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NA Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform meets
Tuesday, 31st December, 2019

        Islamabad, 31st December, 2019; 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today at 11:00 am in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA.

2.    The Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives briefed about the implementation on recommendations of the Committee.The Project Director Dasu Hydropower submitted Progress Report to the Committee as required by the Committee in last meeting. The Committee directed to share the progress of the project with the Committee regularly, on monthly basis.The Chief Executive Nelum Jhelum Power Project informed that as per decision of ECC of the Cabinet Nelum Jhelum surcharge will be rescinded at the achievement of Commercial Operation date of whole project.  He further informed that the Central Power Purchasing Agency Guarantee Limited (CPPAG) has approved to raise the invoice for the Energy supplied to Grid through WAPDA. The Committee recommended that WAPDA should build and run the hospitals, schools and provide roads & other necessities to affectees of Dasu Dam

3.    The Committee considered“The China Pakistan Economics Corridor Authority(Ordinance No.XII of 2019) Ordinance, 2019 (Government Bill) and recommended it for further legislation by National Assembly.The Committee discussed that transfer of technology may be kept on priority while making any agreement with China or other Countries.It was discussed that almost thirty thousand Pakistani students are studying in China in different disciplines; the Committee recommended that the Government of China may be approached to build Universities in Pakistan; it will save foreign exchange and will increase our education capacity.

4.    The Committee deferred “The General Statistic (Reorganizations) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 due to official engagement of mover.

5.    Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Sustainable Development Achievement Programme (SAP) was discussed in the meeting. The Committee recommended that balanced development may be ensured throughout Pakistan especially in backwards/rural areas. The Committee also desired to transfer task relating to MDGs, SDGs or SAP from Cabinet Division to the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives.

6.    Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Naveed Dero, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Abdul Shakoor, , Secretary and senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Water Resources, Law & Justice,CEPC, Commissioner Mansehra, CEO Dasu Power Project and CEO Neelum Jhelum Project attended the meeting.