PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has said that the tribal people must take full benefit of Insaf Rozgar Scheme.

The chief minister said this while addressing a meeting to review progress on Insaf Rozgar Scheme at the Peshawar Secretariat on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister’s Adviser on Trade Abdul Karim, Principal Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, head of Strategic Support Unit Sahibzada Saeed, Secretary Trade and officials of Board of Investment and Trade and other relevant departments.

During the meeting, the chief minister was briefed about progress on Insaf Rozgar Scheme in merged tribal districts. He was told that the receipt of applications for the scheme was going on in full swing, but it had to be stopped on the orders of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) during elections in tribal districts. About 4,000 applications have been received so far and scrutiny of documents is underway. The CM was told that the process of sending of documents for verification will begin from August 20.

The chief minister was told that a new application is being prepared by the Directorate of Industries and Commerce for registration of new companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Mehmood Khan said interest-free loans will be given to the people of merged districts under Insaf Rozgar Scheme with the help of which they will start their own businesses. He said the tribal people must take full benefit of the loans and start their own business. He directed that an awareness campaign must be launched on print, electronic and social media to enable the people to take maximum benefit from the scheme. He also directed the deputy commissioners and officials of the sub-divisions of tribal districts to play their role in making the scheme successful.

The chief minister said the provincial government is taking all steps for development of tribal districts and promoting tourism and creating job opportunities in the areas. He said the tribal districts have come into national mainstream after merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and people of the area will have access to all facilities enjoyed by the people of rest of the country.