Dateline Peshawar Report
PESHAWAR: A five member team of (United Nation Development of Pakistan) UNDP Tuesday visited the small-community based schemes completed under the RAHA-Khyber Paktunkhwa Program in Union Council Khazana district Peshawar.
The visiting team was headed by Mohammad Younas, Deputy Chief & senior program advisor UNDP regional bearue/Specific. Other team members, were included the UNDP Assistant Country Director, Rabia Khattak, Additional Secretary P&D/National Program Director, RAHA-KP program Tahir Orakzai, Provincial Program Manager RAHA-KP, Syed Shukriya. The Assistant Commissioner, Peshawar Sardar Asad, ACC Naseer Khan and RAHA-KP regional staff also accompanied with the visiting UNDP team. On the occasion, Ms Shukriya briefed about a number of schemes executed under the RAHA-KP, appreciated the well-coordinated efforts of the members of villages and community level organistions in identifying the issues of locals.
An interactive session was also held between RAHA-team, government officials, notables and beneficiaries of the Union Council Khazana, Peshawar on the occasion. The notables and beneficiaries have appreciated the RAHA project for resolution of their local issues on need basis, and put forward several suggestions and proposals for filling deficiencies and shortcoming regarding provision of facilities.
The team visited the small-irrigation channel in village Garhi Umar, UCs Khanaza Payan, which constructed at cost of Rs1.9million to irrigate about 2000 acre agriculture lands in the area. Similarly, a flood protection measuring 1000 feet long was also built at cost of Rs.3.4million under the Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas RAHA-KP program.
While speaking the notables of the UC Khazana Payan Peshawar, Mohammad Younas praised the level of engagement amongst the locals and administration, particularly satisfaction over the development-work carried under the RAHA-KP program. “We endeavor to bridge gaps and build linkages between the community and local administration for long-term solution of their problems, Mr Younas said. He informed that UNDP program has mainly focused on small-scale need basis schemes on identified by local community and organisations at village level.
Rabia Khattak, Assistant Director UNDP Pakistan, said that the significance of donors-funded RAHA-program is high in mitigating issues and problems of Afghan refugees hosting areas, which is being executed in six district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The RAHA-KP, she said, has played integral in resolution of local issues on needs basis in the refugees affected region of the province.
Tahir Orakzai informed that program has only mandated to assist small-scale schemes in the refugees affected areas of KP, while the allocation for mega development projects was being made by Annual Development Program, District Development and other heads. He stressed the need for bridging linkages between the community and local administration.
Later, the UNDP team visited the irrigation channel, flood protection walls, and streets pavement, completed under the RAHA-KP program in UCs Khazana Peshawar.