NA body approves mega projects for FATA

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 26 (APP):A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met here on Monday under the Chairmanship of MNA Muhammad Jamal ud Din, to discuss the proposed six major schemes of FATA for PSDP 2018-19 in detail.
After detailed deliberations, the committee approved the said projects in addition to some other projects including clean drinking water schemes in South Waziristan Agency (estimated cost Rs. 500 million), 200 km track in hilly areas of Mahsood areas of South Waziristan Agency and construction of 15 km black top road from Chalwashtai to Mantoi, South Waziristan Agency (estimated cost Rs. 150 Million).
The committee also approved construction of 60 km black top road from Jandola to Gambila Bridge, Lakki Marwat, construction of 15 km black top road from main Karikot road to Kalotai, Tehsil Bermal (estimated cost Rs 150 million) and construction of 20 km black top road from main Angoor Ada road to khangai, Tehsil Bermal (estimated cost Rs 200 Million).
The committee recommended that these projects may be included in the PSDP for Financial Year 2018-19.
The committee also discussed the problems being faced by the Malakand Levy regarding their salaries, pension, and accommodation and training center. The committee recommended to the Ministry of SAFRON to look into the matter and bring salaries and allowances of the Malakand Levy at par with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police.
The committee also discussed the Minerals Policy of FATA in detail. The committee recommended to the FATA Secretariat to compensate the families of the deceased workers who died during working in the mines and also take measures to extend the Labour Act and Social Security Act to FATA.
The meeting was also attended by Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr Asma Mamdot, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Aftab Shaban Mirani, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Shahjahan Baloch, Qaiser Jamal, Nasir Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik, Bilal Rehman and Bismillah Khan MNAs.
Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments also attended the meeting.