The Senate was informed on Tuesday that the government is taking a number of steps to improve power production in the country and provide cheap electricity to the consumers.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House during the question hour that the government has signed five Memorandums of Understanding for development of coal based Independent Power Producers having cumulative capacity of 6600 megawatts.

The Minister said that the government has also planned to construct ten units each of 660 megawatts at Power Park Gaddani in Balochistan on imported coal and the work is underway in this regard. He said 20 percent local coal will also be used in this project.  He said the project would commence next year and expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

He said after the payment of 503 billion rupees circular debts last year, the generation capacity has enhanced by 1700 megawatts.

To a question, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab said that the government has decided to restructure PIA and 26% of its shares will be privatized.

He said due to government’s efforts PIA is taking off and new aeroplanes are being added in the fleet. 

Two reports were presented in the House on Tuesday.

Chairman Standing Committee on Law and Justice Muhammad Kazim Khan presented report of the Committee on “The National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (Amendment) Bill 2014”. The Bill provides to amend the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee Ordinance, 2002.

He also presented Report of the Committee on “The Federal Court (Repeal) Bill, 2014. The Bill provides to repeal the Federal Court Act, 1937. 

Replying to the call attention notice moved by Farhatullah Babar regarding the resentment expressed by civilian officers of the military lands and cantonment departments caused by the continued occupation of their cadre post by the non-cadre officers, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said that such appointments were initiated in 1999 and were continued by the previous government.

He said the present appointment was made by the Prime Minister with a condition that in future the practice will not be continued and the civilian officers will be appointed as head of the department. He said the contract of the sitting head will end after two years and afterwards civilian officers will be appointed on this post.  

The House also resumed discussion on political situation developed recently in the country due to certain reasons.

Speaking on the occasion the members said that a committee of the parliamentarians should be formed to resolve the conflict among different media groups.

The House will now meet tomorrow (Wednesday) at 4:00 in the afternoon.

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