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FATA Development Authority prepares development program for new financial year 2009-10.

Peshawar, July 03, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- FATA Development Authority (FDA) has prepared a focused development program for the new financial year 2009-10 and will spend Rs.1.15 billion on 44- development schemes in the designated eight sectors. This was stated during a presentation on the Annual Development Program 2009-10 of FDA, held at Governor's House here on Friday. The NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani presided over the presentation whereas the Additional Chief Secretary FATA Habibullah Khan, Chief Executive FDA Attaullah Khan, Secretary to Governor Arbab Muhammad Arif and General Managers of the different development departments in the FDA attended the presentation. Highlighting the salient features of the ADP, the meeting was told that the total volume of the FDA annual development program was 10 % of the FATA ADP with Rs. 304 million increase over the previous year's allocation of Rs. 846 million. Under the program, five ongoing development projects including Dargai Pal small dam in South Waziristan Agency and Mines Rescue/Safety and Labour Welfare Station in Orakzai Agency would be completed during current financial year. Similarly surveys and feasibilities of 12 proposed projects would also be completed which includes use of Solar Energy project in FATA, one small dam each in Mohmand, Khyber, North Waziristan, FR DI Khan and Orakzai Agency. Feasibility study, design and establishment of Coal Fired Power generation Unit in FATA will also be completed this year. The highest amount of Rs. 500 million has been allocated for 13 ongoing projects in Small Dam and Power sector besides Rs.340 million for 13 projects in Mineral sector, Rs. 125 million for 4 Skill Development Projects, Rs. 29 million for 5 industrial projects and Rs. 112 million for 4 schemes in the Research and Development sector. While ensuring at least Rs. 26 million allocation for each projects, no new project has been included in the ADP in a bid to complete the ongoing schemes at the earliest. The meeting was told that 5 mega projects in the sectors under FDA had also been recommended for inclusion in the Federal PSDP 2009-10. These projects include Bara Dam in Khyber Agency, provision of Solar and Wind Energy System in FATA, construction of Raghagan Dam in Bajaur Agency and development of two Townships in FATA. While having detailed discussion on the proposed development schemes, the Governor said that socio-economic development in FATA was one of the govt.'s three-point prioritized strategy, adding that annual budget for FATA development had recently been enhanced accordingly. However he stressed a focused development approach for facilitating the common tribesmen in a minimum possible time. The Governor expressed keen interest in the Solar/ Wind Energy projects and Coal Fired Power generation in FATA and directed that every effort should be made for making these projects viable and worth implementation. The Governor also emphasized on Skill Development in FATA saying that skilled workforce amongst the tribesmen must be prepared ahead of expected industrialization in tribal areas in the near future. He appreciated the efforts made by FDA for skill development through its various projects initiated for tribal youth and directed more focus over such projects. He directed the Authority to expedite work on its development projects saying, "now is the time that we focus on socio-economic development and make sure that its benefits reaches the common tribesmen".

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 3, 2009
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