NA recommends subsidy for poor on first Hajj

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Legislators urge fixing of population census date

Islamabad—The National Assembly Tuesday adopted a resolution recommending to grant subsidy to low income persons on their first Hajj. Speaking about the resolution, the mover Shahida Rehmani said that the House should unanimously pass the resolution to fulfill long-standing demand of the poor people.
Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Amin ul Hasnat informed the House that a summary was moved to the Prime Minister to grant subsidy to the low-income persons on their first Hajj.
Meanwhile, Legislators on Tuesday urged the government to fix date for holding the population census, describing it need of the hour. Speaking on a resolution, mover Sheikh Salahuddin said that the national census was important issue and the government should announce its date at the earliest.
He said that delimitation and fair distribution of funds among the federating units were based on the population count. Naeema Kishwar, Ejaz Jakhrani, Phyllis Azeem, Muzamil Quershi and Shazia Marri said that issued related to census should be discussed in the Parliament.
They said that after the census, all political forces should formulate a joint strategy to control the increasing population, which was one of the biggest confronting challenges.
The legislator said that the government should conduct census on in line with the previous practice, if the army was not available due to its engagements at borders and tackle terrorism.
Replying to the resolution, Minister for State and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said that the government had the plan to carry out the census before March 2017.
The minister said that at present, the troops are involved in extensive engagements and census was not possible without the support of military. Qadir Baloch said that the last census was also conducted by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and this time too it will hold the count without any reluctance.
The minister assured the House that the census would be conducted before the next general elections scheduled to be held in year 2018.
Meanwhile, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed Tuesday informed National Assembly that there is no unfair distribution of funds to the provinces by the federal government. Replying to a Calling Attention Notice, the minister said that federal government had already paid due share to the provinces and it was the prerogative of the provincial governments to start any projects for the welfare of the people.—APP