Federal Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting here on Tuesday to discuss matters relating to up-gradation of school and college teachers in FATA.

Additional Chief Secretary FATA Secretariat briefed the meeting on the proposed up-gradation of the teachers of FATA and stated that the issue had remained unresolved since 2012 and was creating unrest among the teachers of the area. He stated that over 20,000 teachers all over FATA would benefit from the up-gradation.

The Finance Minister on this occasion stated that the present government had resolved a number of lingering issues. Education and teachers’ welfare is a priority of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said that teachers should be appropriately compensated for their services to the society. He said that the delay in timely decision making had created a huge financial liability, however in order to resolve the issue and meet the longstanding demand of the teachers of FATA, the Federal Government agrees to the up-gradation of teachers in accordance with the 4-tier formula, with effect from 01.07.2012. He directed the Finance Division and FATA Secretariat to work out the modalities of implementation of the decision.

Public Representatives of FATA thanked the Finance Minister for resolving the longstanding issue. They invited attention of the Finance Minister towards rehabilitation of TDPs and reconstruction in affected areas of FATA. Finance Minister assured that rehabilitation of TDPs and reconstruction of FATA is priority and priority and financial resources required for the purpose are being provided to FATA secretariat without any delay. The Government would ensure full rehabilitation of people of FATA, the Finance Minister said.

Minister for States & Frontier Regions, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Senators and MNAs of FATA, senior officials of Ministry of Finance, States & Frontier Regions Division and FATA Secretariat attended the meeting.