The National Assembly was told today that under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) programme, 13 projects worth around $11 billion have been completed.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Kanwal Shauzab told the House during question hour that an additional thirteen CPEC-related projects worth eighteen billion dollars are underway, while twenty-one billion dollars are underway.
The Parliamentary Secretary said 46 percent of work has been completed on the Gwadar East Bay expressway. She said that with the Chinese grant, New Gawadar International Airport is being built.
She said it’s going to be Pakistan’s largest airport.
Parliamentary Secretary of Commerce Aliya Hamza Malik told the house that in the first five months of the current fiscal year the country’s exports increased by 4.79 percent. She said our trade deficit has been reduced by 35%, which is a great victory.
In response to Ali Nawaz Awan’s attention notice, Power Minister Umer Ayub told the house that the tariff structure is being revised for the tube wells electricity connections intended for community-based supply schemes.
In this regard, he said talks are continuing with the NEPRA and the revised system would bring down the tariff of power for these tube wells.
Minister for Power Umer Ayub replied to another calling attention notice that three hundred million rupees were approved for upgrading a grid station in Chitral District and electrifying adjacent areas there.
He said the PTI government is committed to Chitral’s growth.
Minister of Communications Murad Saeed, speaking at the National Assembly today, said that the benefits of the country’s economic stability achieved in 2019 will now be passed to the people.
He pointed out that Sehat Insaaf Card scheme has been launched by the government under which card holders can receive up to seven hundred and twenty thousand rupees in the public and private hospitals.
He said the process has been initiated to distribute 5.7 million Sehat Insaf cards. In March this year, 53480 people will receive these cards in the federal capital.
He said these cards will be issued over the current year to all families in tribal districts.
The minister said a relief package worth six billion rupees has now been launched by the government through utility stores to provide people with essential commodities at reduced rates.
He said we began the Panagahs program to provide shelter for people in need of it in the city.