PM Emergency Programme launched to enhance cotton production

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that Prime Minister Emergency Programme is being launched to enhance cotton production in the country.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan told the house during question hour that new seed varieties will be provided to the farmers to enhance the productivity of cotton crop. He said incentives will also be given to the farmers to woo them for cotton cultivation.

Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce and Textile Aliya Hamza told the house that Pakistan Steel Mills will be revived through public-private partnership. She said 13 companies have evinced interest in this partnership for Pakistan Steel Mills. She said Pakistan Steel Mills is a very important institution and it will be run at all costs.

The parliamentary secretary said the present government has announced two relief packages for the common man worth Rs 10 billion and Rs 7 billions through the Utility Stores Corporation.  She said reduction in the prices of essential commodities at the utility outlets has helped bolster their sales.

Aliya Hamza said that the present government is committed to promoting industrialisation in the country. She said 17 new entrants have entered the automotive industry. One billion dollars investment has been attracted in this industry so far due to government’s prudent policies. Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Nausheen Hamid said strengthening primary healthcare is top priority of the government. She said reforms are also being introduced in important departments such as the Drug Regulatory Authority.

Nausheen Hamid said that policies have been revisited to ensure hundred percent coverage of anti-polio vaccine to the children. Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources Saleh Muhammad said government is working on construction of dams to meet the water shortage.  He said work is in full progress on Mohmand Dam which will be completed before the stipulated time.  He said about Rs 11.50 billion have been collected under the dams’ fund.

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