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Chitral selected as model district for development

CHITRAL, Sept 28: Chitral has been selected as the model district for development by the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) for which one billion rupees have been allocated in the initial stage to be spent on different development sectors in the selected union councils.

In a meeting between deputy commissioner Mohammad Shoaib Jadoon and the representatives of PPAF including Masood Khalid, Rana Sarwar, Inayatullah Niazi, it was stated that a forum of development partners named District Development Forum will be established.

Led by the district administration, the forum included Sarhad Rural Support Program, Aga Khan Rural Support Program and other organizations working in the development sector.

The development strategy will be evolved by the forum which will take certain selected union councils where development schemes in the most desired sectors and sub-sectors will be carried out as pointed by the local community.

The PPAF exponents said that their organization had decided to reach the community at base level and it is on this ground that certain union councils will be selected for concentration of its funding and attention.

They said the coordinated and coherent efforts were needed to accelerate the pace of development and the forum will act as a bridge among different development organizations. Mr Jadoon appreciated the decision of PPAF for selecting Chitral as model a district and said that the backwardness of the area due to its enormous size and small population necessitated for extra efforts and initiatives.

He said that PPAF has already launched a mesh of interventions in the district through SRSP and SRSP and now it has broadened its spectrum of activities and Chitral was one of its main beneficiaries.

Mr. Jadoon also stressed on the need of compiling and refreshing integrated data on the development initiatives taken up by the government as well non-governmental organizations in the district.–Zahiruddin

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