ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that presently no load-shedding is being carried out in the country except some areas of Balochistan where load-shedding is being carried out due to local constraints.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House during question hour that during the coming months’ maximum of four to six hours load-shedding will be made due to lower production of electricity in the hydel sector.
To a question, the Minister of State said government is taking different measures to control electricity theft in the country. He said a special task force has been constituted and field survey is underway to check the kunda connections.
He said that FIRs are being registered against those involved in energy theft. He said earlier it was a bail-able offence but it will be made a non bail-able offence and Council of Common Interests has given approval in this regard. He said after the approval of the Cabinet it will be implemented in letter and spirit.
Replying to a question, Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah said that government is taking measures to provide more facilities to the pilgrims and reducing their financial burden. He said the extra Hajj expenditures are being waved off in this regard.
He said that the Hajj operation 2013 has successfully been completed and no major complaint regarding problems faced by Hujjaj has been received. He said 11500 minor complaints were received that were addressed appropriately.
To a question, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar told the House that legislation work is underway to address the issues regarding pharmacists. She said the bill will be introduced in the House within three months.
She said the government is also working to check and control the functioning of the unregistered health laboratories and quacks.
To a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Ports and Shipping Mian Imtiaz Ahmad told the House that Special Economic Zone will be set up at Gwadar under the vision of the Prime Minister. He said the zone will be exempted from tax for twenty years. He said there will be no duty on raw material and the foreign investors will be ensured complete protection.
He said that work on Gwadar Port started in 2004 while it was formally inaugurated in 2007. He said work is underway on the project and remaining phases will be completed in a short period of time.
Meanwhile Member elect Maulana Muhammad Agha of JUI-F took oath as Member of National Assembly. Deputy Speaker administered the oath.
The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad with Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the chair.