Author Archive: Mudassar

KPK Universities Model Statutes Prepared

Model Statutes of all KPK public sector universities are published for review. The approval of these statutes will improve the functioning of universities to a great extent because in the absence of any statutes (specially of newly established universites) employes suffer alot.

Download Draft Statutes from here: KPK Universities Model-Statues-2016

Read a previous post “Uniform Statutes for KP varsities being prepared” for news details

KPK Police Jaguars – Commando force ready

A commando unit on the pattern of Pakistan Army’s Zarar Company, US navy seals, was raised in April 2014. It was named Special Combat Unit (SCU) which is now nicked as KPK Police Jaguars. Trained by Pakistan Army and Navy commandos, Jaguars are ready…

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Free Health for 32% poor KPK citizens

Free health facility in public or private hospitals for 32% poor and deserving population ( 81 lac people). First time in Pakistan, but only in KPK.

Govt cost= 1.8 billion only

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PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has approved extension of the Sehat Sahulat Programme to the whole province from the next financial year to provide free quality health care facilities to poorest strata of the society.

The decision was taken at a meeting in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Wednesday, said a handout. Secretary Health Abid Majid informed the meeting that the proposed programme costing Rs1.82 billion would provide free health care services to 32 percent of the poorest population, around 1,166,388 households of the province which constitute 81,00,000 individuals.

He elaborated that under the programme to be financed by the government from its own resources, health facilities would be extended to the needy patients through insurance corporations at empanelled public and private hospitals.  The secretary explained that deserving patients would be registered according to the poverty index criteria set by the Benazir Income Support Programme.

Similarly, he said that Rs25,000 would be incurred on the treatment of each deserving patient while the whole poor family would be provided Rs175,000 per year for the purpose. He said that registered patients would have the choice  to select either public or private hospital for treatment.  He elaborated that the health-care programme, besides reducing expenditures of the poor population and generation of additional income for the public sector hospitals would also provide incentives for health staff.

The steps, he said, would increase access of the poorest population to quality health care, improve health status of the target of population and help reduce poverty.  The programme has been implemented in four districts of the province, including, Mardan, Kohat, Malakand and Chitral with the financial assistance of KFW and the provincial government.

The beneficiaries of existing programme are 21 percent poorest households are being facilitated under the programme. Similarly, 100,000 households including 700,000 individuals are provide health care services through State Life Insurance Corporation.

source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/109262-KP-CM-okays-extension-of-Sehat-Sahulat-Programme

Sports Complex Charsada Completed

PTI Govt gets services of Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman to establish Foreign Universities Campuses

Dr Nasser Ali Khan vc Haripur university signing MOU With a Recter of Universty if Applied Sciences GRAZ (JOANNEUM) ÁUSTRIA ON 28/1/2016

DR NASSER ALI KHAN VC Haripur signing MOU with Prof Dr Andeas Altmann Rwctor of MCI Universty of Innsbru k Austria in Jan 27th 2016. The ceremony was witnessed by Prof Dr Attaur Rehman and Prof Dr Tjoa A Min. Secretary HED and Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani were also present.

 

Briefing on th efisibility study regarding education city in kpk in Glasgow University Scotland on 22/1/2016

 

For program details, read recent article by Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman on 22nd January 2016:
A visionary initiative

KPK Traffic Police – Short Documentary on Traffic Wardens

Link to video: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3azenw_documentary-on-kpk-traffic-police_travel

New Salary Structure for KPK Teaching Hospitals

Employess will have to become Institutional Employees which means that they will come directly under that hospital (not directly under provincial government). This means that the political interference will decrease and they will be more answerable to the hospital management (i.e. Board of Directors).

Revised Salary Structure highlights:

  1. Fresh Doctor called Trainee Doctor (Grade 17): Salary increased from Rs. 65000 -> Rs. 120,000
  2. Seniro Medical Officier / Senior Registrar (Grade 18): Salary increased from Rs.65,150 -> Rs. 200,000
  3. Associate Professor (Grade 19): Salary increased from Rs. 88,000 -> Rs. 250,000
  4. Chief Medical Officier (Grade 20): Salary increased from Rs. 105,000 -> Rs. 300,000
  5. Professor (Grade 21): Salary increased from Rs. 118,000 -> Rs. 350,000

150 KW Mircro Hydro Power Project Completed in Rashang, Battagram

356 Micro Hydro Power Project Promise

KP government funded 150 kW Micro Hydro Power Project completed and tested successfully. It will cater Union Council Rashang, Battagram. Approximately 350 households will enjoy the light.

Video Link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153322510594527&permPage=1

First Time in History: KPK govt opens up government guest houses for the public through Tourism Department

The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) has taken another initiative to bring some change in the province, in order to deliver the public. For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the government of KPK has opened the government guest houses for the public. Tourism Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has published advertisements in leading newspapers of Pakistan. With the tagline, “Public Money For Public Services”, the Tourism Department of the province has announce to give government owned guests houses on rent to the general public.

While addressing the event organized by Tourism Department KPK, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the provincial government has spent 4 Lac rupees on 13 government guest houses and already have earned 40 Lac rupees after commercialization. He said that other remaining guest houses will be also commercialized soon and earned money would be spend on public welfare programs. Imran Khan said that the budget of CM House KPK is lowest as compared to other provinces. He also added that things would not become better unless public money would be spent on public welfare.

For bookings of government guest houses in KPK and other details:

  • Call on “92-91-9211091”, “92-331-9621213”, “92-310-0991718” or “92-341-4814756
  • Online bookings : www.tckpbookings.com

source: http://www.awamiweb.com/khyber-pakhtunkhwa-guest-houses-now-open-for-public-80948.html

First of its Kind – KP Govt Launched Smartphone App (Android) for Citizens to register complaints on the spot

Download App from : http://smart.kp.gov.pk or from Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.citizenportal

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday unveiled a dedicated web portal for citizens to know about the performance of all tiers of the government through the use of information technology.

The web portal has been prepared by the performance management cell (PMC) at the chief secretary’s office in collaboration with the Directorate of Science and Information Technology.

Briefing mediapersons at the Civil Secretariat, chief secretary’s personal staff officer Farrukh Atiq and deputy coordinator (technical) reforms implementation cell Dr Altamash Janjua said that that PMC would manage the web portal entailing information about the performance of the district governments and provincial departments, polio eradication efforts and law and order situation. It would also facilitate online file tracking system, monitoring of annual development programme, deputy commissioner e-office and GIS-based analysis of social services delivery in the province besides carrying reports of the independent monitoring unit about the health and education departments.

Mr Atiq said that the new system would help in effective service delivery to citizens, promote accountability and transparency in government functioning, support better governance through e-governance and ensure a culture of quantified performance management for government employees.


Officials say step to lead to greater transparency in govt affairs


He said that the system was aimed at making information about the work of government functionaries accessible to public. He said that the government was also sending teams to the districts off and on to substantiate the data uploaded to the service by the DC offices across the province and even some officials had been panelized on the basis of such data.

He said that the initiative would help foster a digital culture that would lead to greater transparency in government affairs. He said that the system would be formally launched by the chief minister soon.

Dr Altamash Janjua said that they were also introducing a smart phone application, which was available for download at the citizen portal. He said that through this App, people could submit complaints supported by the video, pictorial and audio evidence of any issue related to the government affairs. He said that in case the DC office did not take that complaint into account it would automatically reach the commissioner’s office. (source: Dawn, October 15th , 2015)

smart1 smart2 smart3 smart4source: http://smart.kp.gov.pk

KPK Right to Information Web Portal Launched

Anyone can now request for information using a simple online web form available at the RTI web portal. This is another great and unique service offered by KP Govt.

rti portalLink: http://kp.gov.pk/kp_rti/

Note: Portal only supports Peshawar Dist. in the pilot phase

Traffic warden police equipped with body mounted cameras

PESHAWAR: The newly established Traffic Warden Police, Peshawar has taken another leap towards modernization by equipping its personnel with the body mounted cameras.

These cameras are equipped with both voice and video recording, says a police spokesman in a statement here on Wednesday.

The traffic staff has been directed to switch on the camera each time he proceeds to stop a vehicle for imposing fine. All the proceedings from stopping a vehicle till issuing a fine ticket to the driver would be recorded in real time in the camera memory.

In this techno-savvy age of the smart phones where almost anyone can record live events in real time, the question of imposing illegal fine and misbehavior on the part of on-duty traffic police staff has come under intense scrutiny.

Since the camera is an unbiased witness, it will provide substantial evidence of the sequence and happenings of the incident which would in turn help the supervisory officers as well as the courts to unearth the truth, establish true facts and make decisions on merit.

Secondly, these cameras would have a deterrent effect on the public as well as the traffic staff by holding both of them accountable. These cameras would help in neutralizing the defiant attitudes of the public
and criminal orientations of suspects. Further, the dread of being caught red-handed would have a remedial effect on the behavior and demeanor of the traffic staff.

Therefore, it is anticipated that the cumulative effect of these body-worn cameras would lead to a drastic drop in complaints of misbehavior, seeking gratification and imposing illegal fine.

This is another initiative of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police which is in line with the best international practices. The law enforcement agencies of almost all the countries of the developed world are equipped with body mounted cameras. The KP police is the first police force in Pakistan to take this initiative.

This project will be implemented in three phases. In the first phase the traffic police of Peshawar has been provided these body-worn cameras.

In the second and third phases the traffic police of remaining districts and the local police respectively would be equipped with the modern cameras. – APP

source: http://www.samaa.tv/pakistan/2015/10/traffic-warden-police-equipped-with-body-mounted-cameras/

watch embedded video below

 

Nearly 5,000 cops punished in KP during past two years: report

PESHAWAR: An unprecedented number of police officials of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police have been awarded punishments on multifarious grounds since October 2013, a document obtained by DawnNews reveals.

It is the first time in Pakistani history that senior level-officers including Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) and acting Superintendents of Police (SPs) have been removed from service on account of misconduct.

Between October 2013 and September 2015, 4,934 police officials have been either removed from service or awarded other punishments on disciplinary grounds, the document shows.

The policemen include 15 DSPs and acting SPs, 44 Inspectors, 328 Sub-Inspectors, 321 Assistant Sub-Inspectors, 385 Head Constables and 3,842 Constables.

Of these officials, 10 DSPs and acting SPs, four Inspectors, 42 SIs, 34 ASIs, 51 HCs and 446 Constables have been removed from service.

All these punishments have been awarded after following due procedure of law.

Whenever a complaint against a police official is brought to the attention of the Inspector General Police (IGP), it is forwarded to three different agencies for verification and subject to an initial fact-finding inquiry.

This procedure is to be completed within 24 hours. If the official is found guilty in the initial inquiry, he is suspended and the initiation of departmental disciplinary proceedings are ordered under the KP Police Efficiency and Discipline Rules.

On completion of these proceedings, the delinquent official, if found guilty, is awarded appropriate punishment in line with the recommendation of the inquiry officer.

According to the KP police spokesman Riaz Khan, the effective internal accountability mechanism is a pre-requisite of bridging the ever-increasing gap between the public and police.

KP’s IGP Nasir Khan Durrani has developed an organised Police Access System to address public complaints within the shortest possible time. He also introduced the I-call system, establishing a round-the-clock direct link between himself and the public.

IGP Durrani with a subordinate- Photo by author

“Through the efforts of IGP Durrani, the KP Police Efficiency and Discipline rules were amended in 2014, resultantly empowering supervisory officers to initiate disciplinary proceedings against their subordinates and award them punishments,” Riaz Khan said.

“This was believed essential for effective and efficacious supervision. Prior to the amendments, a District Police Officer (DPO) was unable to punish officers above the rank of SI.”

Similarly, a Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) had no powers to punish officers of any rank. It rendered SDPOs ineffective while DPOs were reluctant to post Inspectors as SHOs.

Likewise, the Regional Police Officer (RPO) had no means to discipline SDPOs as the power to punish rested with the IGP.

A special appellate board has also been incorporated through these amendments for redressal of grievances of the police officials in a professional, transparent and judicious manner.

“The special appellate board consisting of the IGP and senior officers of the rank Additional IGP and DIG provides an opportunity of second appeal,” the KP police spokesman said.

Owing to the constitution of this board, the high courts have also taken exception towards deciding any appeal in favour of applicants, Riaz Khan said.

Energy Projects in KPK – Video showing on-ground work (click on tags below for details)

Updated: Status Report of Energy and Power Sector Reforms (completion dates)

Source (Reforms Implementation Cell – check for updates): http://khyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk/khyberpk/page.php?pageID=653&deptID=321

The provincial government is focusing on Hydel generation, developing viable alternative energy sources, establishment of oil refinery through PPP, developing community driven micro Hydel projects and energy conservation awareness programs.

Policy Priorities

  • Focus on Hydel Power generation through Short, Medium and Long term interventions
  • Exploration & Exploitation of Oil & Gas Potential
  • Efficient utilization of Net Hydel Profits
  • Emphasis on development of viable alternative energy sources
  • Establishment of an Oil Refinery through PPP
  • Development of Community Driven Micro -Hydel Projects
  • Energy Conservation

Projects:

  • 55 MW electricity will be generated till Dec, 2015.
  • 61MW electricity will be generated till Dec, 2018.
  • 153 MW electricity will be generated till Dec, 2019.

Machai Hydel Power Project with production capacity of 2.6 MW Mardan:

  • Will be completed by end of June,2015.

Ranolia Hydel Power Project with production capacity 17 MW Kohitsan:

  • Will be completed by end of June,2015

Daral Khwar 36 MW Swat:

  • Will be completed by end of December 2015.

Lawi 69 MW Chitral and Matiltan 84 MW Swat

  • Technical bids (both HPPs) opened on 5th February, 2015.
  • Financial bids will be opened by end of April,2015.

Koto 31 MW Dir Lower, Jabori 7 MW Manshera and Karora 10 MW Shangla Hydel Power Projects:

  • Approved by ECNEC.
  • EPC contract awarded.
  • Ready for inauguration.
  • Completion by June, 2018.
  • Management consultant selected.
  • Selection of Engineering,Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor in process.

Hydel Power Projects (Sharmai Dir-150 MW, Shushai-Zhendoli Chitral -144 MW and Shogosin Chitral -132 MW):

  • Financial advisors (funds arranger firm)  is being hired to get finances for these projects by selling shares in the existing projects.
  • 356 Mini/Micro Hydel- Power projects in 12 districts at UC/Village level and community run:
  • 207 projects upto SO KW will be completed by September,2015.
  • 87 projects upto 150 KW will be completed by December,2015.
  • 31 projects upto 250 KW will be completed by September, 2016.
  • 31 projects will be completed by December, 2016.

Establishment of Oil Refinery:

  • Refinery will be built at Krappa (Distt Karak) and Power Plant will be established at Khushal Garh.

KP Oil a. Gas Company:

  • An Oil and Gas Company has been established with the objective to promote oil and gas exploration in the province.
  • Chief Executive Officer appointed.
  • KPOGCL Board constituted.
  • Signing of production agreement with OPL in process.
  • Negotiation with KUFPEC for Pharpur Block in process.
  • Purchase of 02% share in Tall Block in process.
  • 2.5% investment in Pezu and Barathai Completed.

Joint Development Agreement (JOA) for construction of two projects i.e Lower Palas Kohistan 665 MW and Lower Spatgah Kohistan 496 MW:

  • JOA  was expected to be signed but Korean Company  is losing interest  in the projects.
  • The progress is not encouraging.

200 villages by solar electrification by DC standalone system Phase-I  (Southern  and  Central  Districts), Phase-II(Northern Districts)

  • Phase-I:- MC hired, contract will be awarded soon.
  • Phase-II:- MC and contract under process.

Award  of  study  for  providing  electricity  from  Pehur  Hydel Station to Gadoon Industrial Estate:

  • Contract awarded.
  • Report of Phase-I submitted.
  • Report of Phase-II will be submitted by end of March,2015.

Feasibility of 03 site in Swat and Chitral ( Torcamp-Godubar HPP Distt Chitral 409 MW, Kari-Muskhur HPP Distt Chitral 446 MW, Gabral Kalam HPP Distt Swat 110 MW)

  • Contract will be awarded by 31st March,2015.

KPK Under Construction Hydro Power Plants (HPP)

Sr. No.

Name of Project

Name of District

Potential (MW)

Completion Date

1.

Ranolia HPP

Kohistan

17 MW

March 2015

2.

Machai HPP

Mardan

2.6 MW

March 2015

3.

Daral Khwar HPP

Swat

36.6 MW

December 2015

4.

Koto HPP

Dir (Lower)

40 MW

2019

5.

Jabori HPP

Mansehra

10.2 MW

2018

6.

Karora (New) HPP

Shangla

11.8 MW

2018

7.

Matiltan HPP

Swat

84 MW

2019

8.

Lawi HPP

Chitral

69 MW

2019

TOTAL

271.2 MW

Source: http://kpkep.gov.pk/under%20construction.html

KPK Reforms Cell – Explained by Altamash Janjua – PhD from Standford University

Zamir Gul Dam – Status Update

[ Update: 45% work completed on Zamir Gul Irrigation Dam ‪#‎Kohat‬ ]

The under construction Zamir Gul Dam is situated in the remote and far-flung village Ziarat Sheikh Allahdad of Southern District of Kohat on Kohat-Nizampur Road in PK-37. Annual Rainfall in the area is 22%. There is thousands of acres of barren land but due to no proper canal system its production ratio is negligible.

Most lands of Ziarat Sheikh Allahdad are Barani. Indeed construction of dam in the area is the need of the hour and construction of Zamir Gul is the wise and timely decision of the provincial government. The Dam on completion would bring green revolution in the area and usher an era of progress and prosperity and ameliorate the lot of the poor strata.

Zamir Gul Dam is among the significant projects of the provincial government. It is being constructed on Palah Khwar on Nizampur Road at Ziarat Sheikh Allahdad some 71 KM away from Kohat at a cost of Rs.987.77 Million. Work on the Dam had been launched in 2013 by the incumbent ‪#‎PTI‬ led government and so far 45% work has been done and its expected completion date is June 2016.

The Dam will have 27.43 KM (89,998 feet) long channels and irrigate 3 thousand 5 hundred and 35 acres barren land. It will have the catchment area of 36.5 sq miles and capacity of grass storage of 7971 Acre Ft water. Height of the Dam will be 128 Ft above Bed Rock and Crest Length 839 Ft. Similarly Dead Storage Level of the Dam will be 1280 Acre Ft and maximum Pond Level 406.75 M.

Type of Zamir Gul Dam is Earth Core Rockfill Dam (ECRD) and Spillway Ogee Free Flow type. Its Spillway Discharge will be 34161 Cusecs while Outlet Structure Discharge 18 Cusecs.

The Southern Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkwha has thousands acres land laying barren, if this land is brought under cultivation by constructing maximum number of small dams, the provincial government can easily get food security.

click credits Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Govt. of KP

 

 

Upcoming: Strategic Communications Cell based on Automated Information System

The Strategic Communications Cell based on Automated Information System providing a two way communication platform between Citizens, Media & Government and making the Govt much more answerable, that too within time, is Masha Allah, on its way. Citizens can log in and contribute through text, picture and video message. Software is in final testing phase (better late than sorry) !
This is just a presentation prepared for the bosses. Otherwise the Cell is open for anyone to come during office hours and share their ideas –  Abid Majeed (Secretary Information Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) via Facebook

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source: https://www.facebook.com/abid.majeed.754/posts/10206276805413561

Coming up: Traffic Wardens

Universities Act 2015: Teachers association to suggest changes to law

PESHAWAR: The provincial chapter of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has decided to hand over their proposed amendments to the K-P Universities Act 2015 to the higher education minister.

This was decided in a meeting of the association held on Thursday at the University of Peshawar. Representatives from state-run universities from across the province were in attendance.

Members of the association, which has been vociferously criticising the Act passed recently by the K-P Assembly, expressed reservations over the composition of varsities’ senate, syndicate and academic council as laid down by the new law.

According to the association, the law is aimed at curtailing the autonomy of universities which is crucial for ensuring quality education and promoting top notch research.

FAPUASA K-P President Fazali Nasir told the participants Minister for Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani had promised the association a few days ago that he would welcome all positive amendments suggested by the organisation.

Nasir praised the minister for taking their reservations into consideration.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2015. 

Results of Education Reforms – Alif Ailaan Rankings show KPK performed best during 2014-15

Alif Ailaan (website here) is an NGO launched in February 2013 with an aim of focusing Education Sector in Pakistan. The findings of this third-party assessments clearly show the +ive CHANGE promised by PTI. While other provinces show a down-trend, KPK education sector shows clear progress. THUMBS UP.

You can read the full report here: http://www.alifailaan.pk/district_rankings

Experts from abroad to oversee implementation of health reforms

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department is heavily relying on the expertise of professionals from abroad to implement the Health Reforms Act 2015 that seeks a paradigm shift in the existing system to make the health delivery system truly effective.

Relevant officials say that the newly-appointed board of directors (BoD) shows the government`s reliance on experts of international repute being tasked to bring changes in the existing system. There is no bar on BoD members belonging to any other province.

Prof Nausherwan Burki, a US-based Pakistani pulmonologist who spearheads the initiative along with other foreignbased BoD Pakistani members, has volunteered to help the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in reforming the system.

For this purpose, he would stay for a longer period in Peshawar as required. As a rule, the board will hold quarterly meetings, but like Dr Burki, another BoD member Dr Khalid Khan, a Swabi-born foreign-based plastic surgeon, has also communicated to the government about his availability on voluntary basis.

The BoD`s formation signals to the way the government intends to bring about drastic changes for improvement in the health delivery network. Dr Burki, also a former chief executive of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH), is a member of Lady Reading Hospital`s BoD where he will be calling the shots.

While Dr Faisal Sultan, SKMCH chief executive officer, is one of the members of the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) BoD and will be at the driving seat.

Dr Mohammad Asim Yousaf is one of the five board members announced for the Ayub Medical Complex (AMC), Abbottabad, and he will play a lead role there, sources said.

They said that Dr Asim was also behind the construction of the SKMCH in Peshawar.

The sources said that all these health system specialists had remained members of the federal health committees, but now they would have to somehow adjust to the local circumstances. They said that the government would soon complete the process of hiring seven private members of BoD for each of the four teaching hospitals. Five each members for the KTH and AMC have been notified.

Each of the 10-member BoDs will have three ex-officio members, including three administrative secretaries, without vote power with regard to decisions. The sources said that the specialist doctors had also been in contact with the provincial health department and knew about the local situation.

The health department has already been working with them, but fears that these professionals, who have a rich international experience, lack local knowledge about how the employees work. The sources say that the prevailing culture of strikes and protests by doctors and paramedics, which shut the public sector hospitals for thousands of patients, would be a big challenge for them to tackle.

They said that the SKMCH didn`t allow protests, etc due to which it had gained a global recognition. The KP employees are in the habit of leaving their place of duty and resorting to strikes which won`t be that simple to be handled by the new setup.

The sources said that BoDs were trying to recruit highly professional people as medical directors, who would actually be running the hospitals.

source: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=09_05_2015_183_001

KP Assembly passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2015

PESHAWAR: Making amendments to the relevant law, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Friday reduced the tenure of vice chancellors of government universities in the province and empowered the chancellor to remove vice chancellors without recommendation of the senates of the relevant universities.

The assembly passed the long-awaited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which had drawn flak from the vice chancellors and teachers association, and made vital changes to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities Act 2012, under which government universities have been governed.

In the amended law, the tenure of vice chancellors was reduced from four to three years.

Through these amendments, the powers of the chancellor of the public sector universities, who is the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, have been enhanced.

Previously, the chancellor could only remove the vice chancellor of the university on the recommendation of the relevant university’s senate.

Now, lawmakers have included a new clause in the Act empowering the governor that “in case of substantiated allegations of gross misconduct, in-efficiency, corruption, violation of budget provisions, moral turpitude, remove the vice-chancellor, at his own discretion, after giving him an opportunity to show cause against such removal.”

Also, the VCs can be removed by the chancellor after a resolution passed by the senate with simple majority on the above allegation against the VCs.


Empowers chancellor to remove VCs without advice of varsity senates


Previously, the senate was required to passed the resolution about VCs removal by two third majority.

Now, the VC will be appointed for one tenure of three years on such terms and conditions as may be determined by government and his tenure could only be extended once in the same university.

Currently, an influential VC of a public sector university has been serving for 12 years by obtaining three extensions.

With amendments to the law, even the influential VCs would not be able to serve more than six years.

With amendments to the law, the search committee for vice chancellors have also been depoliticised by excluding minister for higher education and a lawmaker heading the assembly standing committee on higher education department.

Now the search committee will consists of chief secretary, three eminent members of the society, with experience in education, administration or social work, two members of the senate and secretary of HED.

For the first time, with the amendments to the law, the government was empowered to carry out financial and performance audit of all activities carried out by the universities out of the funds provided by national and provincial exchequer, grants and loan whether local or foreign.

Miraj Humayoun had introduced amendments demanding 30 percent representation of women in senate. However, the government agreed on only four women in the senate.

Also, controller of examinations and register would not be appointed from the superannuated employees retired from the government universities and teaching faculties.

Under the present amendments, the oldest university in the province, University of Peshawar (UoP), has also been included in the schedule of this law along with four other universities. Earlier, UoP had a separate law while rest of the universities were functioning under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities Act, 2012.

Three universities, which are in the making and whose names are included in the schedule, are University of Technology, Nowshera, Abbottabad University of Science and Technology and Women University Mardan.

The members from opposition whose amendments were incorporated are Zarin Gul, Sardar Hussain Babak, Sikandar Hayat Khan, Syed Mohammad Ali Shah, Aneesa Zaib Tahirkheli, Meraj Hamayun Khan, Sobia Shahid and others.

The bill was tabled by Higher Education Minister Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani.

After the passage of the amended act, the mover said administrative and academic improvement would be witnessed in the public sector universities.

The minister said corruption and irregularities would be stopped with changes in the law.

source : Published in Dawn, May 9th, 2015

Results of Police Reforms

source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/870536/violence-round-up-province-witnesses-decline-in-crime/
Image courtesy: NAYA KPK Facebook Page

IMAGES – Special Combat Unit undergoing Helicopter Rappeling Training

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Right to Services (RTS) – More services added

In case of delayed service, contact at the numbers given at this link: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/right-to-services-implemented-2/

Mufti Mehmood Flyover Completed (finally)

Background of this story: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/tag/mufti-mehmood-flyover/

Ehtesab commission can now probe decade-old cases

PESHAWAR: The provincial assembly on Friday amended the law to empower the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission to deal with corruption cases against the holders of public offices during the last over a decade.

The house passed the KPEC (Amendment) Bill 2015 through which certain changes were made to the KPEC Act 2014.

Officials told Dawn that under the KPEC Act 2014, there were certain ambiguities about the powers of the Ehtesab Commission.

“Originally, it was stated that the law would come in force at once, which meant that the commission could only dealt with cases occurring after it came into existence and not earlier. However, now after the introduction of this amendment, the commission is in a position to deal with corruption cases from Jan 1, 2004 onwards,” an official said.

The assembly has now replaced Section 1 of the Sub-Section 3 of the Act.

The new Sub-Section 3 states: “It shall come into force at once, except the provisions relating to establishment of the commission and Court and provisions relating to the powers and functions of the Commission, Court, Director General, Prosecutor General and all other staff involved in the investigation of a case under this Act shall be deemed to have taken effect from 1st January.”


PA amends law to end ambiguity about powers of accountability body


The amendment bill tabled by law minister Imtiaz Shahid was passed by the house unanimously.

source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1175253/ehtesab-commission-can-now-probe-decade-old-cases

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