Cabinet endorses local govt polls in KP on Sept 15

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PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has announced that local government elections in the province will be held on 15th September this year which has been endorsed by the provincial cabinet.

He said the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is committed to decentralization of power and authority and decision making at grassroots level. The decision made by the chief minister was fully endorsed by the provincial cabinet which met on Wednesday with the chief minister in the chair.

Addressing the cabinet meeting, the chief minister directed to increase of honoria of Chief Khateeb and Moavin Qazis of the province. He directed all the provincial departments to ensure implementation of the laws framed by the provincial government in their letter and spirit.

The chief minister directed to work on the preparation of laws, rules and regulations on the pattern of E&D Rules, PPRA rules and retirement rules already prepared by the federal government. He said the cabinet will meet on each Tuesday to thoroughly discuss major draft legislation in the best public interest.

The provincial cabinet agreed to the commencement of double shift in public sector primary, middle, high and higher schools throughout the province and approved mechanism for this. The services of existing teachers would be hire and even teachers from the market would be recruited on fixed pay. The fix pay recruitees to be hired from the market would get fix pay such as primary teachers 12000/- per month, middle teachers 15000/- per month, high school 18000/- per month, higher secondary school 20000/- per month, clerical staff 7000/- per month and class-IV 5000/- per month.

The double shift plan would be enforced from financial year 2021-22 and the terms and conditions would be purely temporarily. The cabinet agreed to release supplementary grant of Rs.3676.842 million for the extension and rehabilitation of oil and gas producing districts. The finance department would enjoy power to release funds for the purpose out of gas royalty of the respective districts.

The cabinet also approved the merger of “PITE and RITE” established for the teachers’ training to a full-fledged directorate of professional development in order to impart both in- service and pre-service professional trainings to the teacher on modern lines. The cabinet also agreed to provide  156.11 kanal of additional land for the Suki Kinari Hydle Power Project having the capacity of 884 MW.

The cabinet formally approved a uniform system of education in the province which is a revolutionary step and the chief minister directed to incorporate local languages such as Pushto, Hindko, Saraki, Gogari, Kohwar and others in the new curriculum. The new curricula should give importance to the Islamic values and ethics. the new uniform system would bring uniformity in the public and private schooling system.

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