Program of Rs313bn chalked out to address issue of malnutrition

August 12, 2021: The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that a program of 313 billion rupees has been prepared to address the issue of malnutrition amongst the children.

Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Nousheen Hamid told the House during the Question Hour that the Central Development Working Party has already approved the program. 

She said the program has been prepared on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the target is to eliminate stunting by 2030.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan told the House that efforts are being made to introduce new seeds to increase the agriculture productivity including that of cotton.

He said we gave a special relief package of fifty billion rupees to the agriculture sector after the break out of Covid-19. He said subsidies were given to the farmers on fertilizers, pesticides and seed.  He said as a result of these measures, the country witnessed a record wheat production of 27.5 million metric ton. 

The Minister of State said it is the first time that the investment is being made to address the problems of the farmers.  He said a subsidy of ten billion rupees will be given to the farmers on different agriculture inputs for the Kharif season.

Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources Saleh Muhammad told the House that the work on Diamer Basha dam is in full swing. He said the installed electricity generation capacity of this project will be 4500 megawatts. He said the construction of water reservoirs will help address the issue of water shortage.

The House will now meet again today at 11 in the morning.

Radio Pakistan

Posted on: 2021-08-12T09:25:00+05:00

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