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Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif told the House that the present government has added 2665 MW additional electricity in the system during the last three years.

Taking part in the debate on the budget, he said 600 MW of electricity has also been rehabilitated from the existing units during this period.

The Minister said the government is making hectic efforts that there is not load-shedding during Sehr and Iftar times.

He said electricity supply and demand gap has decreased almost half than in the previous government.

Khawaja Asif said 36 billion dollars are being invested on energy plants under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

He said the government is completing several energy projects.

He told the House that on completion of these projects 11000 MW additional electricity will be added to the national grid and total generation capacity will reach 31000 MW by 2018.

He pointed out that Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project will be completed by August next year, 1320 MW Port Qasim project by June 2018 and Tarbela-IV by June next year.

National Assembly also resumed discussion on next financial years' budget.

Taking part in the debate, Pervaiz Malik appreciated the performance of the Ministry of Finance for taking proposals from business community before preparing the budget.

He said a comprehensive package has been given in the budget for development of agriculture sector.

He lauded the government for earmarking a huge amount for Public Sector Development Programme. He pointed out that increase in salaries of government employees and up-gradation of various posts are good measures.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan said there should be no discrimination in duration of load-shedding for urban and rural areas. He said the circular debt is again increasing.

Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui pointed out that residence of senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar was besieged yesterday in Karachi. He alleged MQM is being victimized. MQM also staged a token walkout from the House.

Nawab Yusuf Talpur in his speech said that agriculture is backbone of economy and this sector cannot be ignored.

Appreciating concessions given on fertilizers he said sales tax in agriculture sector should be abolished for growth of this sector. He criticized for allocating less funds for development in Sindh Province.  

Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal criticized the opposition members for making political statements instead of giving concrete proposals for improving the economy during the budget debates.

He said 3600 MW LNG based electricity will be added in the national grid. He said PML-N Government believes in practical work for the betterment of the country rather than raising hollow slogans. He said Government is taking practical steps to eliminate corruption.

Participating in the debate, Shah Jee Gul Afridi stressed the need for making the Gwadar Port fully operational at the earliest.

Shafqat Mahmood alleged that fake and fudged figures have been provided in the budget especially of GDP growth, direct and indirect taxes.          

Tahira Aurangzeb said International Financial Institutions have acknowledged that economy in Pakistan is improving.


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