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Mid-Career Management Officers team from Peshawar calls on secretary SERRA

MUZAFFARABAD: (Parliament Times) A team of Mid-Career Management Officers from Peshawar called on Secretary SERRA Sardar Muhammad Farooq Tabassum here on Wednesday.
Briefing the officers on reconstruction programme in AJK, Farooq told them that the survivors of Oct 8 catastrophe are being provided facilities better than before under ERRA’s vision of Build Back Better in education, health, governance, water and sanitation, communication and environment sectors.
“To turn this tragedy into opportunity ERRA teams made strenuous efforts day and night. The standard of life of the people improved” he said. However, he explained that to maintain international standard facilities in education, health and other sectors ERRA is facing the challenge of additional budget. We are taking it up at different forums, he added.
On this occasion Director Planning Abid Ghani Mir told the delegation that that ERRA was facing difficulties in completing the ongoing projects due to paucity of funds. Tenders could not be issued for construction of more than 600 educational institutions, he noted. Construction work is at different stages for 600 other projects for which federal government is being contacted for funds. He said there is no slackness on our part. We would have handed over these projects to concerned authorities if funds were made available to us, he remarked. He said projects constructed under reconstruction programme have been completed under building codes. Mir said Kashmiris living abroad in different countries rendered great services for construction of educational institutions and hospitals.
Still thousands of children are forced to study in open as they have no schools and colleges. Some of them are in worst condition as they have no shelter over them.

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