Ministers continue to portray rosy picture of govt’s two-year performance
The ministers of the PTI-led federal government continue to portray the efforts made by the incumbent government two years since its inception.
Information Minister Shibli Faraz said the economy stands revived and the country has been put on the path of development.
Flanked by other cabinet members, he was addressing a news conference about the government's two years' performance in Islamabad.
Faraz regretted that the opposition parties were trying to create anarchy and spread despondency in the country. However, he categorically stated that the mafias and those representing them will not be spared under any circumstances.
Faraz said the nation which faced the difficult period steadfastly stands by the government and all the conspiracies will be foiled through their support.
He expressed confidence that the fruits of development will reach the masses soon.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision of austerity, accountability, transparency and self-sustainability is being implemented in the projects in letter and spirit.
He said Rs750million were saved under the austerity drive and over Rs12billion were recovered through audit under accountability campaign. The minister said initiatives of the introduction of e-billing, e-bidding and procurement, were introduced in the National Highway Authority to ensure transparency.
He said revenue of National Highway Authority has increased from Rs53billion to Rs103billion.
Murad said eight new projects of roads will be launched under public-private partnership this year. The Minister said several steps have also been taken to improve the functioning of postal services.
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary said their effort has remained to transform Pakistan into a manufacturing economy by promoting the logo of 'Made in Pakistan.
He said Pakistan has become one of the major exporters of Personal Protective Equipment in a matter of six months. He said currently Pakistan is producing 250 ventilators every month and this capacity will be enhanced to seven hundred in order to enable Pakistan to become one of the few countries exporting this sophisticated machine.
The Minister for Science and Technology said his ministry has also set targets for the current year that included the development of agricultural farms on modern lines. He said our plan is to establish five hundred technology farms and promote non-conventional crops to enhance the agri exports.
The Minister said the government target is to establish a special economic zone for the electromagnetic industry in Sialkot. He said Pakistan will start producing more sophisticated machines such as the one used in dialysis this year. He said our target is also to enhance our exports of surgical items to two billion dollars in one year time.
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said protecting the human rights of different segments of the society is the central agenda of the present government.
She said her ministry has pursued a three-pronged strategy for this purpose. This included the implementation of existing laws, bringing new legislation and creating awareness amongst the people about their rights.
The Minister said it is the for the first time that we proscribed the child domestic labour whilst the bill against corporal punishment has also been prepared. She said other bills including Christian Divorce and Marriage bill are currently in the discussion phase. We have also prepared a registry of sex offenders to curb this crime.
She said her ministry addressed seventeen thousand complaints registered on the citizens portal and provided legal aid to eleven thousand people. She said their helpline received millions of calls over the last two years and effort was made to address their complaints.
Mazari said concrete steps have also been taken so that the transgender community also get their due status in the society.
She said her ministry has also played its part in highlighting the blatant human rights violations in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. She said she has also written a letter to the UN Human Rights Commissioner about the situation in the occupied territory.
Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda said the PTI government has launched long-term mega water projects to address the country's water-related issues.
He said work has been started on Dasu, Mohmand and Diamer Bhasha dams.
He said transparency has been ensured in all the projects and details of the projects have also been shared with the NAB. He said the government is also constructing 112 small dams in the country.
He said projects worth 1.1 trillion rupees are being executed under his ministry. He said thousands of jobs are being created in these projects. He said the government is promoting private industrial sector.
The Minister said the government is also securing the country's rights vis a vis on India on Indus Water Treaty.
Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi while briefing the Media about the two years performance of the government said the private sector will get advantage from the new shipping policy.
Addressing media persons the minister said that we are planning to digitalize the land of the Port Qasim which will be a landmark initiative of the government.
He said that due to the new policies of the incumbent government, international companies are approaching to work with us which is taking place exactly according to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Fahmida Mirza said that after the 18th Amendment in 1973 Constitution, Council for Common Interest under the "Cooperative Federation" slogan is the main forum to strengthening the federation.
She said her ministry is fully determined for the provision of all basic facilities and conducive environment to the athletes of the country and anti-doping board is being constituted for the awareness among the players. She said that we are also making sincere efforts for the provision of sports facilities in prisons, religious seminaries and other institutions across the country.
The Minister said a strategy has been evolved in consultation with provinces for the promotion of tourism in the country.