The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has spent Rs17.86 billion out of the Rs140.23 billion allocation under the umbrella of Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2014-15.
According to data provided by the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA), the first half of the current fiscal year has been rather sluggish for the K-P government. As of January 2, 2015, the provincial government has released a total of only Rs64 billion under the ADP.
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
- award of tenders of 365 micro-hydel power projects (is it different from the news from April 13 below?)
- levelled by Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET), a department of the federal government against Pakhtunkhwah Hydel Development Organisation (Phydo), new department made by KPK govt.
- that contract being awarded to favorites – not to PCRET
April 13, 2014: Award of power sector contracts: TI Pakistan voices concern over violation of PPRA Act
- Gorkin-Matiltan hydropower project in Swat (84 megawatts MW)
- Lawi hydropower project in Chitral (69 MW)
- Biddidng cost – Sinotec Consortium got contract on Rs. 34 billion bid (second lowest bidder bid for Rs. 39 billion) WHATS WRONG
- Allegation: Sinotec Consortium gave false information of its experiance and financial turnover (to meet the minimum requirement). Consultants also certified.
- Sinotec Consortium could have been favorited because of their offers and MoUs with KP govt
- This is still little information to find anything obvious – More news will be important
- Full story: http://www.brecorder.com/fuel-a-energy/193:pakistan/1172964:award-of-power-sector-contracts:-ti-pakistan-voices-concern-over-violation-of-ppra-act?date=2014-04-13
- Update (July 2): Sharam Tarakai (Health Minister KPK) talking about the issue in next day’s program (watch from 9:30 to 15:10)
- Very disappointing (dirty) ground situation shown in this program
- Shows the incompetence of Shaukat Yousafzai who was later removed from Health Ministry
- Sharam Tarakai has taken notice (watch next day program here – 5 min) after this program but this is not new
- “Shehram Tarkai, Health Minister of KPK called us and assured us he will take serious action against those responsible.” – Fareeha Idrees vis Twitter
- “KPK govt has at least taken notice. Shouldn’t PM ask his team why baitulmall stall was deserted? Y money not sent to IDPs?
@MaryamNSharif” – Fareeha Idrees via Twitter
- No Excuse after 1 year
- If video does not appear below: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x20mcpk_8-pm-with-fareeha-idrees-1st-july-2014_news
- This set of people are not happy at all. They claim that they voted for PTI but not happy with their decision.
- But other complete surveys show that people are generally satisfied (see post here)
- I am usually not convinced with such road shows where one can pre-arrange the audiance of choice
I (belong to Abbottabad – Hazara) am critical of PTI’s contributions in Hazara (posted my concerns earlier) which has shown its result in both by-elections which PTI lost in Hazara ( PK45 and NA19 ). If PTI would have done anything special/different (as they are doing in Pakhtun belt), they would have won by-elections. So I am not happy with PTI’s role in Hazara.
On the other hand, people of Hazara love PML-N which is evident from general elections results. So they should not object now when they have not given mandate to PTI. Better ask Mehtab Abbasi, Sardar Yosuf and Co. (a sadists approach).
Such concerns are surfacing now (like in this report: Allocations in budget fail to impress Hazara residents) which I don’t totally agree with but still there are valid points which must be addressed by PTI govt and specially looked after by its local leaders (Ali Asghar Khan, Dr. Azhar, Azam Swati, Mushtaq Ghani, etc.).
Having said that, I think there are still many promises/areas where PTI should have done some CHANGE:
- Abbottabad New City Project (no news about that so far)
- Traffic Management Plan (no progress or effort on it)
- Standard of Hazara University (and we are talking of new education city without any focus on existing university)
- Ayub Medical Hosptial (biggest hospital of the region – still I could not find any news except Reham Khan questioning Imran Khan about its sate of affairs – rats in emergency)
- and others which I dont know
In the end, reader must not overlook good things like news about Nathiagali Amusement Park, Small Industries-II for Abbottabad, focus on Hattar industrial state, etc.
I came across a Geo TV report on this project and browsed the history of this project. Simple speaking, PTI govt should have completed it in 1 year of its government which should not be impossible even if 50% work was done earlier (total project time was 2 year, 4 months). What are PTI plans – not known. Therefore, PTI gets a minus point here and currently it is a “News in Focus”. Details at https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/tag/mufti-mehmood-flyover/.
Any better news? or comments? Please share.
Question: 1 years has past but where is “New KPK”? Where does the “promise” of “change” in “90” days stand?
Answers (as I think):
- Do we have “New KPK” = NOT YET
- Do we have “change” = PARTIAL (things changing in the right direction but slowly)
- Is anything going in wrong direction: NO
- Have they failed = Certainly not
Based on following opinion/facts:
I don’t know about others but I am more concerned and watching whether they are doing anything or not. My personal opinion is that they have not delivered exactly the way people expected, and they way they could have done. I know critical reasons for this “slow” progress which is not failure as of yet.
Reason 1 – Incompetence
PTI politicians in KPK are incompetent because they are traditional old people without great ideas to take initiatives like IK had thought, proposed, promise. The corrupt and inefficient ones must be removed as per their promise. They took action against QWP ministers (first time in history to kick out coalition parter due to corruption) but don’t have system to punish them or justify their claims even though every one on ground is happy because they were notorious. They also took action against own ministers and removed them but clear reasons are still unknown – if it was due to corruption, they must have been exposed (PTI may be doing politics here). Reason for this shortcomign is absence of much awaited KPK Ehtisab commission which is in process of organization.
Ehtisab Commission: Should have been functional and have punished few big names by now. But legistlation and transparent process is also important which takes time. See the progress from Jan 2014 to May 2014 (5 months). You can not do these steps (e.g. public announcements) overnight if it has to be transparent.
Reason 2 – Inexperiance:
The ones who are good and active but inexperianced and learning things. Experiance does matter when it comes to delivering within short period. This is true in any field. No matter how good, honest you are, it takes sometime to know things before you deliver. But don’t confuse it with other parties experiance who have 30 years experiance and yet take years to just announce a name (refer to HEC chairman appointment) when all rules are already known/inplace. So if inexperiance of PTI becomes a reason to not deliver in 5 years then that will be bad.
Reason 3 – Legislation time:
In democracy (unlike dictatorship) everything has to be implemented through parliament which is long process. You don’t get results in one session. Even without experiance and new team KPK govt did legislation of RTI, RTS, and other laws listed below (please share progress of other provinces if anyone has any complaint from KP govt.)
Bills (legislation) approaved by PTI Govt: http://www.pakp.gov.pk/2013/bills/
Little bit about Satisfactory/Good Performance:
- Police: I don’t claim that police is excellent now but it has improved A LOT. In fact, it is becoming a role model. Many initiatives (credit to IG KPK and credit to PTI which appointed him) are outstanding. Police is being upgraded. It is not polititions tool anymore in KPK. Any other province has anything similar? Please share.
- Anti-corruption drive: Removal of top officials by NAB but nothing possible without provincial govt support.
- and finally areas where KPK is in Top of the list:
I have not listed all good things like education sector reforms (specially IMU initiative), welfare projects, mega cities initiatives, etc. If you are really interested then see this blog and follow it: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/
What I expected to see by now:
- Some micro hydal projects started (update July 7: They are started. I did not know find details here)
- Ehtisab Commission Working (update July 7: CM in a recent interview mentioned that it will b functional in 2 months)
- My PhD completed 🙂 (update July 7: Will be done in September InshaAllah)
It is really sad to know that PTI lose a genuine person. Even though his demands were too unrealistic in current politics, he should have been dealt by PTI (specially IK).
Having said that, I don’t think he can get even 1000 votes from any contituency considering the response Dr. Qadeer Khan (a real hero in the heart of people) got in May 11 elections and eventually merged his party with PTI. Adnan Randhwana will not do anything good but will only harm PTI little bit.
Why we always get good news about Peshawar? why not about other cities (where I am interested in Abbottabad). Are they following PMLN which spend its maximum energies in Lahore?
08-04-2014: Finally, PM approves CM request of desired transfer of the CS.
Feb 14, 2014: The news of conflict between CM and CS denied.
Feb 07, 2014: Here comes the story: There was a tussle between CS and CM over administrative control. Bureaucracy creating hurdles for “promise of change”. Read here: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-231026-KP-chief-secretary-Shehzad-Arbab-replaced
Feb 05, 2014:
Chief Secretary (CS) Muhammad Shehzad Arbab doing good on “conflict of interest” to be annouced in matter of days. Was it a reason for his removal next day?
- The idea is right but serious effort is needed for proper execution. For example, this system works very well in Pakistan State Oil (PSO) where employes attendance is recorded with a better palm recognition device.
- On a side note: AAP government in India interested to introduce biometric attendance system (Jan 6, 2014 news)