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The Senate passed a resolution on Monday with majority recommending the government to provide eight billion rupees for conversion of tubewells to solar energy in Balochistan for agricultural purposes.

The resolution was moved by Mir Kabeer Ahmad Muhammad Shahi.

Opposing the resolution, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif said the government is ready to provide all possible assistance to the Balochistan Government if it comes with the comprehensive package.

The House also passed another resolution recommending the government to supply natural gas to the residents of Circles Lora, Baghan, Bakot and Upper and Lower Galyat on priority basis.

The House held discussion on ways and means to stop smuggling and control its adverse effects on economy on a motion moved by Chaudhary Tanvir Khan.

The members called for effective mechanism to check smuggling, which is adversely affecting Pakistan's economy.

They stressed the need for installing a special custom border forces, satellite monitoring, checking misuse of Afghan Transit Trade and generating economic activities in border areas.

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said that safety and security, ethics, civil values, tolerance, religious harmony and meeting the challenges of national calamities are being taught in the curriculum of various subjects evolved for educational institutions of Islamabad.

He was winding up discussion on a motion moved by Chaudhary Tanvir Khan.

He said curriculum of Class-I to VIII for the next year is being reviewed to make it more comprehensive and effective. He said curriculum of schools of the private sector attached with the Islamabad Capital Territory will also be reviewed.

The Minister of State said the government will also consider the proposal of giving NCC training in educational institutions.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Sehar Kamran, Abdul Qayyum and Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini.

On another motion moved by Mian Attique Shaikh, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said that the government is taking steps to fulfill water needs of the residents of Islamabad Capital Territory.

He said water supply is being made from Simli Dam to the residents of Islamabad while Rawal Dam's water is used for the consumption of the residents of Rawalpindi. He said feasibility has been completed for Chirah Dam to overcome water shortage in the federal capital.

The Minister of State said a project to bring water from Ghazi Barotha is also under study and if approved it will be sufficient to fulfill water needs of Islamabad for next forty to fifty years.

The House will now meet on Tuesday at three pm.


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