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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

Children School Enrolment drive (گھر آیا استاد )

Image Courtesy: Naya KPK Facebook Page

News source: Daily Mashriq Newspaper (http://dailymashriq.com.pk/uploads/attachments/1428555403_7.gif)

PTI wins PK-68 by election against (PPP+JUI+ANP) joint candidate

As promised: Govt suspends contract of construction company

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has suspended the tender of the company responsible for constructing Mufti Mehmood Flyover, for failing to meet the project’s deadline.

Work on the flyover connecting Peshawar Central Prison with Bacha Khan Chowk began in June 2011 by Skyways, a construction company. However, pace on the project worth Rs1.8 billion has been slow. It still remains incomplete, even though several government-set deadlines have passed.

In a recent conversation with The Express Tribune, K-P Minister for Mineral Development Ziaullah Khan Afridi said the construction company’s contract was terminated and all machinery as well as a security deposit of Rs10 million has been seized.

He added the step was taken in accordance with legal procedures because the company failed to meet repeated deadlines, the most recent of which was August 31.

The provincial government facilitated the construction company in all regards, but the latter failed to accomplish its assigned task in the given time, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan told The Express Tribune.

Inayatullah said a new tender for the project will be floated soon. He added the government was attempting to complete the invitation for bids by October 23, so work can resume on the flyover by the end of October and is completed by the end of the year.

The local government minister criticised the construction company for delaying the project and giving a bad impression of the K-P government.

Inayatullah explained a meeting of the department was held on Thursday to discuss other development schemes and ongoing projects. “At the meeting, it was decided since the contractors had failed to meet Mufti Mehmood Flyover’s deadline, action would be taken against them.”

source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/758920/mufti-mehmood-flyover-govt-suspends-contract-of-construction-company/

New Updates

IMPROTANT NOTE: I have many new interesting updates but due to shortage of time I am unable to post them as they are reported. Please see the news from KPK govt Twitter account (link given below) for the time being. Major news will be added to proper categories on this blog soon. Just to remind you that this blog is NOT A NEWS website, rather an ARCHIVE of major developments in EACH SECTOR – A place to see the PERFORMANCE OF KPK GOVT OVER TIME

https://twitter.com/KPKUpdates

Ehtesab Commission Team Finalized

Names of Finalized Ehtesab Commissioners (I would like to add their profiles)

  1. Chief Ehtesab Commissioner : Justice (Rtd) Hamid Farooq Durrani (Ex chief justice, Peshawar High Court)
  2. member: Syeda Sarwat Jehan (Ex-Directoress Education)
  3. member: Sahibzada Khurshid Ahmad (Ex-District and Session Judge)
  4. member: Mr. Mumtaz Ali Khan (Ex-Controller, BISE, Islamabad)
  5. member: Col (Rtd) Abdul Wahid Jan Abbasi (Ex-Commander ISI)

source: http://www.infokhyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk/doit/?p=15378

Next Step: Nomination of:

  • Director General
  • Prosecutor General
  • Director Internal Monitoring

Profiles:

1. Chief Ehtesab Commissioner : Justice (Rtd) Hamid Farooq Durrani (Ex chief justice, Peshawar High Court)
“Justice Hamid Farooq was a member of the bar and had served as deputy attorney general of Pakistan in Peshawar. He is considered a competent and honest person.” – Dawn News – Published Oct 27, 2009


member: Syeda Sarwat Jehan (Ex-Directoress Education)

member: Sahibzada Khurshid Ahmad (Ex-District and Session Judge)

member: Mr. Mumtaz Ali Khan (Ex-Controller, BISE, Islamabad)

member: Col (Rtd) Abdul Wahid Jan Abbasi (Ex-Commander ISI)

Aug 30, 2014 – Completion Deadline given for Mufti Mehmood Flyover

Mufti Mehmood Flyover – work and PTI govt pledge

This is a “News in Focus” i.e. the govt should have plans for this first before announcing new mega projects. All updates are available under the tag: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/tag/mufti-mehmood-flyover/

Sharing video from Geo TV because in the current circumstance, they will present in the worst possible way (a more balanced report can be read here on Dawn). If  video does not show up, watch here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=678868062188497&set=vb.100001959280032

My opinion: Do we have new KPK after almost 1 year?

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.
https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/category/ehtesab-commission/


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.
    https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/category/police/

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)

My view: KP Cabinet Expansion or Reshuffle/Completion

While many news reports give an impression that KP cabinet has been extended, the reality is opposite. The PTI govt in KP has indeed reshuffled and added the missing ministers. Facts are as follows:

“The cabinet, as announced in the beginning, had 14 members including two senior ministers. After the fallout with QWP, Israrullah Gandapur’s death and PTI’s Yousaf Ayub’s disqualification, this number went down to nine.”

So the inclusion of new ministers is not any expansion rather completion of portfolios where they also did some reshuffling to match the profiles with ministers effectiveness. Again, it is not due to any corruption charges.

Mufti Mehmood Flyover – Court wants it reviewed

This is a “News in Focus” i.e. the govt should have plans for this first before announcing new mega projects. All updates are available under the tag: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/tag/mufti-mehmood-flyover/

  • PHC asks CM to look into Security, Environmental and other issues related to the flyover
  • It is near sensitive buildings (the high court, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Nishtar Hall, Peshawar jail, etc)
  • PHC had reservations regarding the project right from the start
  • Project was started without proper homework and several important aspects were ignored.
  • http://www.dawn.com/news/1054423

History of Mufti Mehmood flyover

This is a “News in Focus” i.e. the govt should have plans for this first before announcing new mega projects. All updates are available under the tag: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/tag/mufti-mehmood-flyover/

 

  • Project start: ANP govt
  • Start date: June 30, 2011
  • Completion date: October 30, 2013
  • Completion time: 2 years, 4 months
  • Total cost: Rs. 1.77 billion
  • http://www.dawn.com/news/640324/work-starts-on-rs17-billion-flyover (read this news which promises good things. We don’t have anything new in PTI govt. Nothing on ground so far – only promises)