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Asad Umar praised the PM’s decision to protect life, livelihoods since the beginning of Covid-19 | Instant News


Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision since the start of the pandemic to protect people’s lives, as well as their livelihoods.

The federal minister, speaking to the media on Tuesday, said: “From day one, the prime minister told us that we have two responsibilities: to work to save people’s lives and save their jobs.”

Asad Umar warned that several countries had seen the third wave of Covid-19 and appealed to their citizens to continue to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of the virus.

He said the World Health Organization (WHO), President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bozkir and Bill Gates, among others, recognized Pakistan’s handling of Covid-19.

The federal minister stated that the second wave of the virus had worsened in countries such as the United States (US) and UK (UK) and warned others to continue to act responsibly.

In addition, Asad Umar highlighted that the federal government had warned the public about a second wave of the virus in October.

“In November, we saw the number of cases increase rapidly and took steps at the end of November regarding the sectors / activities that caused the increase, including restaurants, wedding halls and educational institutions,” he added.

The federal minister said the first week of December 2020 saw fewer coronavirus cases. By week two there was an increase in the number of people on ventilators and by week three there were fewer cases.

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‘Sindh must use Rs700b allotted for Karachi’ | Instant News


KARACHI:

Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar urged the PPP-led Sindh government to utilize Rs700 billion, which he said, had been allocated by the provincial government for development projects in Karachi.

“No construction work was done in Karachi in the past but now work is being carried out on various projects, including the K-4, Karachi Loop Railway (KCR) and nullah cleaning,” the planning minister said on Saturday.

Umar spoke to the media after unveiling a plaque for the groundbreaking of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Corridor that runs from the city’s Taj Medical Complex to City Park along one of the city’s main highways, Jalan MA Jinnah.

Speaking regarding the Karachi Transformation Plan, the minister said “good progress” had been made on all projects in Karachi for which the federal government is responsible.

“Work is progressing rapidly on the K-4 project and two rail projects – the KCR and the Freight Corridor which will run from Karachi Port to the Pippri area,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sept. 5 unveiled the Karachi Transformation Plan – a “historic” financial package worth Rs1.1 trillion to address the chronic problems of cities and infrastructure in the country’s financial center.

Under the plan, around Rs572 billion was allocated for the city’s mass transit system and rail and road transportation systems. Rs267 billion was allocated for solid waste management, cleaning of rainwater channels, and resettlement of people who live in encroachment built on city drains.

The plan allocates Rs141 billion for municipal sewage treatment plants, Rs92 billion for water supply projects and Rs41 billion for roads.

However, according to a statement issued by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari whose party governs Sindh province, from Rs1.1 trillion, the federal government will only provide Rs300 billion while the Sindh government has committed “more than Rs800 billion.”

Umar said work was also underway to clean waterways in Karachi to permanently tackle flooding problems after the rains.

“The encroachment is being removed at the initial stage of clearing the nullah which the Sindh government from the Mehmoodabad area has started working on,” he said.

“As soon as the provincial government eliminates encroachment around the city’s main nullah, the federal government will get to work.”

He said the Green Line project is currently in the last stage of its implementation and is expected to be completed by the middle of next year. “People will see the Green Line on the streets in mid-2021. This project will be a milestone for the modern transportation system in Karachi,” he said.

Umar also appreciated Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited and the Planning and Special Initiatives Division for their hard work and dedication in carrying out the project.

Sindh governor Imran Ismail said the BRT project was part of PM Imran Khan’s Karachi Transformation Plan, adding that the federal government was implementing its projects in the city rapidly.

“The K-4 Water project has been submitted to the Water and Electricity Development Agency (Wapda). The Vice Dean will immediately submit his report to the Prime Minister in this matter, “he added.

Ismail said the process to hire consultants for the K-4 project has been completed and K-4 will be a major water supply project that will help meet Karachi’s broader water needs.

“The Green Line project has long been awaited. After completion, the Orange Line and Blue Line projects will also be launched, ”he said.

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Karachi can use Green Line service by July 2021: minister | Instant News


Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar said that the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit project in Karachi which started in 2016 will be completed in July 2021.

The Green Line project was started by the PML-N government. The estimated cost is Rs25 billion.

The project will be completed in 2017 but PML-N cannot complete the work on time. The PTI government has announced several completion dates for the project since 2018.

In its July 2020 briefing, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Planning and Development was informed that the Green Line would begin between March and June 2021.

However, Sindh Transport Minister Awais Shah claimed that the project could not be completed at that time.

On Saturday, confident Umar told the media that the project is in its final stages and people can use it next year. “It will be active and running next July,” he said.

He added that the five projects that are the responsibility of the government are K-IV water supply, railway projects, KCR, transportation corridors, and the Green Line. He claims that all projects are in the works.

“The prime minister will visit Karachi next week to review his own project,” he said.

‘We didn’t escape with the island of Sindh’

“Look, the federal government isn’t planning to run away [Sindh’s] the island, “joked Umar when answering reporters’ questions. He was questioned about petitions being filed against his government for “taking administrative control” of the islands of Buddo and Bundal which lie off the coast of Karachi.

Governor Imran Ismail, addressing a press conference with Umar, said the islands would be a “game changer” for the Sindh economy.

“Once these islands develop, we won’t get a penny if that. Sindh will get all the income. We just want them to make the most of it, “he said.

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The government announced a Rs600 billion development package for southern Balochistan | Instant News


ISLAMABAD:

Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has announced that the government will spend Rs600 billion on development projects for nine districts in southern Balochistan over the next three years to improve the lives of local people.

Of this total, the federal government will provide Rs540 billion, while the rest will be spent by the Balochistan government.

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday along with Information and Broadcasting Minister Shibli Faraz, Defense Production Minister Zubaida Jalal and Communications Minister Murad Saeed, Umar said the government would also involve the private sector in several development projects in the area.

The package, he added, was prepared under the special direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan who has a strong belief in uplifting a weak segment of society. “The nation’s historic package has been prepared with an integrated strategy to ensure that all levels of society benefit from this package.”

The Minister for Planning hopes that upon completing the program, the poorest regions of the country will see prosperity and become a practical example of PM Imran’s vision of Naya Pakistan.

In the past, he said, the approach to allocating funds for development projects was different and not integrated, but now “we have started a new system in which all sectors and ministries will be collectively involved.”

For example, Umar said, in southern Balochistan, agriculture is the most important source of income for local people who need water, for which a dam must be built.

He said that currently only 12 percent of the people in the area enjoy the government’s electricity facilities. “Under this package, we will provide electricity to more than 57 percent of the population in the region and for this off-grid electricity option will also be implemented to provide electricity to the population spread across the area.”

Likewise, the government will build 16 new dams that will irrigate about 150,000 hectares of land, he added.

In addition, said the Minister of Planning, about 640,000 children will be provided with distance education and they will be connected with teachers in big cities. “Under the Waseela Taleem program, as many as 83,000 children will be provided with free education and the government will also pay an allowance of Rs1,500 for boys and Rs2,000 for female parents each month.

Umar emphasized that in the health sector, there are 200 health centers that will be upgraded. Likewise, he said, 35,000 young people in the area will be trained to become freelancers.

He informed that the area was suitable for cultivating olives and dates so that the government would establish one olive processing unit and three date palm processing units so that local farmers could add value to their products.

Under the Nashonuma Health program, the minister said pregnant women and newborns would be provided with the food they needed so that stunting problems could be prevented. “Likewise, under this program, billions of rupees will also be spent on road projects connecting the area with other countries.”

Answering the question, Umar said: “We are not only identifying development projects but we will build an integrated governance structure that will ensure timely project implementation.”

In response to other questions, he said first the government had announced a package for Federation-Managed Tribal Territory (Fata), then for Karachi and had now announced a package for South Balochistan.

“After this we will see northern Balochistan, the interior of Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) so that PM Imran Khan’s vision to provide equal opportunities to all segments of society and regions in the country can be fulfilled,” he said.

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PM announces textile policy for Faisalabad before election: Asad Umar – Pakistan | Instant News


Published in November 18, 2020 11:30 am

Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to revive the industry of Faisalabad: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said Wednesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced a textile policy for Faisalabad before the election.

Asad Umar, in his tweet, said Prime Minister Imran Khan had promised to revive the Faisalabad industry and that now the industry was making progress.

He further said that sectors, where companies are closed and workers laid off, get investment and exports are increasing.

It is important to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Faisalabad today where he will inaugurate the Kashmir subway which is located on the Canal Road, Model Police Station Civil Line, and Langar Khana outside the Railway Station.

The Prime Minister will also hold meetings with exporters and the business community.

Federal Ministers Asad Umar and Hammad Azhar will also accompany the Prime Minister.

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