UNDP Resident coordinator calls on AJK President Masood Khan

MUZAFFARABAD: The Unite Nation’s Resident Coordinator and Resident representative for UNDP for Pakistan Mr. Neel Boney held talks with AJK president Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan at President House on Tuesday.

Both leaders exchanged views regarding the Food security in Azad Kashmir, Disaster Management, Social welfare ,good Governance ,upholding of merit, transparency, self sufficiency in Energy sector, Improvement in Education system, Infrastructure, protection of Forest and wildlife, Health Facilities, Tourism, Hydro power generation, Telecommunication and employment in Azad Kashmir came under discussion.

The AJK President said the similarity is being witnessed the priorities of AJK government and the UN programs to a large extent and he welcomed the UN development coordinators and stakeholders in Azad Kashmir.

The President said that after 1974, the different UN Institutions are engaged in the developmental work of the liberated territory. He said the DFP, UNICEP, UNDP, UN HEBITAT, WHO and other sub institutions of UN played a great role after the devastated Earthquake of 2005 in Azad Kashmir and later in floods in 2010 rescued the lives of the people and provided relief to the affected people.

He said the AJK is a small peaceful region and is progressing with leaps and bounds and saying that we have very low ration of crime here as compare to other parts of the country.

The AJK President told the UN Resident coordinator that we have high literacy rate than other provinces of Pakistan and added that we have toil and hard worker human resource as well, While giving the details of ongoing development schemes and other figures of development, he said that there is great potential of hydro power generation in the rivers, waterfalls and streams in Azad Kashmir and saying that we are going to produce six to seven thousand Mega watts of power in future decade.

Masood said that we have no gender discrimination issue in AJK and we have high proportion of female students in universities and medical colleges with ratio of 70:30 as compare to male students.

He said there is no environmental issue in our territory and the environmental institutions are active in this regard to meet any possible issue President added.

The AJK Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Syed Asif Hussain, Secretary Higher Education Shahid Muhidin and Additional Secretary for presidential affairs Shazia Asharf were also present on the occasion.

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