Media enclave in Peshawar to be set up on 1,000 kanals: CM
PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak and Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani here Monday paid glowing tributes to Peshawar Press Club (PPC) on its golden jubilee celebration.
They have said that constructive and significant role played by this journalists body for promotion of democracy, education, peace, information and politics would serve as a golden chapter in journalism history of the country.
Those who paid glowing tributes to PPC on completion of its 50 years golden jubilee celebrations including Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, Information Minister KP, Mustaq Ahmed Ghani, President of Federal Union of Journalists, Afzal Butt, senior journalists, Rahimullah Yousfzai, Hamid Mir and President of PPC Nasir Hussain during a function hosted by PPC at a local hotel to celebrate the golden jubilee celebrations of Peshawar Press Club established at Municipal Committee at Chowk Yadar at 1964.
The Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said his Government has always welcomed positive and constructive criticism, urging the journalists to highlight the achievements of his government that would certainly encourage Govt officials.
He said Govt has launched scores of reforms and projects for well being of masses and urged the journalists community to inform the Govt in case of any defects and loopholes in development projects so that strict action should be taken against the corrupt elements.
The Chief Minister said implementation on projects for welfare of journalists community have been started and a Media Enclave would be set-up on 1000 kanal land where all the modern facilities would be provided to journalists, photographers and persons associated with media industry. Pervez Khattak said his Government was well aware of the problems of journalists community and assured to take strict action against owners of those newspapers and media houses who refused to implement the labour laws.
For sustained development, the Chief Minister said massive improvement in the prevailed system was required for which PTI Govt was focusing on legislations, good governance, merit policy and elimination of corruption.
He said Right of Information Act (RTI) was passed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under which every persons can get access to information, adding its was mandatory for the officials concerned to provide required information to the persons within 15 days. He said political interference was discouraged in public sector department besides significant reduction in corruption that resulted massive improvement in working of the Govt departments and resolution of public problems.
Under Right to Service Act, he said, domiciles and driving licenses etc would be issued to the applicants within 15 days otherwise heavy fine would be imposed on the Govt officials following expire of the mandatory period.
He said a Govt would soon introduce a bill under which restrictions would be imposed on lawmakers, ministers, Govt officials and even on the Chief Minister by not taking personal monetary benefits from their officials’ positions in regard to their selected business. Severe punishment would be imposed against such violators in the law.
He said a new Accountability Commission in KP has been formed with a mandate to make corruption officials accountable for their wrong doings, adding the Commission has the power to make even the Chief Minister accountable and negotiate inquiry against him.
This commission is not for a political victimization but for reformation, ensuring good governance and establishment of corruption free society.