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NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) meets
Wednesday, 8th September, 2021


Islamabad; September 8th, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of SAFRON, S-Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.
2. The Committee was briefed on the implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee in detail.
3. The Secretary, Agriculture Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa briefed the Committee on the agenda. The Members of the Committee showed its displeasure that the attached departments under the Agriculture Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa do not consult the Parliamentarians on development schemes in their constituencies. It was further pointed out that the concerned departments only take on board the Members of Provincial Assembly belonging to merged districts on development schemes in newly merged areas (Erstwhile FATA), however, the Rs. 54 Billion budget allocated to the newly merged areas (Erstwhile FATA) by the Federal Government so it is the responsibility of Head of Departments to consult the MNAs from newly merged areas (Erstwhile FATA) on each development scheme in their constituencies. Thereafter, the Committee recommended that a meeting would be convened on the Provincial Head Quarter Peshawar, for briefing of the Committee on the development schemes and other related activities in Erstwhile FATA.
4. The District Police Officer, District Khyber also briefed the Committee over the duties and the responsibilities of Khasadar and Levies in detail. He informed the Committee that 64% Khasadar and Levies Force completed the special Training imparting by the Army and Police. He further said that after getting the specialized training they are deputing and performing well. The Committee also showed its great concern on lake of coordination between Police and Public representatives. The Committee advised DPO to ensure respect for public representatives.
5. The Committee was also briefed over the distribution policy of Medical Seats in public sector Medical Colleges in detail. It was pointed out during the meeting that last year FR Lakki and FR D.I.Khan  were not given a single MBBS seat which is injustice with concerned Frontier Regions. However, the Additional Secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs Department and Vice Chancellor, Khyber Medical University informed the Committee that for the next session 2021-22 have proposed amendments in the admission policy wherein proposed five seats of MBBS and two seats BDS for each Frontier Regions (FR).      
6. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi and Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.

(Muhammad Saleem Wains)
Secretary Committee