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Govt committed to provide cheap electricity to consumers: NA told
December 10, 2019

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Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub Khan has expressed government’s commitment to provide cheap electricity to consumers and about 8,000 megawatts will be generated through solar and wind energy projects by 2025 at a rate of less than 6.5 rupees per unit.

He was responding to a Call Attention notice regarding charging of fuel surcharge in electricity bills from the people of Malakand region despite the generation of electricity through four power Houses in the area.

Omar Ayub Khan said we are pursuing a policy to generate 70 to 80 percent of energy from domestic resources to provide cheap electricity to consumers.

He said the government is following an equitable distribution of resources, including energy, among all parts of the country.  He said we have allocated 54 billion rupees in the budget to provide relief to those consumers, who use less than 300 units.

The House today unanimously passed a resolution condemning the legislation passed by the Indian Lok Sabha relating to amendment in the Indian Citizenship Act in contradiction of all international human rights and international human rights laws.

The resolution was moved by Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari.

Parliamentarians from both sides of the aisle have strongly called for restoration of students union in the country.

They expressed these views, while participating in the discussion over a bill titled “The Higher Education Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2019” moved by Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said that restoration of student unions is vital to end polarization and violence on campus. She said ban on student unions campus has inflected a negative impact on the education environment.

Minister for Planning Asad Umar said that students had played a great role in Pakistan Movement and same zeal is required to take country forward.

Communication Minister Murad Saeed said that students unions provide future leadership of the country as a number of political leaders have come from this process.

Minister for State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhamad Khan said Prime Minister Imran Khan is a great admirer of student politics but prime objective of the students on campus should be education.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said that there is no harm in reviving students politics on campus but it should also be taken in view that young minds cannot be misled.

Riaz Fatyana said it is the student federation from where middle class leadership emerges and ideological politics flourishes.  He, however, said steps should be taken to avoid violence on campus.

Nafeesa Shah said student unions and student wings of political parties should be separated. She proposed an all parties conference should be convened to have a detailed discussion over restoration of student unions.

The House will now meet on Friday at 10:30 a.m.


(Akram/Abdul Rehman)