Published On: Sat, Jan 4th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Govt spends Rs 28 bln on telecommunication facilities in remote areas

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that twenty eight billion rupees have so far been spent from the Universal Service Fund to provide access to the people in un-served and underserved rural areas of the country to.

Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman told the house during question hour that the USF is active since 2006 and the utility of this fund has not been changed.

She said the present government is endeavoring to further expand reach of telecommunication services to the un-served areas.

Minister of State for Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar told the house that the committee formed to suggest reforms in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council will finalize its report within a week time. She said reforms in the council will be carried out as per the recommendations of the committee.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the house that about 12035 post offices are currently functional in the country and the government plans to open seven hundred and thirty more post offices. There are also plans to upgrade the facilities at the existing post offices in different union councils.

He said directions have been issued to the Pakistan Post to enhance its efficiency and provide better services to its customers.