ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Nausheen Hamid on Wednesday told the National Assembly that a piece of land had been acquired for the construction of King Hamad Nursing University in the federal capital.
“Bahrain will provide 13.26 million dollars for the construction of this university,” Nausheen Hamid said during a session of the NA in Islamabad.
She said basic health units are being upgraded in the capital. She told the house that Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had been replaced with Pakistan Medical Commission to ensure efficient regulatory operations.
The commission would ensure quality medical education and transparency in medical colleges, she said.
Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to build five million houses to provide shelter to the low income groups.
Responding to the queries of the members during question hour in the National Assembly, he said Naya Pakistan Housing Authority had been established and it was being headed by the Prime Minister Imran Khan himself.
He said the aim of establishment of the authority was to provide homes to the low income groups at affordable rates.
The minister said efforts were in hand to bring down the interest rate for construction of homes to single digit. In this regard, discussions with the Federal Bank of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan and Commercial Banks were in process.
Tariq Bashir Cheema said Japan and Italy had almost agreed to provide Pakistan a handsome amount of grant which would be used to provide houses to the federal government employees below the scale of 15 on 50 percent subsidy.
Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Aliya Hamza Malik told the house that one billion dollars investment had been attracted in the automobiles sector over the last one and a half years.
She said 18 new entrants had entered the Pakistani market whilst six manufacturers had started production of vehicles locally.