Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s prominent services to Khyber Pakhtukhwa (KPK) render him deserved to be considered as a hero of KPK.
The most remarkable achievement of Imran Khan in his services to KPK is his creating political awareness amongst the community of KPK in particular and Pakistan broadly. The common stratum of our society has made its appearance in political process and leadership.This is a landmark step towards reshaping the political arena of Pakistan. The people of KPK have rightly opted for bringing a party to power that doesn’t stand on aristocracy or family politics – the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
KPK was once considered to be the most corrupt province, according to Transparency International. Imran Khan had promised before the elections that, if given the chance, he will wipe out corruption and so far, PTI Government seems to have achieved it. Imran Khan has already removed two of KPK’s ministers on complaints by the public, which is admirable. Suffice it to say that not a single scandal has piped up in the watchful media even though all media eyes have been set on the KPK government. Nor has Khan’s government left any chance of surfacing of any corruption case in future by bringing the Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance.
The KP’s RTI law is positioned at top global RTI rankings. Under this law, any citizen can make a request to the government on a simple paper or through an email, without any fee, requiring information about all government departments, the KP legislature, chief minister’s secretariat, governor’s secretariat, lower courts, and even to private bodies
funded by government and private bodies providing public services.The applicant under RTI Ordinance is not even required to disclose the reason for demanding such information.
Complete depoliticization of the KPK police system is Imran Khan’s remarkable achievement. Police is working independently with no influence and interference whatsoever from its ministers, members of the assembly or even by Imran Khan himself. The ruling party and its ministers are not using police for personal purposes.
There is absolutely zero tolerance policy against corruption. Hundreds of police officials have been terminated and several demoted on complaints regarding corruption and misuse of power.
There is also zero political interference and involvement in the selection, recruitment and promotion of officers and personnel in the police.Earlier, the appointments were made through political interference but now a merit based NTS test has been introduced for recruitment purposes.
In addition, the cumbersome process of registering an FIR has been simplified to an extent that it can be registered online too. KPK police has introduced a complaint registration system,Police Access Service, via a simple SMS 0315-9007777 , a call on toll free number 0800-00400, fax at 091-9223575 or email at [email protected] With the introduction of online FIR, decade old criminal disputes of many people have been resolved.
Peshawar High Court has introduced E-Citizens Grievance Redressal System — a unique justice system in Pakistan through which the people of KPK, especially the distressed and poor segment of society, would get justice within hours. The PHC would now receive complaints and applications just on a phone call, SMS or email through the Human Rights Directorate (HRD). The litigants would also receive reports on progress in their cases through phone, email or SMS. The HRD mostly deals with the cases of violation of basic human rights.
In the health system, PTI government has carried out unprecedented healthcare reforms; as a consequence, the health system has made considerable improvement– patients testify that doctors are present in the hospitals to attend to their ailments.
Introducing various schemes such as Health Insurance Scheme and an ‘Insulin for life’ scheme are worth appreciation. Liver and kidney transplant, and dialysis are made free of cost to folks all over the province.
Hospitals in long-ignored and far-plunged areas such as Balakot, Torghar, Chitral, Bony– to name a few of them–have been built and are now serving the ailing humanity.
In hospitals, all systems including registration, attendance, cleanliness, and management have improved. All treatments in emergency wards are free.
KPK government also went through serious challenges regarding Polio and its resistance. Khan’s government handled the issue as a challenge and launched a ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ program during which each child also receives vaccination against 9 preventable diseases and vitamin A drops and each family is given a hygiene kit that includes soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towel, water container. So far, 1.3 million children have been immunised as part of this campaign. The World Health Organisation (WHO) delegation, which met Imran, congratulated him on a successful anti-polio drive because a recent report showed that no case of polio has been seen in KPK after the campaign.
Health reforms package already approved with the hallmarks of giving government hospitals autonomy on the pattern of UK model and a special focus on Mother Child Healthcare.
Mobile lady doctor service has been launched to make health services available to far-plunged hitherto inaccessible areas of KPK.
The Ministry of Health approved the service structure for Doctors in KPK, a long standing issue which has been finally cleared up; this will pave the way to better health care professionals.
Cancer Hospital – Shaukat Khanum at Peshawer is on development stage and it will be operational next year.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK) is only province in Pakistan introducing health insurance in the province
A Dawn-Herald survey conducted in 2014 showed that Health sector had shown a remarkable 72% improvement far more than other provinces.
PTI has shown its plans to bring a fundamental change in education as well. The government has recruited 8000 teachers and recruitment of further 6000 teachers is still in process – all of whom will also be appointed by the NTS. Plans of a mammoth project of an education city are under way where the people can choose from a variety of professions and fields. Independent monitoring systems have been introduced to ensure attendance of both teachers and students. Biometric attendance system in educational institutions introduced by KPK government has dramatically improved puntuality. It will monitor around 28000 schools in the province. The project was launched on April 16, 2014. For me, this is much more important than bus networks and motorways that the federal government seem to be so passionate about.
Education reforms package ensuring a uniform curriculum across the province in English is a worth praising step.
School Data is available online for the public to view.
KPK Govt launches Tameer-e-School campaign to rebuild thousands of KPK schools which are in highly deplorable conditions using cutting edge technology to monitor the funds more efficiently.
School Data is available online for the public to view. The entire education system is in the process to be unified to present one curriculum for all schools across the province in English. A Dawn-Herald survey conducted in 2014 showed that Education sector had shown a remarkable 70% improvement far more than other provinces.
Regarding revenue, Imran Khan’s PTI government has successfully managed to increase revenue of KPK from Rs 12 billion to Rs. 20 billion. PTI government has solved the chronic problem of corruption in the revenue department by introducing a system to find out any ‘Patwari’ taking bribes. Over Rs. 70 million have been recovered from corrupt Patwaris and more than 350 patwaris have been sent behind the bars for having been involved in corrupt practices. Consequently, patwaris are not accepting bribes for fear of being caught. The provincial government has changed the ‘patwari’ system. Fareeha Idrees, a TV anchor, has admitted in live show that she installed two secret cameras to see if a patwari (village accountant) will take any bribe but surprisingly no one took it due to fear of strict action.
The biggest problem in revenue collection was corruption, we have created a system to catch any ‘Patwari’ taking bribes. That has led to Rs. 70 million being recovered from corrupt Patwaris and sending 350 Patwari’s to jails.
A quick follow up of revenue cases and solving more than 70% of long pending cases is highly appreciable. The target is to solve all pending cases and any new case will be processed according to the quick standards of the ‘Right to Services’ act. Computerizing land records in several districts of KPK as part of a broader program in the whole of province must be appreciated.
KPK government has launched Chief Minister Complaint Cell which listens to and solves people’s problems at the earliest.
An SMS awareness campaign has been started announcing free gynecological checkups and supporting medicines to pregnant women and an added bonus of Rs 2,700 to help sustain their pregnancy.
For the first time in the history the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf government has initiated a financial assistance scheme for the welfare of widows hailing from the minority Hindu community.
KPK government is committed to improving the environment, it has launched a massive 1 billion tree plantation drive across the province and is working on preserving our natural resources
ACCOUNTABILITY / EHTESAB BILL
An independent Ethesab Bill to catch corruption, this will even keeps PTI’s ministers in check as a deterrent from doing corruption for the fear of being exposed by the public / media. Imran Khan dismissed two QWP ministers for corruption and lost an ally at the risk of losing his government. It has never happened before in Pakistan.This bill gives the people of K-P the right to access all the information online.
Right to Services Act is another of its kind through which citizens have the right to ask questions about any public matter and government will be bound to answer that question in a prescribed time. The citizen can also file a complaint against officials who do not comply with the prescribed time period.
RIGHT TO INFORMATION
Twenty five new bills have been passed by the KPK assembly till date. The Right to Information Bill has been updated by the PTI which is a huge step towards forcing transparency in governance system.
Right to information allows the citizen to get government information to keep watch and catch corruption or non performance, gauged to be one of the best RTI bills world over and also ranked to better then Punjab RTI Bill. Journalist and PTI-critic Umar Cheema has even documented identical RTI requests sent to KPK and Punjab, displayed a sincere response by KPK government while the Punjab govt was riddled with bureaucratic red-tape. KPK govt publicly shares the list of all govt Public Information officers and their contact details
RIGHT TO SERVICES
Right to Services allows the citizen to demand basic services in stipulated number of days (~30 days) or else the bureaucracy will be punished.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST BILL
This bill prevents Government officers / bureaucracy to silently bid on tenders and reap benefits.
Infrastructure projects to build dams which will help limit flooding and provide small scale electricity in remote areas are steps towards eliminating darkness from the province.
KPK Government has initiated to launch to 356 Micro-hydel projects all over KPK. While Kalam also got 400KW of Hydel power after 6 years without electricity.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK) government has launched Rs. 14.765 billion worth 40.8 MW Koto Hydropower Project, on Panjkora river upstream of Timergara town in District Dir (Lower). This project will be completed in December 2018.
ENDING VIP CULTURE
Austerity running the state affairs coupled with curbing the misuse of state resources by top government functionaries that had plagued the previous governments was a promise that the PTI had made to this nation.
PTI’S core philosophy has always been
against the prevailing VIP culture which results in spending taxpayer money. PTI government has considerably curtailed the KPK Ministers VIP protocols.
Barring the minimum security required, no minister, including the Chief Minister, in the KP government takes
any protocol vehicles and staff during movement. The incident of Government helicopter ride taken by the Chief Minister KPK, Pervez Khattak, and followed by payment for the dues from his own pocket set the example for top political leadership and bureaucracy in the province that the PTI government would have zero tolerance for the misuse of State resources for personal use.
Local Body Election
KPK Local Body election 2015 was a massive exercise in the history of the province to bring democracy at gross roots level after a gap of ten years.
The PTI government in KPK has started new schemes for the promotion of tourism with a modern ferry service in River Indus and River Kabul. The service would be operated in D I Khan, Khairbabad (Kund) and Nowshera while similar ferry service on the pattern of developed countries would also start in other rivers of the province. Under the tourism promotion scheme, a special train service would also be operated between Nowshera to Attock Khurd. New tourist spots have been identified in Naaran, Kaghan, Galiyat, Swat, Dir and Chitral, which will be soon opened for tourists.
PTI’s government’s war against timber mafia in KPK to save the environment is a highly appreciable step. Imran Khan has announced a Green Policy, pledging to take action against patrons of timber mafia: “Anyone, including any politician, whatever his party affiliation, will be nabbed if found backing timber mafia. PTI acts on its commitments. We will go for all those linked to timber mafia,” Khan has warned.
Imran Khan’s reforms immensely enhanced his standing with KPK’s lower- and middle-class populations. Envy and concern over Imran’s increasing power has led to angst amongst a number of politicians who envision in him a rising star political leader.
I hope Imran Khan–the hero of KPK—will develop KPK to such an extent that KPK and the rest of Pakistan will refuse to be led by anyone else but he himself.
Dr Ali Ahmad
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