PESHAWAR: People from various communities have urged the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial government and local government departments to admit non-local employees from a project initiated by an international donor in merged districts to create awareness among tribal populations regarding upcoming local body polls.
Political activists, civil society and other members of the tribal areas expressed profound concern over the selection of individuals seen as “favourites” on slots of district coordinator, Youth Ambassador and dozens of others under the UNDP project known as “Safeer Baldiat Project”.
It was learned that about 40% of the staff of the project are non-locals and they have been selected on basis of nepotism and favouritism instead of prioritizing tribal populations. Dozens of candidates have been taken from out of the stations, which is clear violation and contradiction of the federal and provincial governments’ promises to hire local tribals in different projects.
The concerned local government office denied all allegations and claimed that it had hired “90 percent local persons” but for some of the seats they simply could not find the right person in the relevant districts.
Local activists rejected all such claims and told Pukhtun Nama that there are well educated males and females available locally but the hiring company and local government officers were pressurized by political figures.