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December 7, 2017

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‘National electricity plan being devised to facilitate consumers’

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Water and Power Awais Ahmed Leghari has said that national electricity plan is being devised to facilitate consumers, to select the company of their own choice to get electricity.
Leghari was addressing a session on the second of day of 20th Annual Sustainable Development Conference organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute here Wednesday.
Leghari said that the government will ensure that this plan does not get caught in supply-demand trap. He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can play a role in developing water reservoir based energy projects which will prove most beneficial in terms of economic returns.
Muhammad Raziuddin, CEO of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company, said after 18th Amendment, governance in the province was improved. He said that NEPRA act needs to be restructured and approved for transparency and responsiveness. He said there are maximum reserves of crude oil in KP and oil exploration is continuing in the province.
Rana Muhammad Afzal, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, said that the government and opposition parties must conduct a dialogue and build consensus on a charter of economy to curtail the influence of politics in fiscal policy. He also stressed the need for communicating the importance of paying tax to the private sector and public.
Former finance secretary Dr Waqar Masood Khan highlighted the constitutional and jurisdiction issues in the country’s tax regime. Ehsan Malik, CEO of the Pakistan Business Council, highlighting the need for establishing an independent tax commission at the federal level to formulate national tax policy recommended robust private sector representation on this forum.
Adnan Jalil of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry called for establishing an inter-governmental tax harmonisation commission to curb jurisdiction issues and the incidence of double taxation and increased compliance costs on businesses.


Marvi Memon, Chairperson, of Benazir Income Support Programme said that this year, BISP is launching a plan for the vulnerable groups of the community. She said that BISP is working on both socio-economic and democratic fronts and International Democracy Award adding that BISP did its job well and reached to districts like Musakhel and Dera Bugti.
Dr Abid Suleri, SDPI Executive Director, said that BISP should float a programme with food security as its major part. He advised to consolidate social safety net programmes under one umbrella with their headquarters at BISP. Former Wapda Chairperson Shams ul Mulk said that institutions, as opposed to individuals, are key to resolving issues related to water management.
Ayesha Qaisrani from SDPI said that rural women are among the most exposed to climate risks because they have limited resources and low mobility which limits their capacity to manage climate risks.

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