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Promotion of the government’s top priority construction sectors: PM – Pakistan | Instant News

Last updated when July 30, 2020 5:51 p.m.

Promotion of the construction sector is one of the government’s top priorities: PM

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the promotion of the construction sector is one of the government’s top priorities to reduce the negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the national economy, accelerate the economic process and create employment opportunities in the country.

He gave a speech at the weekly briefing meeting of the National Coordinating Committee for Housing, Construction and Development in Islamabad today.

The Prime Minister said that all facilities that might be provided to the construction sector and the business community must take full advantage of this incentive.

He said the business community must invest in this sector, the government is committed to all possible collaborations in this matter.


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PM Imran Khan is looking for plans for approval of a process online | Instant News

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.


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The private sector has been entrusted to manage 71 schools built by USAID in Sindh for 10 years | Instant News

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Julie Koenen (now online) and Minister of Education and Literacy Saeed Ghani witnessed Wednesday the signing of an agreement between the provincial government and two educational management organizations (EMO) for managing 71 schools built by USAID for the next 10 years.

The ceremony, which was held at CM House, marked the surrender of the newly built school management under the USAID Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) to EMO. Officials from USAID participated virtually while the Sindh government and EMO representatives attended the ceremony in person, while observing the social distance protocol.

Education Secretary Ahmed Bakhsh Narejo and representatives from two selected EMOs – Charter for Compassion (CFC) and Community Health and Nutrition Development (HANDS) – signed an agreement to manage these schools for 10 years. HANDS and CFC each signed four and one agreement.

Under this agreement, the two organizations will manage 71 government schools, including 25 new schools built by USAID, to improve the quality of education in the four districts of Sindh, Dadu, Qamber Shahdadkot, Karachi and Larkana.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shah appreciated USAID-SBEP and the strong support of the US government to modernize education in the province. He added that the government was a pioneer in launching a public-private partnership reform by outsourcing operations and management of public sector schools for 10 years to the well-known EMO under this agreement.

“We are proud to partner with the Sindh Government on this important initiative,” said Julie Koenen, mission director, USAID / Pakistan. “The Sindh Basic Education Program improves the quality of teaching and increases equal access to safe learning opportunities for children, especially girls.”

He underlined the commitment of the US government to support Pakistan’s efforts in education. The US government, through USAID, contributed $ 159.2 million, while the Sindh government provided a $ 10 million share for SBEP. The project aims to increase and maintain student enrollment in primary, secondary and secondary public schools in certain areas of Sindh, with a special focus on bringing back girls who have dropped out of school.

In addition to building schools, SBEP also supports provincial government reforms in the fields of education, school consolidation, incorporation and improvement, community mobilization, public-private partnerships and improving student reading competency in schools. SBEP built up to 106 modern school buildings in 10 districts, Dadu, Jacobabad, Qamber-Shahdadkot, Karachi-West, Karachi-Malir, Karachi-South, Kashmore, Khairpur, Larkana and Sukkur.

The chief minister said that currently, the construction of 70 schools had been completed, and 43 of them had previously been submitted to seven EMOs. Construction of the remaining schools is in various stages of completion, he added.


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PM reviews progress on incentives for construction sector – Pakistan | Instant News

Last updated when July 16, 2020 4:50 p.m.

PM reviews progress on incentives for the construction sector

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs the second National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting on Housing, Construction and Development here on Thursday to review the progress of the newly announced government incentive package for the construction sector.

The NCC on housing, construction and development was established by the prime minister when he chaired his first meeting on July 10.

The main purpose of the new committee is to play its role in simplifying laws related to the construction sector and to facilitate the process of loan disbursement.

This will also remove other obstacles related to housing finance by working with banks.


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The result of the public sector varsities less | Instant News

Lahore:at a time when students in different parts of the country are against and rejection of the idea of online classes because of the unavailability of the Internet or bad Internet connection, even at the highest level, public universities had scored less than private universities in terms of readiness for online classes.

According to the higher education data warehouse (herd) higher education Commission (HEC) as of June 24, the government College University (NPU) in Lahore, online class readiness is 74 per cent, Punjab University 83 percent, Bahauddin Zakaria University (BZU) Multan 75 percent, a University education 68%, University of Peshawar 69 per cent and Fatima Jinnah medical University (fjmu address), Lahore 64%, and many private universities, yet scored better than public higher education institutions (HEIs). According to monitoring online ready private University, UCP, Lahore is almost 100 percent. Another private University, Beaconhouse national University Lahore 97 per cent result.

Viewed in this context, readiness for online classes from state universities and seems to be justifying the concerns of students, particularly from the public sector universities in relation to online classes. However, the official was carrying, seeking anonymity, said that this is an ongoing process and not all universities are still on higher education control panel data store. He said that the COC is not a place or have any University on the basis of readiness of the online classes as the universities were still the exchange of data with the Commission on dashboard. He said the initiative was aimed at encouraging universities to better prepare themselves for online classes. He said that some universities have even issued press releases to sound better in terms of network readiness. He recalled that the Supreme economic court did not announce any ranking on that basis.

It is pertinent to mention here that due to the closing of campuses after Covid-19 flare, universities are shifting towards online education, but there were severe problems with students who refer to the lack of Internet facility or poor and expensive Internet as the main obstacle in this regard.

They demanded the authorities to provide uninterrupted and affordable Internet connection, or to abandon the idea of online education. According to reports more than a dozen students were arrested in Quetta on Wednesday after they tried reaching the residence of the chief Minister, demanding access to the Internet. These students were protesting against the unavailability of the Internet for online classes.


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