FATA to receive funds for education and infrastructure projects

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Peshawar: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday. The meeting reviewed the economic and social needs of the merged districts of erstwhile Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).

During the briefing, Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra said the Fata Development Funds would be consumed for development of health, education, road rehabilitation and electricity infrastructure. While assuring a timely release of funds for the merged districts, he informed of the pay-out of enough funds for rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) of the former tribal agencies by the federal government.

The meeting agreed on fund allocation for merged districts in upcoming federal and provincial budgets for the financial year, 2019-20. This is in regards to fulfil social and economic needs of former FATA until the finalization of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

The meeting was attended by Federal Secretary Finance Naveed Kamran Baloch, Adviser to Prime Minister for Establishment Mohammad Shehzad Arbab and other relevant senior officials.

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