NA: BISP provides relief to more than five million poor families: NA informed

Islamabad: The National Assembly (NA) was informed on Wednesday that within a short span‚ Benazir Income Support Programme has made considerable progress by providing much needed relief to more than five million poor families.

This was stated by Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Farzana Raja during question hour. She said these include Internally Displaced Persons‚ earthquake and flood affectees along with bomb blast victims all across the country.

She said an amount of over three thousand and five hundred million rupees has been allocated on media advertisements to promote Benazir Income Support Programme during the last five years.

Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Division Khurram Jahangir Wattoo informed the House that the Capital Development Authority earned an income of one hundred forty-seven million rupees in 2011-12 from three toll plazas.

Minister for Science and Technology Changez Jamali while speaking on a point of order informed the House that the Prime Minister consulted all the stake-holders before imposing Governor’s Rule in Balochistan and criticism on him is undue.

On a point of order‚ Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that there is no quota for arms licenses after the Sindh High Court judgement.

He said a Smart Card was introduced by the Interior Ministry in line of old license book. He said in order to cater to large number of pending licenses a second shift has been started in the NADRA offices to facilitate the public.

The House unanimously passed “The Islamabad Capital Territory Private Educational Institutions (Registration and Regulation) Bill‚ 2012″. The bill provides for the registration‚ regulation and functioning of private educational institutions in Islamabad Capital Territory.

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