More than 350 households of village Barkana and Chakat, district Shangla got uninterrupted electricity supply from newly established 2 Micro Hydro Power units (MHPs). The areas had been without power supply since 2010 flashflood. Deputy Commissioner Shangla inaugurated the 100 kw MHP unit in BarKana and 30 kw unit in Chaka. These MHPs have been completed under EU funded PEACE programme for Malakand Division.
The representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and UNDP stressed the need for adopting innovative ways to address the issues of unemployment and lack of livelihood opportunities in the merged districts. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of Finance and Planning Taimur Jhagra and resident representative of UNDP Ignacio Artaza were speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate vocational training for 500 youth from the merged districts of Khyber, North and South Waziristan. The train ing is being organized at the Human Resource Centre of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in Hayatabad. The six-month training is being funded by the USAID through UNDP in a project being implemented by the SRSP in the three districts. The youth are being imparted training in different trades including solar panel, auto mechanic, motorcycle, refrigeration and air-condition repairing. The trainings are certified by the City and Guild London.