NA asks govt to take steps for reduction prices of petroleum products


ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Tuesday asked the government to reduce the prices of petroleum products.
Through a resolution, which as moved by Sahibzada Mohammad Yaqoob, the house urged to government to take steps for reducing the prices of the petroleum products.
Though another resolution, presented by Belum Hasnain, the house asked the government to take immediate steps to promote religious harmony.
Speaking on the resolution, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf said the present government has taken a series of steps to promote interfaith harmony.
The Minister said festivals of minorities including that of holi and Easter are also marked at the official level to promote religious harmony and ensure peaceful coexistence.
The House also passed two bills, Federal Public Service Commission, Amendment Bill 2017 and The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
PPP leader Shazia Marri proposed amendments in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of business in National Assembly suggesting that one fourth of the total strength of committees shall compromised of women members.
The chair referred the amendments to the relevant standing committee for further deliberations.
Responding to a call attention notice moved by Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal told the House the government has allocated 1001 billion rupees this year for provision of loans to the farmers. He said the loans are disbursed on the basis of cultivable land, recovery rate and credit requirements of the provinces. He rejected the impression that there is disparity in disbursement of farm loans between Punjab and the rest of the country. He pointed out that as compared to Punjab’s 41.23 percent, the loan disbursement growth in Sindh stood at 60.39, Balochistan sixty two percent and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa forty three percent during the first six months of current fiscal year.
Rising on a point of order, Leader of Opposition Khurshid Shah said the interest rate on agriculture loan is high as compared to the one given to the industries.
He proposed that a committee of the House should be constituted to consider matters pertaining to reducing the interest rate on agri loans and improving the disbursement method.
In his response, Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan stated that the agriculture subject stands devolved and responsibility also rests with the provinces to take a leading role in the development of the important sector.


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