PESHAWAR: Of the Rs144 billion under the total annual development programme (ADP), the Local Government and Rural Development (LG&RD) Department has completed potable drinking water supply and solid waste management schemes worth Rs97 billion.

During a briefing for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Faisal Amin Gandapur here on Thursday, local government secretary Shakeel Ahmed said that the department had set aside Rs32 billion for local development.

An official statement said that the minister who took charge this week was informed that under the Area Development Plan, major schemes were being implemented with allocation of Rs111 billion.

The minister was also apprised of the four major organs working under the department, namely Directorate General of Local Government, Local Council Board, Area Development Authorities and Foreign Aided Projects besides development portfolios and ongoing projects.

Mr Shakeel said the department was making every effort to ensure transparent and judicious use of these funds in the largest public interest.

Similarly, he said, TMAs in all urban areas of the province, including merged districts, were being made functional under Local Council Board while Area Development Authorities’ Board was streamlined to improve the performance of the relevant development authorities.

Published in Dawn, December 3rd, 2021

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