ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the chief secretary of all provinces to submit a road map within one week to launch a one-window facility and online approval for permits, payment of fees, and parallel work of all departments related to the housing sector.
Following the meeting of the National Coordinating Committee for Housing, Construction and Development here, the prime minister is directed to complete government approval such as no objection certificates and others within the stipulated time period, and officials who show negligence or create unnecessary obstacles must be handled strictly.
The meeting was attended by Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz, special assistant to Prime Minister Malik Amin Aslam, Lieutenant General (Ret) Asim Saleem Bajwa and Dr. Shahbaz Gill, Naya Pakistan Chair of the Housing and Development Authority Lieutenant General (Purnama) Anwar Ali Haider, Bank Governor State of Pakistan, housing secretary, Punjab chief secretary, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Giligit-Baltistan while chief secretary of Balochistan and Sindh, additional chief secretary Azad Jammu and Kashmir, president of the National Bank and Khyber Bank participated via video links.
Addressing the meeting, the prime minister said the government had provided an unprecedented package of incentives for the construction industry to accelerate economic activity, promote allied industries and provide housing facilities to the general public, especially low-income groups.
He said the government had decided to simplify the process in terms of making the maximum number of people benefit from the facility.
The prime minister instructs the use of information technology at all levels in the construction sector to make it faster and easier.
Regarding the promotion of mortgage facilities for the construction of low-cost housing for low-income groups, Imran Khan directed the finance ministry and the State Bank to complete the process of providing subsidies to banks to eliminate the hassles.
The Chair of the Lahore Development Authority notified the meeting about the LDA City project under the Pakistan Naya Housing Program. The Sindh secretary’s secretary told the meeting that according to the prime minister’s direction, the tax ratio had been reduced in the province so that it was on a par with those in the Punjab and KP.
The Punjab secretary and the head of the KP explained the meeting about the steps taken by each province to facilitate the construction industry such as the launch of the portal and the establishment of E-Sahulat centers.
Separately, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday ordered to ensure the provision of internet facilities with the best coverage in remote and underdeveloped regions of the country, especially in Balochistan, combining the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh regions.
He chaired a meeting held here about increasing and increasing the reach of the internet in the country.
Information Technology (IT) Minister Syed Ameenul Haq, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, IT Secretary, Chairperson of the Telecommunications Authority of Pakistan (PTA), Chief Executive of the Universal Fund (USF) Service Fund (USF) and other officials attended the meeting.
The prime minister said the provision of Internet facilities was a necessity for hours. To exploit the true potential of the younger generation, it is also necessary to ensure their easy access to education, and the wide reach of the internet and its easy availability is also important to achieve that goal, he added.
Imran Khan directed USF to take the steps needed to provide easy and cheaper Internet in schools. He was also directed to form a committee consisting of advisers to the PM on finance, and ministers for industry and production, planning, information technology, and education so they could submit their recommendations in that regard.
During the meeting, the prime minister was given a detailed description of projects providing internet facilities and increased coverage in areas far and underdeveloped by USF over the past two years and their targets for the current year.
He was also informed of the progress of various projects regarding the provision of internet facilities and increasing its reach in various districts in Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
The prime minister was told that over the past two years, 1,800 kilometers of optical fiber had been placed in various regions of Balochistan and KP, while 4,600 kilometers of optical fiber would be placed on 547 union councils during the year.