NA: (Govt has effective water conservation, management policy: NA told)

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad informed the National Assembly on Tuesday that the government is working on building water reservoirs to conserve water.

He was responding on a calling attention notice moved by Dr Nafisa Shah and others regarding poor water disputes resolution strategy and ineffective water conservation and management policy.

Shaikh Aftab said the government has an effective water conservation and management policy and water is being distributed properly among the provinces and almost all the provinces are satisfied with the method. He said there is also a system to sort out internal and external water disputes.

The House rejected a resolution moved by Dr Nafisa Shah calling upon the government to take steps to make National Counter Terrorism Authority an effective and fundamental organization.

Opposing a resolution, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb told the House that the present government has taken a number of steps to counter terrorism.

Maryam Aurangzeb said the National Counter Terrorism narrative prepared after the terrorism incident at Army Public School Peshawar was endorsed by all the political parties. She said operation Zarb-e-Azb is producing results.

Parliamentary Secretary said the service rules of NACTA has been approved and recruitment is being carried out. She said presently 157 employees are working in the authority and coordinating the National Action Plan.

Winding up debate on a resolution, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Mohammad Afzal Khan told the House that the government managed to maintain prices of essential commodities.

He said food inflation has been maintained at one percent while low prices of petroleum products have supported the government to keeping the inflation rate as lower level.

He pointed out that prices of cooking oil, potato, rice and other items have been gone down. Two bills were also introduced in the National Assembly.

These are “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Amendment of Article 11) and “The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016”. The chair referred the bills to the Standing Committees concerned for deliberations. The House will now meet today (Wednesday).