KP govt offers better pay, perks to medics serving in remote areas

Source: Published in Politics on Friday, December 18, 2015

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced the enhanced salary packages for doctors opting to work in remote areas and unveiled lucrative package for industrialists to attract investors.

The measures aimed to improve health delivery system in periphery level healthcare facilities and attract investment in the form of industries in the province.

The cabinet approved Industrial Policy 2015 and special incentive package for doctors employed in urban and rural areas of the province.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak chaired the meeting.

Also announces incentives for industrialists to attract investment

The new policy and package don’t offer incentives for skilled labours and technical staff like paramedic staff and nurses.

Elementary and secondary education minister Atif Khan and health minister Shahram Khan Tarakai addressed a joint news conference and gave details of the decisions of the cabinet’s meeting.

The new industrial policy has been designed with the cooperation of a foreign consultancy firm after making assessment of industrial units in 10 districts of the province and meetings with owners of sick industrial units and other stakeholders.

Under the propped policy, investors will get five per cent interest on financing for five years for new and expansion projects and will be entitled to the incentive till June 2017.

It suggests 25 per cent discount on acquisition on land for establishing new industrial estate besides getting 25 per cent refund of electricity bill for three years on special and unique units.

Investors will also receive 25 per cent discount on transportation of new imported machinery and 25 per cent grant of equity investment for women entrepreneurs subject to the maximum of Rs3 million per investor.

Mr Atif, who owns industrial units, said the new policy was aimed at provision of jobs to unemployed youths, promotion of the units for which raw material was locally available, and availability of skilled manpower.

“The new policy will be game changer for industrial sector of the province where 478 units had been declared sick,” he said, adding that the focus of the policy was construction of hydro power projects in the province.

The minister said KP had the potential to generate approximately 24000MW hydel power.

He said new industrial units would be established in less developed areas of the province in order to address the issue of poverty.

The minister said the new dry ports and hard terminals would be constructed and apart from establishing new economic zones steps would be taken for the revisal of sick units.

He said the new policy had been worked to get maximum benefits from China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Highlighting silent features for incentives for doctors working in the government hospitals, minister Shahram Tarakai said additional cost of the package would be over Rs4 billion.

He said the new package would motivate doctors to serve in hard areas of the province.

“Handsome pay motivates people and that is why the government announced salary package for doctors,” said the minister adding that the government had planned to install state of the art equipment in the district headquarters hospitals.

He said doctors would not serve in far-flung areas without giving them attractive package.

He said that all districts had been divided in three categories on the basis of available human resources and geographical conditions. Peshawar and Abbottabad have been put in Category-A, Nowshera, Swat, Kohat, Mardan, Bannu, Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan, Lower Dir, Haripur, Mansehra, Malakand and Swabi in Category-B and Buner, Batagram, Chitral, Upper Dior, Hangu, Karak, Kohistan, Lakki Marwat, Shangla and Torghar had been put in Category-C.

Shahram said that existing health professional allowance had been increased which had been raised from Rs10,000 to Rs15,000. He said that doctors having specialization in radiology, pathology and anesthesia in Category-A would receive Rs80,000, Rs100,000 for Category-B and Rs140,000 for Category-C.

Professional allowance for medical officers and dental surgeons was Rs15,000.

Under the new package, doctors in Category-A will get Rs42,000 in urban areas and Rs52,000 in rural areas.

Doctors in Category-B districts will receive Rs62,000 in urban areas and Rs72,000 in rural areas, while those in Category-C districts will get Rs82,000 in urban and Rs92,000 in rural areas.

Package for health managers in Category-A doctors has been fixed at Rs56,000, those in Category-B Rs76,000 and those in Category-C Rs96,000.

The cabinet also approved the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Antiquities Act, 2015.

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