People of all walks of life expressed grave concerns over poor performance of Small and Medium Development Authority (SMEDA) as it had rejected hundreds of applications of affected tribesmen submitted for ERKF grant. Despite the fact that business related activities were greatly suffered in tribal regions during the ongoing war against terrorism; however SMEDA established to help tribal people financially failed elders of Mullagori area of Jamrud revealed. Multi Donor Fund Project which is going on for the last two years under the World Bank supervision. The aim of the project was to help those traders of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, whose industries and trades were affected from poor law and order condition, floods and other natural calamity, they said and adding hundreds of applications were rejected without any known reasons. Few among the applicants had received the financial package to rehabilitate the business but it was not enough. Malik Luqman of Fata Democratic Movement , Gul Nawaz Mohmand , Tribal NGOs Consortiums Zar Ali Khan, a member of Mullagori Marbel Association Iftikhar Khan and Noor Islam said that beside industrial units, the fund could be utilized in agriculture, forest, social sector and other departments. However FATA Secretariat could run the ERKF project efficiently in tribal belt and its units are present there, they remarked. They demanded that the project to be delivered to FATA Secretariat in order to strengthen business related activities and help people financially.
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