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At the outset, the House offered Fateha for the departed soul of a student who was shot dead at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan yesterday.

The National Assembly was informed on Friday that the government has devised a comprehensive Recruitment Policy and Mechanism to ensure merit and transparency in the recruitment process at all levels.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that recruitment mechanism and initial screening will be conducted by a testing agency to be hired by the concerned Ministries and Divisions.

To a question, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman told the House that the number of out of school children has drastically decreased in last three years due to effective measures of the government. He said 55 percent out of school children has been brought back to schools in Islamabad Capital Territory, Punjab 23 percent, KP ten percent and AJK seven percent. He said it is unfortunate that zero percent reduction in out of school children was recorded in Sindh.

To another question, Parliamentary Secretary for Capital Administration and Development Division Maiza Hameed told the House that a number of steps have been taken to impart quality education to students living in the federal capital. She said fee has been totally waived off while they are being provided with free transport and books.

Replying to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha told the House that the government is making strenuous efforts to make Pakistan Railways a profitable organization. He said that 77 locomotives have been inducted in Pakistan Railways during the last five years. He said over ten billion rupees revenue was earned from freight sector in last fiscal year which is an increase of 81 percent. He said punctuality of mail express trains has been improved tremendously. He said that there were 90 passenger trains operational in 2013 which increased upto 106 last year. He said Pakistan Railways will start new passenger trains very soon which include between Rawalpindi and Kohat, Sibi and Harnai and Karachi to Mirpur Khas.

Responding to a question, Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid told the House that Pakistan Environment Protection Agency conducts surveys of industrial areas to check industrial pollution in the federal capital. He said non-bio degradable plastic bags have been banned to protect environment in Islamabad.

Members belonging to PPP staged a walkout from the House over the issue of missing of some of its workers.

The House will now meet on Monday afternoon at four. 


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