AJK PM stresses early completion of 1700 schools
Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Majid Friday stressed for expedited completion of 1700 boys and girls schools under construction in various districts of AJK so that students should take benefit of quality education at their doorsteps.
Talking to Deputy Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) Maj. Gen. Muhammad Asif Azeem , the AJK Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the pace of work and appreciated the completion of various development projects in Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Dhirkot and Rawalakot. Deputy Chairman apprised the AJK Prime Minister about the under construction and new planned projects in AJK cities and rural areas.
At the occasion he said that due to budget constraints and Chinese counterpart funds allocation is causing slow pace of work.
At the occasion AJK Prime Minister assured that he will call on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Planning Commission high ups to plead early release of required funds for the projects. AJK PM agreed that due to paucity of funds projects construction is slow which also resulted in cost escalation.
Deputy Chairman said that ERRA needs extra Rs. 15 billion for speedy completion of schools projects in AJK. He urged that if federal government increases fiscal allocation by Rs. 20 billion then it will helpful for the other projects completion.
During the meeting Deputy Chairman told the AJK Prime Minister that more than six thousands projects including infrastructure, roads, schools, colleges, water supply schemes, livelihoods etc have been completed. ERRA has planned to construct 85 new projects which will cost Rs.27 billion, he added.
Deputy Chairman said that development of various facilities including sports stadiums, community centers and elaborate water and sewerage system will further improve the quality of life in the urban areas.