Cen­tre to fund 200 IT labs in AJK schools un­der ADP

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment would fund In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT) labs in 200 schools of Azad Jammu and Kash­mir (AJK) to equip the stu­dents with mod­ern skills. Th­ese labs are planned to be es­tab­lished in mid­dle and higher sec­ondary schools of AJK un­der An­nual De­vel­op­ment Plan (ADP) with fo­cus on spe­cial ar­eas.

Of­fi­cial sources while high­light­ing other fea­tures of ADP on Tues­day said skill train­ings in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines would also be im­parted to 1,500 work­ers, in­clud­ing 300 women. Eight tourist re­sorts are also planned to be de­vel­oped at po­ten­tial sites in AJK to pro­mote tourism while 200 km of ru­ral roads and 250 km of link roads will be con­structed and re­ha­bil­i­tated.

The sources said in next fis­cal year pri­or­ity has been ac­corded to on­go­ing schemes and projects of var­i­ous sec­tors which are near com­ple­tion to en­sure that ben­e­fits projects should reach the peo­ple. A num­ber of steps have been taken to en­sure max­i­mum de­cen­tral­iza­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tive and fi­nan­cial pow­ers, the sources said and added in the ADP, de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture and strength­en­ing of lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions have been em­pha­sized to en­hance ca­pac­ity of lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The eco­nomic po­ten­tial in ar­eas of hy­dropower, min­er­als tourism, agri­cul­ture, fish­eries and forestry will be uti­lized to en­sure sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme. Giv­ing fur­ther de­tails, the sources said 1200 en­trepreneurs are tar­geted to be pro­vided credit as­sis­tance, and two polytech­nic in­sti­tu­tions, two Res­cue 1122 cen­tres and 70 ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions will be es­tab­lished.

More­over, the agri­cul­tural in­puts and mi­cro cred­its fa­cil­i­ties will be pro­vided to farm­ers to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity of agri­cul­ture sec­tor. The de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme for the next fis­cal year pro­poses Rs 42,969 mil­lion for spe­cial ar­eas and of the total al­lo­ca­tion Rs 42,000 mil­lion has been ear­marked as block al­lo­ca­tion, and lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion has been au­tho­rized to al­lo­cate funds to re­spec­tive sec­tors ac­cord­ing to their needs.

The sources said Rs 158 mil­lion has been set aside for projects re­flected in Nar­cotics Con­trol Di­vi­sion for ar­eas de­vel­op­ment projects, Rs 811 mil­lion for In­te­rior Di­vi­sion for ru­ral ar­eas of Is­lam­abad Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (ICT) and spe­cial pack­ages for mil­i­tancy af­fected ar­eas of Malakand, Dera Is­mail Khan, Swat and other such ar­eas. Re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ment in Gil­git Baltistan (GB), the sources said 40 km of black­top roads and 40 km of sin­gle roads are to be con­structed.

In ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, 58 projects are tar­geted for com­ple­tion in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of new schools, col­leges and li­braries. The other schemes in­clude 15km long ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels are to be con­structed and 20km ex­ist­ing chan­nels will be im­proved and re­paired.

In en­ergy sec­tor, 12 hy­dro power projects are near com­ple­tion for 15 MW hy­del gen­er­a­tion, and 220km dis­tri­bu­tion lines will be laid down. The pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion of Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (FATA) war­rants spe­cial at­ten­tion for in­vest­ment for an over­all de­vel­op­ment of FATA with more fo­cus on so­cial sec­tor de­vel­op­ment.

More­over, the FATA Ad­min­is­tra­tion is also deal­ing with re­con­struc­tion of dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture due to pre­vail­ing in­sur­gency and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion chal­lenge of Tem­po­rary Dis­placed Per­sons (TDPs) in FATA.—APP

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