Dar assures total support for early execution of Hydro power projects

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Islamabad—Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Friday, assured WAPDA of all possible help and support in early execution of the Hydro Power Projects. In a meeting with Chairman WAPDA Lt. Gen. (R) Muzamil Hussain, Finance Minister appreciated the effort of the new Chairman in expediting the work on the ground and overcoming any bottlenecks. The Minister welcomed the newly appointed Chairman WAPDA and extended his best wishes to him on assuming the responsibility.
The Chairman briefed the Minister on the progress of Neelum-Jehlum Hydro Power Project, and Tarbela-IV project as well as Dasu Hydro Power Project. The new WAPDA chief informed the Minister that the Tarbela-IV project is expected to be inaugurated next year and Neelum-Jehlum Hydro Power Project in the year 2018. In a separate meeting on to ensure timely procurement of vaccines for immunization programme here, Finance Minister said that bridge financing be provided for the procurement of vaccines as was also decided by ECNEC. This would ensure that there are no stock outs of critical vaccines and that commitment of co-financing with Gavi would also be met.
The Minister was informed that vaccines provided by Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (Gavi) are also to be paid for by the provinces as decided by ECNEC as health is a devolved subject. The vaccines are for BCG, polio, measles diphtheria, hepatitis C etc. This would ensure smooth inflow of Gavi vaccines, especially Penta, Peneumococal and Rotavirus. Finance Minister said that the young generation of the country has to be saved from diseases and so the government was committed to making available necessary vaccines for the purpose.

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