Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019
Published in Category: Education / Islamabad

Senate passes resolution recommending extension of PM’s Scholarship Programme

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday passed a resolution recommending that the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme for the students of Balochistan be extended for further five years.

It was moved by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Mohammad Shahi. The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) bill, 2019’ was laid before the house. The chair referred the bill to the standing committee concerned.

The House also passed three more resolutions. The second resolution recommended that the government should retain the Headquarters of Pakistan International Airlines in Karachi, rather than relocating it to Islamabad.

The third resolution recommended that the Government should devise an efficient and effective mechanism to measure the performance of commercial counselors, commercial secretaries and trade ministers posted in Pakistan’s Missions abroad.

The fourth resolution recommended that the examinations of Central Superior Services (CSS) may also be taken in national Urdu language along with English.

The House on Monday passed “The Pakistan Courier and Logistics Regulatory Authority Bill, 2018”. The bill moved by Senator Khushbakht Shujat.

Minister for Petroleum Division Omer Ayub has said that petroleum prices in Pakistan are less than those in the regional countries including India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Winding up discussion on an adjournment motion regarding recent increase in the price of petroleum products in the Senate, he said the government did not pass on the actual impact of the international increase in the prices of petroleum products to the people and provided relief of 58 billion rupees. He said we have also reduced petroleum development levy and sales tax on petroleum products.

Omer Ayub said the issue of circular debt will be overcome by December next year. He said the efforts are afoot to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to thirty percent by 2030.

Earlier, Opposition members criticized the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products saying this has resulted in price hike of essential items.

Those who spoke on the occasion, Mushtaq Ahmed, Sitara Ayaz, Rukhsana Zuberi, Pervaiz Rashid and Usman Kakar. The House has now been prorogued.