NA body recommends Rs25,626 mln PSDP proposals for Commerce, Textile Ministry

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP):The Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile Friday recommended Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) proposals of Ministry of Commerce and Textile amounting to Rs.25,626.577 million for the financial year 2018-19.
According to press statement issued by the National Assembly Secretariat here, the the meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of MNA, Siraj Muhammad Khan.
The Committee was separately apprised about the proposed PSDP of Commerce and Textile Divisions, the statement added.
Additional Secretary, Commerce Division informed that the Division had proposed allocation of PSDP fund amounting to Rs.8550 million for financial year 2018-19 for seven projects.
The projects include establishment of new Exp-Centers at Islamabad, Quetta and Faisalabad, expansion or remodeling of Expo-Center at Karachi, provision hostel and transport facility to student at Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore and an ongoing project relating to Expo-Center at Peshawar.
Secretary Textile Division apprised the Committee about the proposed PSDP allocation for the project of Textile Division. He informed that Rs.11012.372 million had been proposed for 5 new projects whereas Rs.6064.205 had been proposed for 7 projects, which were being resubmitted for approval by the Planning and Development Division.
Apprising the Committee about the new projects, the Secretary said that the projects include establishment of National Textile University (NTU) Campus at Quetta, Garment City Project at Karachi, construction of new library at NTU campus at Faisalabad and implementation of system for standardization of high quality cotton.
He also apprised the committee the projects being resubmitted for approval related to PM Skill Development Program for Textile Industry and studies for climatic change, recycling of organic wastes, restoration of soil fertility and cost management in cotton production and marketing.
The Committee after thorough discussion recommended the entire proposed PSDP of the Ministry for inclusion in Budget for next financial year.
The Committee expressed satisfaction on the progress and implementation of its recommendations by the divisions concerned. The Committee directed Commerce Division to expedite the proposed amendment in Pakistan Tobacco Board Act which would ensure supply of registered and certified Tobacco seed to the growers.
Among others, the meeting was attended by Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Minister of State for Commerce and Textile, MNAs; Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Secretaries Commerce and Textile Divisions and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.