WANA: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reiterated that development of tribal areas is incumbent government’s top priority with special emphasis on the education sector and provision of livelihoods to the people of the areas.Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing a ceremony, announced that 3G and 4G internet service will be allowed in the region from today. PM Imran Khan was on a day long visit to the South Waziristan today for inaugurating different uplift projects for the tribal people.The Prime Minister said launch of high-speed internet was in line with bringing development in South Waziristan, an area that had long suffered the brunt of terrorism.Imran Khan mentioned that internet access in south Waziristan was previously denied due to security situation with the major apprehension that technology could be used by miscreants backed by India.
However, he said, after consultations with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI chief Lt.Gen. Faiz Hameed on security clearance, it was decided to launch the services to facilitate the residents particularly students as most educational institutions had started online classes.Imran Khan said the vision of his government was to uplift the underprivileged areas of S Waziristan and provide best opportunities to the local population in areas of education, health and employment. He regretted that tribal areas suffered immensely due to militancy in the past and said it was the time to compensate them by offering them facilities in all areas of life.While terming youth the biggest asset of the country, the Prime Minister said that apart from giving scholarship to the youth, schools, colleges, universities and technical institutes will be established in the tribal districts.Imran Khan said the loans under the Kamyab Jawan Program are just the beginning and its scope will be further expanded.
He said more funds will be poured into the program from next year so that more loans could be given to the people.The premier said that road infrastructure will also be built so that the farmers could easily take their produce to the markets. Referring to the potential of the area in the olive oil production, he said massive plantation will be started in the tribal areas from next month. He said this project will enhance the income level of the people and they will not require to find jobs in other cities.
The Prime Minister said that each family in the tribal districts will be provided with health insurance card under which they will be able to get medical treatment worth seven hundred thousand rupees per year.He while praising the people of the tribal areas, said that residents of Waziristan fought most wars against the British and several groups from here also took part in the 1965 war.It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan was on a day long visit to South Waziristan to launch several development projects.Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Information Kamran Bangash said that the Prime Minister also performed the ground breaking of the extension project of Cadet College Wana.He further said that the PM also distributed cheques amongst the deserving families under Ehsaas Kafalat program. On the occasion, he was briefed about the digital survey of Ehsaas program.Imran Khan also inaugurated a hospital laced with modern facilities at Mola Khan Sarai and also met the local notables there. NNI