ISLAMABAD: The present government has reduced Hajj expenditures by Rs75, 000 to provide relief to the Hujjaj said Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah on Monday.
While responding to questions of members in the National Assembly, he said the Hajj facilities being offered to Pakistani Hujjaj were not only inexpensive but also better as compared to other Islamic countries including Iran, Turkey and Indonesia.
Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah said that under the National Action Plan (NAP) action has also been taken against those misusing the loudspeaker.
Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi told the house that women were being giving loans in all the four provinces under PM Youth Business Loan Scheme.
He said that training programmes had also been launched for capacity building and development of entrepreneurship amongst women.
Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security Rajab Ali Baloch said that National Agricultural Research Centre will be kept intact for bringing further improvement in the agriculture field.
He said various laboratories had been strengthened to improve foot and mouth disease diagnosis in the country.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that about 18000 megawatt of electricity will be added to the national grid during the tenure of present government.
He said the present government has launched several power projects based on various technologies and fuels.
In private sector, private power and infrastructure board is processing projects based on hydro, coal and R-LNG with cumulative capacity of 7550 to 8050 megawatt to facilitate foreign investment to the tune of 11,028 million dollars.
The minister said Alternative Energy Development Board is pursuing development of renewable energy based power projects. Nine wind power projects of a total capacity of 477 megawatt have achieved financial closing and are under construction.
He said several solar and biomass based power generation projects have also been launched.
He clarified that Nandipur Power Project is fully functional while Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project will be completed by July next year.
He said that the expansion of Mangla Power Project will be completed in the next one and a half year.