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FATA Reforms: Key Recommendations

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Sartaj Aziz said additional posts in the Levies force may be sanctioned for performing agency/police functions in  consultation with Finance Division.

Destroyed/damaged Levies posts should be reconstructed and  provision of additional infrastructure for Levies to ensure round the clock security should be undertaken. Decision to create new wings in the civil, armed forces will be reviewed. About the capacity building of FC, the committee recommended that it should be undertaken and additional new wings of FC may be created for improved border management.

It also recommended that all posts in should be upgraded and brought at par with . Salaries for the project personnel in FATA should be 20 % higher than that admissible under the project policy of Khyber . FATA would also be connected to China Pakistan Economic Corridor at suitable locations and has been recommended to encourage establishment of more branches of banks in FATA.

It also suggested that land settlement should be planned and undertaken in consultation with the stakeholders by using modern technology to create GIS based computerized individual record of rights.
It also suggested that proper coverage of BISP, Bait ul Mal and microfinance schemes in FATA should be ensured.

Quota of FATA students in education and health institutions in other province should be doubled and retained for 10 years after integration with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it recommended. Sartaj Aziz said that a directorate of Transition and Reforms for coordinating and monitoring the reforms would also be set up as recommended in Chapter 5 of the Report.

Replying to a query, he said the KP government would be fully involved in the gradual integration of FATA into the province and executing the development plan.

To another question, he said the number of assembly seats of every province would be revised after completion of the census. The representation of FATA would also be increased as per their population, he added.

Governor KP, Zafar Iqbal Jhagra said that it was very significant achievement and it would change the map of the country besides redressing the outstanding demand of the people of tribal belt.

Minister for SAFRON, Abdul Qadir Baloch said that the people of the area despite being Pakistanis were deprived of the basic rights of citizenship and by bringing them into the mainstream, they would have equal rights.

Responding to a query he said the representatives of FATA would play advisory role in the development and utilization of the funds.

He said FATA is 10 times less developed than any other area of the country and needed special developmental efforts to bring it at par with other areas.

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