-2007 and led the military operations against the militants in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Earlier in his military career, he had served as general officer commanding, Kohat. He also remained the president of the National Defence University, Islamabad.

He didn’t take up any formal job after retirement from the Pakistan Army in 2009 and preferred living on his farmhouse in Charsadda district looking after his agricultural fields. He also supervised the working of a school being run by his family for the under-privileged students of the area.

Some months ago, he was made the head of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, in an honorary capacity. He began taking keen interest in this job to look after the needs of the internally displaced persons and other needy people.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had promised to set up an independent Ehtesab Commission in the province as it had accused the federal government of being selective in carrying out accountability. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had said on numerous occasions that their Ehtesab Commission would be so powerful that it could even make him accountable.

The provincial government had set up a search committee to propose the names of credible people to become members of the Ehtesab Commission and also for the office of its director general. Among others, the search committee had former Inspector General of Police Mohammad Abbas Khan, former chief secretary Ejaz Qureshi and former Peshawar High Court judge Sher Mohammad Khan as members.

The search committee recommended appointment of former Peshawar High Court judge Hamid Farooq Durrani as head of the Ehtesab Commission and four others as its members. They are supposed to make policies of the Ehtesab Commission while the task of the day-to-day running of the commission would be handled by its director general, Lt-Gen (r) Hamid Khan.

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New contractor takes reins of Mufti Mahmood flyover

PESHAWAR: The government has handed a fresh contract worth Rs53.5 million to Messrs Karkun Construction Company via an open tender for the stalled Mufti Mahmood flyover, now scheduled to be completed by February 2015.

While construction has already begun, the bridge connecting Peshawar Central Jail and Bacha Khan Chowk remains far from complete. The project was initiated by Messrs Skyways Construction Company in 2011 with an estimated cost of Rs1.8 billion.

However, with several government-set deadlines passing by, the project still remains in the pipeline.

Talking to The Express Tribune, personal secretary to the minister for local government Muhammad Iqbal said Messrs Skyways’ tender has been suspended over their failure to meet deadlines.

K-P government issued another tender on October 23 and awarded a new contract to Messrs Karkun.

Iqbal added funds will be issued to the new contractor in view of its performance.

“Messrs Karkun will complete the remaining work within four months,” claimed Iqbal, adding that the project will solve traffic problems substantially.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2014.

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Police Complaint through SMS and Redreassal in 24 hours

News Video :

PESHAWAR: If you have any complaint against police in any district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding registration of a genuine case, you do not need to write application and go through security barriers for submitting it to the police.

“You just need to send a short text message to the central police office and will get a response within 24 hours,” Sajjad Khan, chief of the police complaint cell, told Dawn during a visit to the cell here on Monday.

He said the initiative had been taken by inspector general of police Nasir Khan Durrani, who would monitor the facility to benefit the complainants, who had no access to the police and faced hardships in lodging their reports.

Read: Online FIR registration procedure announced

According to him, the complaint cell, which is to be formally inaugurated soon, has been established in the central police office, where anyone could send complaints through SMS to be automatically transferred to the computer for print for further action.

Sajjad said the complaint would be forwarded to the relevant district police officer with special directives of the IGP to respond to it within 24 hours otherwise the red light in the complaint cell would continue blinking until the cell didn’t get the response.

He said in the genuine cases, FIRs would be registered without hesitation by the officials concerned to ensure dispensation of speedy justice to the people.

The complaint cell’s chief said police had developed the system to receive public complaints through SMS and to make early coordinated efforts for solution of the issues within the shortest possible time.

He said the service would facilitate the general public to lodge complaints against the police officials and that complaint would be addressed in 24 hours.

Sajjad said a special number i.e. 0315-9007777 had been allocated for the SMS service, which would become functional very soon.

He said besides short message service, the complaints would also be received through different means like fax, telephone, manually, through email and post offices.

The complaint cell’s chief said awareness of the facility would be created to address the people’s problems.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the police Riaz Ahmad said all additional IGPs, DIGs, DPOs and SDPOs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been given special official cellphone numbers to bring more improvement in close contact with the general public, ensure coordinated efforts against crimes and in-time action to address public complaints.

He said these official mobile numbers in serial had been allocated for the above designated posts.

“In case of transfer of any police officer deployed to designated posts, the mobile number will be automatically transferred to the newly incumbent officer. The special numbers will remain open round the clock to remove the communication gap between the police and the public,” he said.

The spokesman said the step had been taken to effectively bridge the gap between the public and the police to address their complaints and launch coordinated efforts to preempt and prevent crimes.

The official expressed the hope that the step would go a long way in ensuring peace and security in the society.

He said the numbers would be used exclusively for official purpose.

The official said the provincial police had taken a number of steps for better coordination between the public and the police to resolve public complaints and establish a crime-free society.

He said the complaint management cell was in addition to the facility of online FIRs and police assistance line to address public grievances.


First case referred to Ehtisab Commission

Contractors delegation meets CM, corruption case of consultant referred to EC

Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while taking strong exception of the ineligibility and irregularities of certain consultants in wake of the momentum of developmental process in the province has directed for high level departmental inquiry against the concerned responsible authorities for appointment of wrong consultants not fulfilling the required criteria. Similarly he on receiving proof of irregularity of a consultant in a project in Bannu immediately reffered the case to Ehtesab Commission (EC) that would be the first case to this newly established commission. It was revealed in a meeting of the delegation of contractor community with the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak at CM Secretariat Peshawar.
The delegation was led by Malak Riaz Khan MPA who besides apprising him of their problems and demands welcomed the policy of consultants to keep a double check on use of developmental funds and quality completion of schemes. Besides secretary planning & development department the administrative secretaries and authorities of construction related departments were also present on this occasion.
The contractor community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa appreciated the policy of PTI-led govt especially the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak for uprooting the menace of corruption and commission in tenders and contracts of developmental schemes by terming it historical and revolutionary step of the present govt and announced their full support in its implementation.
Pervez Khattak while lauding the spirit of cooperation of the contractor community assured that the transparent policies and laws introduced by his govt would tantamount to elimination of corruption, nepotism and inefficiency on one side but would ensure the benefits and prosperity of all walks of life including the contractor community on the other.
He said that corruption always weakened the very foundation of a state or nation while its 100% abolition led to 100% development of the people that he said was ultimate goal of the present provincial govt. He said that consultants policy would also stop the trending use of sub-standard material in developmental projects including buildings and bridges besides putting a halt on corruption and embezzlement of huge public money.
The Chief Minister while assuring proper resolution of the problems and demands of the contractor community directed for setting up a committee headed by secretary P&D department and comprising members from both sides of govt and contractor community. He directed for considering all the genuine problems of the contractors through the proposed committee.