NA: (Govt decides to hold census next month: NA told)

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that the government is implementing different projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which will benefit all the provinces.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that after completion, the western and eastern routes under CPEC will connect each other.

The minister said the government has decided to hold census next month. He said exercise for delimitation of constituencies would be carried out after the census, if required.

Replying to a question, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said National Highway Authority is planning to construct a road upto Tajikistan from Pakistan border. Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana told the House that a Russian company is laying pipeline in Pakistan from Karachi to Lahore for provision of LNG.

She said the 1100 kilometre long pipeline will be completed by end of next year at a cost of two billion dollars having 500 mmcfd. Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid expressed the confidence that recommendations on electoral reforms will soon be formulated by the committee concerned, which will be implemented in the next general elections.

During question hour today that sub-Committee has consolidated laws regarding elections and drafted unified election rules. He said sub-committee’s recommendations will be presented to the main committee headed by Finance Minister and then in the Parliament.

He said inputs regarding electoral reforms are being taken from all the stakeholders. Responding to a call attention notice moved by Khalida Mansoor and others regarding non-issuance of allotment letters for Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Works Sajid Mehdi said the matter has been resolved with the intervention of NAB.

He said work on the scheme will start within a month or two. He said it is the effort of the foundation to accommodate all the applicants. The House deferred “The National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill, 2015” after it was opposed by the opposition members.

Replying to the objections raised by the opposition members on the bill, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif said Council of Common Interests has cleared the bill before its introduction in the House. He said under the bill no new infrastructure is being built but the already existed ENERCON organization is being strengthened.

The Minister said the basic purpose of the bill is to stop wastage of electricity and save upto 2500 MW of energy through conservation and improved efficient use of energy.

He hoped that there will be no complaints of rigging in the elections with the implementation of the electoral reforms. The House held further debate on President’s address to the joint sitting of the Parliament.

Taking part in the debate, Murad Saeed said the government should focus on giving relief to the people. Mohammad Salman Baloch said action to eliminate corruption should be taken without any discrimination. MQM members staged a token walkout from the House to register their protest on increasing the prices of the medicines.

Babar Nawaz Khan said the KP government is pushing the opposition to the wall. He said no substantial development has taken place during the last three years in the province. Later, the House was adjourned to meet again today (Friday) at 10:30 a.m.