PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak ordered converting standard of the district headquarters level public sector degree colleges into modern model colleges and approved establishment of 16 new degree colleges at an estimated cost of Rs 5 billion in various districts of the province.
Presiding over meeting regarding establishment of new colleges and development schemes of gas producing areas in the southern districts, he issued these orders here on Friday.
The chief minister asked the relevant authorities to immediately start execution of the project of new colleges under an umbrella schemes. He also directed to spend the gas royalty revenue on drinking water, supply of Sui gas to domestic consumers and higher education schemes in the oil and gas producing districts only.
He reviewed 19 proposed colleges and while terming 16 colleges feasible directed the relevant authorities to initiate construction of the colleges. The new colleges approved by the chief minister included 10 for girls and six for boys and will be setup in Swat, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Abbottabad, Peshawar, Chitral, Buner, Nowshera, D.I.Khan, Mardan, Lakki Marwat and Charsadda districts.
Khatak advised the department to strictly follow the present provincial government’s policy for establishing new colleges under uniformed design, standard, facilities and accommodation. He directed to give priority to supply of Sui gas, public health and higher education schemes in the surrounding areas where natural gas producing fields are situated so that long standing demands of the population of such areas could be fulfilled. He said that sufficient funds received by the provincial government on account of the gas royalty would be made available for these schemes.
He directed the divisional administration of Kohat to form district level committees comprising local members of provincial assembly, district nazim, deputy commissioner and representatives of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) to identify schemes by mutual consultation. He said that these committees should also convince the gas consumers to pay their gas bills.