Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2019
Published in Category: Islamabad

Agriculture emergency declared to enhance productivity of this sector, NA informed

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that Naya Pakistan Housing Authority Bill will soon be laid before the Parliament for approval.

Minister for Housing Tariq Bashir Cheema told the House during question hour, that this authority will provide one window facility to facilitate the private sector to invest in this mega project for construction of five million houses.

He said the Prime Minister has launched the housing projects in Islamabad, Quetta and Okara, and construction work on the sites will soon commence.

Tariq Bashir Cheema said that five billion rupees have been allocated to provide interest free loans to those who cannot build their houses. He estimated that per unit cost of each housing unit under this project will be three million rupees. He said 2.7 million rupees will be provided to the people in loans through banks to construct the houses. He said Naya Pakistan Housing Programme will be executed keeping in view the codal formalities.

Minister for Power Omer Ayub told the House that the government plans to install concentrated solar power plants in Balochistan. For this purpose, we are also in negotiations with Saudi Arabia. He said we also plan to establish small water reservoirs in Balochistan.

Omer Ayub said unlike the previous governments, the Prime Minister Imran Khan only inaugurates those projects, for which solid funding is available.

Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security Mohammad Ameer Sultan told the House that present government has declared agriculture emergency in the country to enhance the productivity of this important sector. He said we have allocated 284 billion rupees for thirteen agriculture related projects to bolster the yield of major crops.

Responding to a call attention notice, Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar told the House that State Bank of Pakistan has started a scheme with the funding of World Bank to provide loans to the farmers below the market rates through microfinance banks. He said nine billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose.

Four bills were introduced in the House on Wednesday. These include “The Islamabad Capital Territory Domestic Workers Bill, 2019”, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019”, (Article 51 and 59), “The Protection of Persons against forced Religious Conversion Bill, 2019” and “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2019”.

Meanwhile the opposition parties on Wednesday staged protest after Prime Minister Imran Khan left the National Assembly session without addressing the lawmakers. PM Imran Khan arrived in the house at 11:40 AM and left the house at 12:40 PM. PML-N and PPP members chanted “Go Imran Go” slogans when Imran Khan left the National Assembly session. The treasury members did not respond the slogans of opposition. The House will now meet today (Thursday) at 2:00 PM.

Earlier on Wednesday, while responding to a question of reporter ahead of the NA session, the PM said that ruling the state is easier than sitting in the opposition.

The premier also chaired session of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Parliamentary Party in Islamabad and discussed political and financial situation in the country. He also expressed anger over the members for being late for the meeting.