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By Intikhab Amir
PESHAWAR – The Pakistani government plans to spend Rs. 16 billion (US $170m) on development projects in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in fiscal year 2012-13, according to Dr. Tashfeen Khan, additional chief secretary of FATA.
“The new FATA annual development programme (ADP) will contribute toward the integration of the tribal areas into the national political and economic mainstream by improving the socio-economic conditions of the masses and reducing poverty,” he said.
The ADP projects include Rs. 10.6 billion (US $112m) for on-going development projects and Rs. 4.1 billion (US $42.9m) for new projects, which would focus on education, communications, health, regional development, irrigation, and public health engineering.