The National Assembly was informed today that there has been no change in the original plan of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.           

During the question hours, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Saqlain Bukhari said all parts of the country will be linked through this corridor.

He said the corridor is not the name of any single road but a network of roads connecting all provinces.

He said rehabilitation of Karakoram Highway is underway. Four hundred and thirty-seven kilometres long between Raikot and Islamabad is part of this project.           

The Parliamentary Secretary said the corridor is a comprehensive package of cooperative initiatives and projects. It covers key areas of connectivity, information network infrastructure, energy cooperation, industries and industrial parks. The corridor will go a long way to ensure agriculture development, alleviation of poverty and promotion of tourism.

Replying to a call attention notice moved by Siraj Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House that the duration of load-shedding in cities is six to seven hour, in villages nine to ten and on industrial feeders the duration is eight hours.

He said on some feeders of PESCO, the load-shedding duration is according to line losses and pilferage of electricity. He said these losses vary between 30 to 90 percent. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb told the House that government is committed to achieve the target of opening passport offices in all districts of the country to facilitate the public. She said budget for 73 passport offices has already been approved and hiring of staff is in process. Regarding installation of Machine Readable Passport units in all foreign missions of Pakistan, she informed out of 93 missions, 40 are lacking MRPs. She said according to international civil aviation targets, MRPs would be installed in all foreign missions by the end of November this year.

To a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat Raja Javed Ikhlas told the House that the current government during the past one year, pension of retired employees has been doubled from previous. He said government is considering further increase in pension.

To another question, he said last census was carried out by PML-N in 1998. He said the date of next census has been announced and the government is committed to complete much awaited task.

Replying to a question, Raja Javed Ikhlas said government has been maintaining strict eye on all indicators of the economy. He said government will achieve the proposed target of growth rate by the end of July this year.

Six ordinances were laid before the House today.

These included The Safeguard Measures (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 (No. 2 of 2015), The Countervailing Duties Ordinance, 2015 (No. 3 of 2015, The Anti-Dumping Duties Ordinance, 2015 (No. 4 of 2015), The National Tariff Commission Ordinance, 2015 (No. 5 of 2015, The General Election 2013 inquiry Commission Ordinance, 2015 (No 7 of 2015 and The Publication of Laws of Pakistan (Regulation) Ordinance, 2015 (No. 8 of 2015.

The Ordinances were moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad.

Three bills were introduced in the House today.

"The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015". It amends the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898.

"The National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill, 2015". The bill provides to constitute of a National Commission on the rights of the child and of matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

"The National University of Medical Sciences Bill, 2015". The bill provides to establish the National University of Medical Sciences.

The bills were introduced by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad.

  The House will now meet on Wednesday [22-04-2015] at 10:30 a.m.

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