Elections to be held on basis of new census, NA informed


Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad —The government has said it has given commitment to the Supreme Court to hold the Population census in March next year.
The next elections will be held on the basis of new census, said Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch while speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
He said there is an impression that census with the involvement of armed forces is more credible. He said a minimum of 88000 troops are required to conduct this exercise.
Earlier, taking part in the discussion, the members said that conducting of population census is a constitutional obligation and imperative for future development.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the house that resurvey of BISP is being conducted in 16 districts in the first phase to incorporate deserving families in the programme. He said later resurvey will be conducted in whole of the country. He pointed out that door to door resurvey is being conducted and it is non-political.
Rana Afzal said the government is giving priority to this programme and its funding has been increased from 70 billion to 115 billion rupees. He said the quarterly amount to the beneficiary from three thousand rupees to 4834 rupees and the total beneficiaries have been increased to 5.4 million.
He said a system has been evolved to address the complaints of payments to the beneficiaries. He said under this programme, 17000 beneficiaries have been given training in different fields. He pointed out that hundred percent beneficiaries of the programme are women.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House that the government cannot enhance the salaries and pension of the government employees out of proportion.
The Parliamentary Secretary said development cannot take place in the country by increasing non-development expenditures. He said we can alleviate poverty through development expenditures which will create jobs for the people.
Responding to points raised by Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that there is no shortage of fuel in the country. There is an issue of liability between PIA and PSO which may have caused delay in PIA flight from Karachi to Islamabad as was pointed out by Ghulam Mustafa Shah.
The lower house also adopted a resolution calling upon the government to take steps to grant subsidy to low income persons on their first Hajj.
Speaking on the resolution moved by Shahida Rehmani, Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah told the House that a summary in this regard has already been sent to the Prime Minister and it will be implemented after approval.
The House also adopted a resolution unanimously urging that the government to take steps for sending yearly an official high-level delegation to Medina to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) to pay homage on behalf of the people of Pakistan in recognition and gratitude of his blessings for the humanity.