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                                                                    (12th Session)

                   NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

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      “QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS AND THEIR REPLIES”

        to be asked at a sitting of the National Assembly to be held on

                           Friday, the 17th April, 2009

     (Originally Starred Question Nos. 1, 5, 11 and 16 were set down for
                            answer on 9-4-2009)

1.      *Miss Marvi Memon:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

        (a)     whether any compensation has been given to victims of terrorism
                occurred in the country during the period from March, 2008 to
                March, 2009; and

        (b)     whether any inquiry report of those incidents has been submitted
                to the Parliament?

        Minister for Interior: (a) The Provincial Governments and Islamabad
Capital Territory Administration have furnished the following details with regard to
payment of compensation to the victims of terrorism incidents occurred from March
2008 to March 2009:—

         (i)    An amount of Rs. 27.95 million (Rs. 27, 95, 0000/-) has been paid
                by the ICT Administration Islamabad.

        (ii)    An amount of Rs. 102.925 million has been paid by government of
                the Punjab. An amount of Rs. 4.450 million is also being sanctioned
                with the approval of Chief Minister Punjab for disbursement to the
                remaining victims of terrorism. Some other cases are also under
                process.

        (iii)   An amount of Rs. 0.670 million has been paid to the victims of bomb
                blast incidents by the Government of Sindh and eight (08) other cases
                are under process for payment of compensation.
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       (iv)    An amount of Rs. 99.5 million has been paid to affected Police
               personnel and Rs. 40.0 million has been paid to the affected civilians
               by the Government of NWFP.

        (v)    An amount of Rs. 46.076 million (Rs. 46,075,013/-) has been paid
               by Government of Balochistan.

        (b)    No inquiry report has been submitted to the Parliament so for.

5.      *Dr. Attiya Inayatullah:

        Will the Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics be pleased to state:

        (a)    the time by which the 6th Population and Housing Census will be
               conducted in the country; and

        (b)    the steps taken so far to conduct the said Census?

        Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Statistics (Ms. Hina
Rabbani Khar): (a) A Summary has been submitted to the Cabinet proposing
following date lines for the 6th Population & Housing Census:—

         (i)   House Listing Operation with effect from 27th April to 11th May 2009;

        (ii)   Population & Housing Census in October 2009.

        (b) Population Census Organization (Statistics Division) has initiated a
number of steps to prepare itself for conducting the census on time. Preparatory
work i.e. updating of rural and urban maps, finalization of mauza lists, delimitation
of census areas etc. has been completed. Census questionnaires have also been
formulated in consultation with stake holders, keeping in view the national needs
and international recommendations. A pilot census to test census procedures has
already been carried out in March/April, 2008.

        In addition, detail of steps taken is also enclosed at Annex-I.

                                                                             Annex-I

                            GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN
           MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS AND STATISTICS
                       STATISTICS DIVISION

         (i)   Calendar of activities/timeframe showing sequence and estimated
               duration of major activities prepared and sent to provincial offices for
               compliance.
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  (ii)   Work plan giving details/procedure of major activities prepared and
         finalized after consultation with the experts/technical groups.

 (iii)   Consultation with data users/stake holders held at various level to
         determine their needs regarding topics to be covered and tabulation to
         produce.

 (iv)    Cartographic/Geographic work has been completed. Updating of rural
         (50666) as well as urban area maps (5316 census circles) completed.

  (v)    Three questionnaires finalized and approved by the Census Advisory
         Committee which were drafted in consultation with data users/experts
         and in the light of recommendations made in Census Methodology
         workshop.

 (vi)    Pre-test of the questionnaires as well as manual of instructions held in
         June 2007 to asses clarity of concept & definition, wording, flow/
         sequence, sensitivity of questions, etc.

(vii)    Delimitation of census areas has been completed while appointment
         of field staff has been completed.

(viii)   To test various planning steps and procedures, pilot census was
         conducted in March/April, 2008 through out the country covering over
         20,000 households.

 (ix)    A Census Advisory Committee comprising representatives of Federal
         and Provincial Government departments, universities and individual
         experts formed to finalize questionnaires, census methodology, etc.

  (x)    Sensitization workshops for the provincial and district functionaries on
         census and gender issues organized at each provincial Headquarters.

 (xi)    Similar workshops for orientation of Census District officers (CDOs)
         held at Regional level through out Pakistan.

(xii)    For close liaison and effective supervision Five Regional Offices opened
         at Sukkur, Khuzdar, FATA, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit.

(xiii)   Training material i.e. Manual of Instructions has been printed and
         supplied at census district level.

(xiv)    Training of the Trainers has been completed while training of field
         staff is being started with effect from 30th March to 23rd April, 2009.
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11.    *Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir:

       Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

       (a)     the total number of incidents of terrorism that took place in the
               country during the period from January, 2008 to March, 2009;

       (b)     the total number of persons killed in the said incidents;

       (c)     the total value of losses to the property;

       (d)     the compensation given to the affectees; and

       (e)     the steps taken to control the terrorism in the country?

        Minister for Interior: (a) The Provincial Governments and Islamabad
Capital Territory Administration have furnished the following details:—

        (i)    07 incidents of terrorism took place in Islamabad from January 2008
               to March 2009.

       (ii)    12 incidents of terrorism took place in the Punjab from January
               2008 to March 2009.

       (iii)   09 incidents of terrorism took place in Sindh from January 2008 to
               March 2009.

      (iv)     692 incidents of terrorism took place in NWFP from January 2009.

       (v)     1122 incidents of terrorism took place in Balochistan from January
               2008 to March 2009.

(b)

        (i)    087 persons were killed in terrorism incidents in Islamabad from
               January 2008 to March 2009.

       (ii)    119 persons were killed in terrorism incidents in Punjab from January
               2008 to March 2009.

       (iii)   21 persons were killed in terrorism incidents in sindh from January
               2008 to March 2009.

      (iv)     732 were killed in terrorism incidents in NWFP from January 2008 to
               March 2009.
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      (v)     436 persons were killed in terrorism incidents in Balochistan from
              January 2008 to March 2009.

(c)

       (i)    Loss of property/vehicles of Denmark Embassy, In Islamabad was
              assessed as Rs. 12.121 million. Where as assessment of property
              losses of other bomb blast incidents has not been assessed so for.

      (ii)    Home Department, Punjab is collecting details of value of loss to the
              property from the District Governments and will furnish the same on
              completion.

      (iii)   Total value loss to the property is Rs. 5.025 million in Sindh.

      (iv)    Total value loss to the property is Rs. 2680 million in NWFP.

      (v)     In Balochistan, losses an amount of Rs. 99.5 million has been paid
              to affected Police personnel and Rs. 40.0 million has been paid to
              the affected civilians by the Government of Balochistan. Losses to
              the private properties have been assessed worth Rs. 25 million.
              However losses of government properties including Railway Tracks/
              Bogies, Electric Pylons and gas pipelines have not been assessed so for.

(d)

       (i)    An amount of Rs 27.95 million has been paid by the ICT
              Administration Islamabad.

      (ii)    An amount of Rs. 102.925 million has been paid by government of
              the Punjab. An amount of Rs. 4.450 million is also being sanctioned
              with the approval of Chief Minister Punjab for disbursement to the
              remaining victims of terrorism. Some other cases are also under process.

      (iii)   An amount of Rs. 0.670 million has been paid to the victims of bomb
              blast incidents by the Government of Sindh and eight (08) other cases
              are under process for payment of compensation.

      (iv)    An amount of Rs. 99.5 million has been paid to affected Police
              personnel and Rs. 40.0 million has been paid to the affected civilians
              by the Government of NWFP.

      (v)     An amount of Rs. 46.076 million has been paid by the Government
              of Balochistan.
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        (e)    The following steps have been taken to control terrorism in the
country:—

        (i)    Police has enhanced extensive patrolling and regularly conducting raids
               on the hideouts of criminals, extremist and terrorists. Coordination and
               exchange of information with Federal and Provincial Intelligence
               Agencies has been enhanced.

        (ii)   Hard line workers of banned organizations have been placed under
               surveillance and head money/reward money has been announced for
               the arrest of those involved in terrorism, sectarianism and extremism.
               Display of arms has been banned.

       (iii)   Publication and distribution of hate literature has been banned. Fire
               brand speeches of extremists are not allowed.

       (iv)    Un-authorized construction of Mosques and Madaris is being stopped
               to lessen sectarian divide. Data of local as well as foreign students
               studying in Deeni Madaris is being maintained.

       (v)     Close Circuit Cameras have been installed and Police personnel in
               plain clothes are deployed on all important busy centers. Registration
               and repatriation of Afghan Refugees is done and monitored. Police
               pickets have been established at exist/entry points on inter Provincial
               borders.

       (vi)    Anti-Terrorist Training to the police personnel is being imparted.

16.     *Begum Nuzhat Sadiq:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

       (a)     the functions of “NADRA Kiosk” alongwith advantages thereof;

       (b)     the total amount incurred on the said project; and

       (c)     the province-wise amount earned by NADRA by issuing CNIC
               and machine readable passports during the years 2007-08 and
               2008-09?

        Minister for Interior: (a) NADRA kiosk has been developed to carryout
various day to day transactions which involve payment of utility/telecom bills,
purchase of prepaid PINs of phone cards and Verification of CNICs. e-sahulat is
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the modified version of Kiosk under which franchisees are operating outlets through
a desktop machine. For easy access of citizens kiosks / e-sahulat have been deployed
at various public places across the country especially in congested and low income
group areas. Now citizens do not have to stand in long queues for their utility bill
payments. Once the transaction is executed through NADRA Kiosk / e-sahulat
machine payment is immediately credited to subscriber’s account through encrypted
secure network channel. After completion of e-transaction, the system issues a
printed receipt as an acknowledgement and updated the balance.

        (b) The total amount incurred on the said project uptill 31st December,
2008 is Rs. 290.45 million.

        (c) The Province-wise amount earned by NADRA by issuing CNIC during
the years 2007-08 and 2008-09 is attached as Annex-A, whereas , Machine Readable
Passports are being managed by Directorate General of Immigration and Passport.

       The amount earned through passport and visa fee for the year 2007-2008
and 2008-2009 is as under:—

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S.  Province Amount earned during   Amount earned
No.            Financial year     during Financial year
                 2007-2008             2008-2009
                                  (Up to January, 2009)
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 1.   Federal Capital          Rs. 155.391 Million          Rs. 93.520 Million
 2.   Punjab                   Rs. 2543.034 Million         Rs. 1328.325 Million
 3.   Sindh                    Rs. 963.712 Million          Rs. 475.009 Million
 4.    NWFP                    Rs. 831.012 Million          Rs. 479.979 Million
 5.   Balochistan              Rs. 72.766 Million           Rs. 49.548 Million
 6.   AJ&K                     Rs. 159.738 Million          Rs. 68.050 Million
      Total                     Rs. 4725.653 Million        Rs. 2494.431 Million
 7.  Amount earned    Rs. 2531.169 Million Rs. 1627.674 Million
     through Pakistan
     Missions Abroad
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Grand Total           Rs. 7256.822 Million Rs. 4122.105 Million
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119.    *Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel:

        Will the Minister Incharge of the Prime Minister Secretariat be pleased
        to state:

       (a)   whether it is a fact that with the assistance of the Saudi Arabia
             and UAE Governments hospitals are being constructed in the
             affected areas of earthquake October, 2005;

       (b)   if so, the locations of those Hospitals;

       (c)   the time by which the construction of those hospitals started; and

       (d)   the authority who is supervising the construction thereof?

        Minister Incharge of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat: (a) Yes.

      (b) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.—The location of 17 Health Facilities in
NWFP being reconstructed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is at Annex-A.

       Government of UAE is assisting in reconstruction of two hospitals in AJ&K,
i.e Combined - Military Hospitals(CMH) Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot.
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        (c) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.—The time line for the reconstruction of
17 health facilities reconstructed by KSA is at Annex-A.

        Government of UAE.—The reconstruction work of Combined Military
Hospitals (CMH) Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot by the Government of UAE, started
in August 2007 and expected date of completion is first week of June 2009.

       (d)   Earthquake Reconstructionand Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA)
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120.    *Ms. Shireen Arshad Khan:

        Will the Minister for Commerce be pleased to state the total volume of
        trade made with India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan during the years
        2006-07 and 2007-08?

         Minister for Commerce (Makhdoom Amin Fahim): The total volume
of trade of Pakistan made with India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan during the years
2006-07 and 2007-08 is as under:—

(i)     India

                             Value in Million US$
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   Year    Exports Imports Total Volume
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        2006 – 07           342.918         1235.885        1578.803
   2007 – 08 254.858 1701.445 1956.303
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(ii)    Bangladesh
                             Value in Million US$
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   Year    Exports Imports Total Volume
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        2006 – 07           261.947         58.326          320.273
   2007 – 08 341.958 69.461 411.419
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(iii)   Afghanistan
                             Value in Million US$
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   Year    Exports Imports Total Volume
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        2006 – 07           753.939          76.262         830.201
   2007 – 08 1143.663 91.350 1235.013
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121.   *Mr. Humair Hayat Rokhri:

       Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)   whether the loan obtained from banks by the affectees of calamity
             hit areas of Balochistan during the year 2007-08 has been written
             off;

       (b)   if so, the amount thereof?

       Reply not received.


122.   *Mrs. Shamshad Sattar Bachani:

       Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state the total
       outstanding bank loans against sick Industrial Units alongwith the
       total amount recovered under the new scheme?

       Reply not received.

123.   *Mr. Tariq Mehmood Bajwa:

       Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)   the total number of investment companies established in the
             country during the last five years alongwith the total amount
             invested by the public in those companies separately during the
             said period; and

       (b)   whether it is a fact that ban has been imposed on those companies;

       (c)   if so, whether the amount has been refunded to the clients alongwith
             the amount thereof; and

       (d)   the authority who ordered for the said refund alongwith the total
             number of outstanding claims against those companies at present?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) Only one investment company/
investment bank i.e. KASB Capital Limited was incorporated during the last five
years. KASB Capital Limited wasI incorporated on November 21, 2006 with a paid-
up capital of Rs.2,021 million. The entire shareholding of KASB Capital was
contributed by its sponsors and there was no public investment in the company.
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KASB Capital Limited was merged with and into KASB Bank Limited in January
2009.

      (b) No ban has been imposed on the registration of new : investment
companies/investment banks.

       (c) As no ban has been imposed by SECP on investment companies/
investment banks, the question of refund or authorization does not arise.

       (d) As no ban has been imposed by SECP on investment companies/
investment banks, the question of refund or authorization does not arise.


124.    *Mrs. Shakeela Khanam Rashid:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that passengers going abroad are not allowed
              to carry Pakistani currency at present;

        (b)   whether it is also a fact that there is no limit to carry foreign
              currency by those passengers going abroad;

        (c)   if the answers to parts (a) and (b) above are affirmative, the
              reasons thereof?

         Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) Not correct. State Bank of
Pakistan has granted permission for taking out Rs. 500 to those passengers traveling
to India and Rs.3000 to those traveling to any other Country.

         (b) This is also not correct. State Bank has granted general permission to
take out of Pakistan US$ 10.000/- or equivalent thereof in other foreign currencies.

         (c) As the answers to part (a) and (b) are not in affirmative, hence the
reply to the query in part (c) is not required.

125.    *Rana Mahmood-ul-Hassan:

        Will the Minister for Planning and Development be pleased to state:

        (a)   the names of those development projects abandoned due to
              financial crunch in the country during the current fiscal year
              2008-09 alongwith their locations and cost of those projects;
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        (b)     the criteria adopted to select each project for its abandonment;
                and

        (c)     whether those projects will be carried out during the next
                budgetary year on priority basis?

        Minister for Planning and Development (Makhdoom Shahabuddin):
(a) There are 140 development projects of various Ministries/ Divisions which have
been discontinued during the current fiscal year. A complete list of those projects
alongwith their name, cost, location, expenditure and allocation for 2008-09 is placed
at Annex-I.

         (b)    While selecting these projects, the following have been the guiding
factors: —

         (i)    New and un-approved projects which were yet to start.

        (ii)    Such on-going projects where expenditure was nominal; in most cases
                less than 10% of total cost.

        (iii)   These projects were identified in consultation with the sponsoring/
                executing Ministries.


        (c) The inclusion of these projects in the next budgetary year will depend
upon (i) fiscal space available and (ii) the priority accorded by the sponsoring
Ministries/Divisions.

        (Annexure has been placed in the National Assembly Library).

126.    *Mrs. Nisar Tanveer:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)     whether it is a fact that sales tax on purchase of fabric and cloth
                was abolished during the budget 2005-06;

        (b)     whether it also a fact that refund of those sales tax has not been
                given to the concerned exporters so far; if so, the reasons thereof;
                and

        (c)     the time by which the said amount will be refunded to the claimants?
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        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) Yes.

         (b) Refund has not been given to those exporters who failed to export the
textile products within the extended time limit upto 31-12-2005.

         (c) Refund cannot be given to the exporters who exported after 31-12-2005.

127.    *Miss. Nafisa Shah:

        Will the Minister for Commerce be pleased to state:

        (a)   the best commercial flower species being grown in Pakistan at
              present alongwith the locations thereof;

        (b)   the details of export potential of floriculture in Pakistan at present;
              and

        (c)   the steps being taken by the Government to develop floriculture
              in the country?

        Minister for Commerce (Makhdoom Amin Fahim): (a) The best
commercial cut-flowers are roses, gladiolus tuberoses, marigold, orchids, gerbera
and lilium. The industry of growing flowers and other ornamental crops are
concentrate around Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan,
Faisalabad and Quetta. However the rest of detail is annexed at. A.

         (b) Pakistan has export potential in the global markets like UAE. Saudi
Arabia and Russian Federation and European Union. In Pakistan majority of flowers
are produced in winter while Europe yields low production in the same season due
to snow. While most of religious and traditional occasions are held in this period.
This is an excellent opportunity for Pakistan to promote floriculture sector to fulfill
the demand of European markets. The area under floriculture cultivation is estimated
to be around 1,000 acres (Source: PHDEB).

         (c) Pakistan horticulture Development Export Board under the umbrella
of Ministry of Commerce has initiated a number of steps to develop floriculture
sector in the country. The detail is annexed at B.

                                                                            Annex A

        The places such as Pattoki near Lahore, Sahiwal in Sargodha district and
location in the vicinity in Hyderabad are assumed important because of growing
sizeable area of flowers.
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    Following floriculture crops are being grown in different areas of Pakistan.

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          Flower Crops                               Area / Location
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Roses, tuberoses, gladiolus, marigold, gerbera, Pattoki/ Lahore
lilium, chrysanthemum

Roses, gladioli, carnation, day lily etc.              Islamabad & Rawalpindi

Tulip. lilies, narcissus, gladioli, roses              Balochistan

Daffodil, predominantly (Narcissus, tazeta)            Northern region ( mainly area of
                                                       Swat and Abbottabad)
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                            Annex B

          The steps taken by PHDEB to develop floriculture

            i.    PHDEB has submitted a project “Establishment of floriculture common
                  facility farm” to the planning commission for funding as model farm of
                  32 hectors includes green houses and pack houses, that project will be
                  export oriented as role model for floriculture industry.

            ii.   PHDEB has introduced the pilot project of Gladiolus cultivation to
                  promote floriculture sector

           iii.   PHDEB is working on a project “Establishment of flora model farm at
                  malti (Hyderabad), Sindh. That project has been approved by EDf
                  (export development fund).

           iv.    PHDEB has arranged exposure visits for the floriculture growers of
                  Balochistan to pulse, India.

128.      *Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir:

          Will the Minister for Commerce be pleased to state:

          (a)     whether it is a fact that trade deficit amounting to 10.727 billion
                  dollars has occurred during the period from January, 2008 to
                  January, 2009; if so, the reason thereof; and

          (b)     the steps taken to control the said deficit?
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        Minister for Commerce (Makhdoom Amin Fahim): (a) The trade deficit
during January 2008 to January 2009 was US$ 23.1 billion.

           The reasons for this trade deficit are as under:—

                 Growth in imports outpaced exports growth during this period.

                 Increased import of raw material and machinery.

                 High petroleum import bill during the period due to rising global oil
                 prices.

                 Import of wheat and raw cotton due to local shortage.

           (b)   The government has taken the following steps to control the trade
deficit:
                 Duty on non-essential and luxury items has been raised in the federal
                 Budget 2008-09.

                 L/C margin has been imposed since 22nd May, 2008 on import of all
                 non-essential items.

                 Regulatory Duty ranging from 15.50% has been imposed on the import
                 of 397 consumer items since 27th August, 2008.

                 Incentives to the exporters for boosting exports such as concessionary
                 financing and duty free import of raw material and machinery for
                 export sector.

129.       *Mrs. Yasmeen Rehman:

           Will the Minister for Commerce be pleased to state the total quantity of
           coal imported for cement factories during the last five years alongwith
           the foreign exchange incurred thereon?

       Minister for Commerce (Makhdoom Amin Fahim): (a) The requisite
information is as under:—
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       Year               Qty (Tons)          Value (Rs
                                               Million)
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       2003-04             1,127,686            2,726
       2004-05               805,272            4,277
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   2005-06            1,674,963      6,421
   2006-07            2,231,760      9,524
   2007-08            3,369,159     24,778
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   Source: Federal Board of Revenue

130.    *Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

        (a)   the number of Housing Scheme and Societies operating in
              Islamabad without registration at present alongwith the action
              taken against them; and

        (b)   the present status of the Senate Secretariat Employees Co-operative
              Housing Society?

        Reply not received.


131.    *Sardar Shahjehan Yousaf:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that ZTBL will establish a Model Village in
              Tehsil Balakot and Mansehra;

        (b)   if so, the time by which it will be implemented?

         Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) To implement the vision of the
Government, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. (ZTBL) has initiated a Pilot Project to
establish one Model Village in each Zone. Although Abbottabad Zone covers Balakot
and Mansehra Tehsils yet as a first step Dingi Village of Haripur Tehsil has been
selected for establishment of Model Village in Abbottabad Zone. After addressing
to the teething problems of the project, this scheme will be extended at District level.


        (b) At present no time schedule can be given for establishment of
Model Villages at District Level as the practical problems in pilot villages are to be
looked into.
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132.    *Begum Nuzhat Sadiq:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

        (a)   the total number of illegal “foreigners” imprisoned in Pakistani
              Jails during the year 2008-09;

        (b)   the total number of illegal women foreigners arrested during the
              last three years; and

        (c)   the steps taken to control the flow of illegal immigrants in the
              covntry?


        Minister for Interior: (a) Six thousand and seven (6007) illegal foreigners
were imprisoned in Pakistani jails during the year 2008-09, Province-wise details
are as under:—

        Sindh                         :         678
        NWFP                          :          80
        Balochistan                   :        5087
        Punjab                        :         162
        Total :                       :        6007


         (b) One hundred sixty two (162) illegal women foreigners arrested during
the last three years, Province-wise details are as under:—

        Sindh                         :        143
        NWFP                          :         03
        Balochistan                   :         10
        Punjab                        :         06
        Total :                       :        162

        (c) FIA immigration has the responsibility of checking the documents of
the passengers at the designated exit/entry points i.e. 11 airports, 07 land routes and
04 seaports.

        With the introduction of improved measures like Machine Readable Passports
(MRP). Forgery Detection Machines (FDM), issuance of CNICs & NICOP, the
deportation from legal exit points has decreased to less than 01%. Below is the
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number of Pakistani deportees who managed to travel from these legal exit points
on fake documents:—

                            DEPORTEE ON FORGED
                             DOCUMENTS (DFD’s)

                2006             2007              2008               2009
                174               145                81                 27

        Similarly. illegal immigration controlled, by offloading passengers traveling
abroad on forged documents. Details given below:—

                           OFF LOADEE ON FORGED
                             DOCUMENTS (OFD’s)

                2006             2007              2008              2009
                518               235               572                 180

        However, 99% of human smuggling takes placing through Pak-Iran border.
Though all possible preventive measures have been adopted. Yet difficult terrain,
provide smugglers sufficient space to include in this illegal business. A list of deportees
from Pakistan and other countries to Pakistan is given below:—

                         Deportees Iran, Turkey, Greece,
                            Oman and Spain (ITGOS)

                2006             2007              2008               2009
                14003            12371             18086                987

         Strict preventive measures in place

        (i) The figures for the arrest of Human Smugglers/facilitators are given
as below:—

                         Deportees Iran, Turkey, Greece,
                            Oman and Spain (ITGOS)

                2006             2007              2008               2009
                1462              1526             1642                 302

         (ii)   Enhanced vigilance at all notified entry/exit points.
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         (iii) Interceptions at international borders. The Government of Pakistan
decided to set up an Inter Agency Task Forcer (IATF) in 2005 to coordinate the
efforts of different government agencies working in Balochistan province bordering
with Iran. These include FIA (lead Agency), Balochistan Constabulary. Balochistan
Police, Pakistan Coast Guard, Maritime Security Agency, NADRA, Pakistan
Rangers, Local Police and Military Intelligence Agencies to intercept the illegal
immigrants. The number of interception of IATF are as below:—

        2005             2006         2007            2008             2009
        2463             3635         10703           8543             1095

        Public awareness campaign.

        (a)    Advertisements in print media
        (b)    Talks/Documentaries on electronic media
        (c)    Seminars/workshops
        (d)    Documents/pamphlets
        (e)    Walks

        Red Book of 69 Most Wanted Human (MWT) Smuggles/Traffickers is
maintained and shared internationally, 13 MWTs from this Red Bood have been
arrested.
        Red Notices of 17 MWTs through Interpol Issued.
        Prosecution of Human Smugglers/ Traffickers.

        International Liaison

               Bilateral Groups
               — Pakistan — Oman
               — Pakistan — UK
               Trilateral Groups
               — Pakistan-Iran-Turkey
               — Pakistan-Turkey-Greece
               Quadrilateral Group
               — Pakistan-Greece-Turkey-Iran
               Interpol
               — 1-24/7 Communication Network
               — Red Corner Notices
               Foreign Missions in Pakistan
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        Other Measure

        —     Internal accountability

        —     Capacity building of immigration staff

        —     Forgery Detection Machines at Immigration Check-posts

        —     Personal Identification Secure Comparison Evaluation System
              (PISCES)

        —     Pakistan Automated Finger Prints Identification System (PAFIS)

        —     Human Traffickers Information System (HUTIS)

                        PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION
                        SECURE COMPARISON AND
                       EVALUATION SYSTEM (PISCES)

        PISCES has been installed at all immigration Check posts for detection of
forgery in travel documents and maintenance of record of incoming and outgoing
passengers. Due to this arrangement. trafficking/smuggling of migrants on fake
documents have declined. It also includes list of most wanted traffickers/watch list
& other important deportees/off-loadees who managed to travel on fake documents.

       HUMAN TRAFFICKING INFORMATION SYSTEM (HUTIS)

         HUTIS has been installed. All Zonal Directors including FIA’s Anti Human
Trafficking Circles have been directed to enter the data of all human smugglers/
traffickers, agents, sub agents and facilitators.

                   ANTI HUMAN TRAFFICKING CIRCLES

         Anti Human Smuggling Wing followed by the establishment of AHTCs has
been set up for effective control and monitoring. There are 15 Anti Human Trafficking
Circles of FIA at Islamabad, Karachi, Larkana, Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan,
Faisalabad, D.G. Khan, Rawalpindi. Peshawar, Mardan, Quetta, Taftan, Chaman
and Turbat. These Circles are responsible to combat Human Trafficking, illegal
immigration and migrant smuggling.
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                      ANTI TRAFFICKING UNITS (ATUs)

        The Government of Pakistan has also established Anti Human Trafficking
Units (AHTUs) AT ALL THE Provincial Police Headquarters, FIA HQ & FIA
Zonal HQs.

   EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKERS/
                      SMUGGLERS

         Information regarding human traffickers/ smugglers is disseminated through
Interpol.

133.    *Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   the subsidy given by the Government on oil and gas during the
              year, 2008-09 till-date;

        (b)   the impact on national exchequer as well as on people, of the
              said subsidy given during the above period?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) The Government has provided
Rs.66.5 billion as subsidy on account of price differential claims on petroleum products
during 2008-09 till date. However, no subsidy on gas is being provided by the
Government through Budget;

        (b) Rs. 66.5 billion has been paid out of national exchequer during 2008-09,
which was not charged from the consumers. That amounts to relief to the people.
However, this increased the deficit financing of the government by the same amount
during that period.

134.    *Haji Parviz Khan:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that the building of Pakistan Mint is in a
              dilapidated condition at present;

        (b)   if so, the reasons thereof?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) The Building of Pakistan Mint
requires repairs and maintenance.
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        (b) Major repair and maintenance work of Mint building was withheld in
1994 in pursuance of the decision of the Finance Committee on Defence Planning to
shift Pakistan Mint to Islamabad due to security reasons. The Finance Committee
on Defence Planning, however, reviewed its earlier decision of 1994 during the
meeting held on 20-3-2008, and decided to modernize Pakistan Mint at its existing
premises. An amount of Rs 3 million has now been allocated in the current year’s
budget for repair/ maintenance of Mint building. The repair and maintenance work
has been started, which is expected to be completed shortly.

135.    *Mrs. Belum Husnain:

        Will the Minister for Commerce be pleased to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that the countries to whom leather garment
              were exported during last three years had rejected those garments
              due to sub standard quality thereof;

        (b)   if so, the action taken against the concerned exporters; and

        (c)   the steps taken to control exports of inferior quality products
              abroad?

        Minister for Commerce (Makhdoom Amin Fahim): (a) The matter of
export of sub-standard quality of Leather Garments during the last three years was
taken up and discussed with Pakistan Leather Garments Manufacturers & Exporters
Association. They have confirmed that there has been no rejection due to sub-
standard quality of Pakistani leather goods/garments for the last three years by any
country or market.

        (b) Since no sub-standard quality export of Leather Garments was made,
therefore no action was taken against any exporter.

        (c) To control export of inferior quality Leather products abroad the
valuation committees are setup according to the Custom Act under the Collector/
Additional Collectors in all Collectorates. If he issue of sub-standard is observed at
the time of export, or issue of over valuation is felt. immediately the consignment is
stopped and is brought into the knowledge of Association and exporters concerned.

136.    *Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that withholding tax on withdrawal of foreign
              currency from Banks in Pakistan is being levied;
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       (b)    if so, the reasons thereof; and

        (c)   the impact on the economy of the country thereof?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) Presently, no withholding tax is
being levied on withdrawals from the Foreign Currency Accounts maintained with
the banks, because these accounts are immune from tax under the Protection of
Economic Reforms Act, 1992.

        (b)   No answer as no tax is leviable.

        (b)   No impact can be put forth as no tax is being levied.

137.    *Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)    whether it is a fact that the Zarai Taraqiati Bank will introduce
              insurance scheme for the borrowers of loan from bank for crops
              during the current Rabi season; and

       (b)    whether there is any proposal under consideration to compensate
              those borrowers who are affected by natural calamity?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) Yes, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd.
(ZTBL) has launched Crop Loans Insurance Scheme (CLIS) for 5 major crops i.e.
Wheat, Cotton, Sugarcane, Rice & Maize during the month of January, 2009. Loans
disbursed after the issuance of Circular for Rabi Crops shall be insured under the
Scheme.

      (b) ZTBL has not so far compensated any borrower affected by calamity.
However, under CLIS such affectees shall be compensated by the insurance
company.

138.    *Mr. Faiz Muhammad Khan:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

       (a)    the total number of Passport Offices functioning abroad at present
              alongwith the name of countries; and

       (b)    the procedure/criteria adopted for posting of staff/officers in those
              offices?
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          Minister for Interior: (a) The list of passport offices functioning ahrond
is all as Annex-A.

       (b) The Ministry of Interior has constituted the following selection
committee for considering the cases of individuals for posting abroad:

         (i)    Additional Secretary Ministry of Interior (Chairperson)

        (ii)    Director General Immigration & Passports (Member).

        (iii)   Project Director Machine Readahle Passport Project (Member).

       (iv)     Deputy Director (Admin) Immigration & Passports (Member/
                Seeretary).

         The avove referred committee scrutinizes the profiles of Assistant Directors/
Deputy Assistant Directors for posting at the foreign missions in accordance with
their past performance, quality of their work and seniority. As far as the technical
officers and data entry operators are concerned, being the contract employees of
MRP Project, they are short listed on the basis of their capability, performance and
seniority in the department and selection is made after interview by the above referred
committee. Provincial representation is also kept in view.
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139.   *Miss. Shaheen Ishfaq:

       Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)   the rate of growth in the deposits of domestic scheduled banks
             during the fiscal year 2006-07;

       (b)   the growth in local currency and in foreign currency in those
             banks; and

       (c)   the growth in the receipts of State Bank of Pakistan during the
             said period?

       Reply not received.

140.   *Ms. Tasneem Siddiqui:

       Will the Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics be pleased to state:

       (a)   the total amount of loans and grants received from the Members
             of the Paris Club and G-8 Countries during the last three years
             alongwith the purpose thereof;

       (b)   the utilization of said loans grant so far; and

       (c)   the benefits accrued to the country thereof

        Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Statistics (Ms. Hina
Rabbani Khar): (a) An amount of $1527.9 million was received (disbursed)
from the Members of the Paris Club and G-8 Countries during the last three years
(2005-06 to 2007-08). Grant amounted to $1212.2 million and Loan $315.6
million. The disbursement was made for the following purposes:
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                                         [$ Million]
————————————————————————————————
        Purpose             Grant  Loan     Total
————————————————————————————————
   BOP/Budgetary Support    643.0    —     643.0
   Earthquake R.A.           71.7 150.7    222.4
   Food                      22.0    —       22.0
   Project                  475.4 165.0    640.4
————————————————————————————————
                   Total: 1.212.2 315.6 1,527.9
————————————————————————————————

        (b)   The amount disbursed was utilized.

         (c) As is clear from the above table, development projects were financed
to the tune of $640.4 million, earthquake assistance $222.4, food aid $22 million
and BOP / Budgetary Support $643 million.

141.    *Maulvi Asmatullah:

        Will the Minister for Planning and Development be pleased to state:

        (a)   the total number of development projects launched in Balochistan
              under the PSDP during the current fiscal year, 2008-09;

        (b)   the basic feature of each project;

        (c)   the present status of each of those projects; and

        (d)   the amount allocated for each project during the current fiscal
              year 2008-09. alongwith the amount released so far?

        Minister for Planning and Development (Makhdoom Shahabuddin):
(a) During the current fiscal year, twenty eight (28) new development projects located
in Balochistan costing about Rs 24 billion have been included in the federal PSDP
2008-09.

        (b) These schemes were proposed by the sponsors i.e Federal Ministries/
Divisions and Government of Balochistan as per their development priorities in social
as well as infrastructure sectors.
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        (c) About 16 out of 28 schemes have been approved during the CFY
which are at initial stage of implementation and other are yet to be approved by the
competent forums. The pace of work on these projects would pick up momentum in
the next fiscal year.

        (d) An amount of Rs 476 million has been allocated against 28 development
schemes. Against the approved schemes, Rs 41.22 million have been released by
the Finance Division so far. (details Annexd).
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142.    *Dr. Nadeem Ehsan:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)   whether it is a fact that HBFC has discontinued to grant loan for
             construction of house; if so, the reason thereof; and

       (b)   whether there is any proposal to privatize HBFC; if so, the
             justification thereof?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) No. HBFCL is still granting
loans for construction of houses.

         (b) (i) Decision regarding privatization of HBFCL is under process in the
Privatization Commission.

         Privatization of HBFCL, when undertaken, would be in Public Private
Partnership mode. Privatization Commission was apprised during its meeting held in
February 2009 that HBFCL being on concurrent list would require approval of CCI.
PC Board. however, decided to refer the matter to Law & Justice Division to seek
their opinion on need for seeking approval of CCI


     ISLAMABAD:                                  KARAMAT HUSSAIN NIAZI,
The 16th April, 2009.                                   Secretary.




 PCPPI—2485(09) NA—16-04-2009—700.
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                                                                                                        12th Session

                           NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

                                                       ————

              “UNSTARRED QUESTIONS AND THEIR REPLIES”

                                    For Friday, the 17th April, 2009

  (Originally Unstarred Question Nos. 37, 1, 2 and 16 were set down for
                          answer on 9-4-2009)

37.         Ms. Khalida Mansoor:

            Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

            (a)       the year-wise total amount of financial assistance received by
                      the Government from abroad to control terrorism in the country
                      during last three years, alongwith the name of countries thereof;
                      and

            (b)       the total amount spent so far?

        Minister for Interior: (a) Financial Assistance received by Civil Armed
Forces from abroad to control terrorism during last three years is as under:—
————————————————————————————————
 Name of          Financial Year               Amount              Amount            Amount         8% Security     Name of
 CAFs                                         Received             Utilized         Surrender      of Contractor    Country
———————————————————————————————————————————
 Frontier              2006-07         Rs. 2,753,000/-     Rs. 2,753,000/-          Nil                Nil          United
 Constabulary          2007-08         Rs. 34,685,000/-    Rs. 26,913,417/- Rs. 6,034,852/-     Rs. 1,736,731/-     States
 NWFP                  2008-09         Rs. 35,655.977/-         In Progress         Nil                Nil          through
                                                                                                                    US
                          Total:       Rs,73,093,977/-     Rs.29,666,417/-     Rs. 6,034,852     Rs. 1,736,731/-    Embassy
                                                                                                                    (NAS)
                                                                                                                    Islamabad
 Frontier              2005-06              5688000/-           5688000/-              —                 —          United
 Corps                 2006-07             39130000/-          39130000/-                                           States
 (NWFP),               2007-08             51166240/-          51166240/-

                          Total:           95984240/-          95984240/-

 Frontier
 Corps                    No financial assistance received from any country on account of controlling terrorism during last
 (Balochistan),         three years.

 Pakistan                                   -do-
 Coast Guards
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————
 (b) Frontier Constabulary NWFP Rs. 29,666,417/-
     Frontier Corps (NWFP),     Rs. 95,984,240/-
      Total amount spent :                                Rs. 125,650,657/-
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1.        Miss Marvi Memon:

          Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

          (a)     the steps taken to control the sectarian and ethnic terror incidents
                  in Pakistan; and

          (b)     the total number of those incidents occurred from March, 2008
                  to March, 2009?

          Reply not received.

2.        Dr. Attiya Inayatullah:

          Will the Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics be pleased to
          state the steps taken to compile the separate census of female working
          in formal and informal sectors of agriculture at present?

         Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Statistics (Ms. Hina
Rabbani Khar): (a) As the formal and informal role of female participation in the
agriculture sector is to be reflected on permanent and casual basis in the agriculture
sector, the Census Questionnaire has been prepared in such a manner which may
provide gender-wise information of the farm households as well as hired labour.
The questionnaire is as follows:—

     1.       Relating to Household

           (i)    Household members who did only their own agricultural work on
                  permanent basis.

          (ii)    Household members who did only their own agricultural work on
                  part-time basis.

          (iii)   Household members who did their own non-agricultural work on
                  permanent and or part-time basis.

          (iv)    Household members who were usually engaged in agricultural work
                  of others on payment basis.

          (v)     Household members who were usually engaged in non-agricultural
                  work of others on payment basis.
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      2.    Relating to Hiring of Labour

           (i)    Did you get done your any casual agricultural work on payment?

           (ii)   Did you employ on your holding permanent workers for agricultural
                  work?

16.        Maulvi Asmatullah:

           Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

           (a)    the names of individuals and companies/firms whom the Federal
                  Government has issued licences of purchase and sale of liquor
                  in Islamabad at present; and

           (b)    the prescribed procedure for issuance of those licenses?

        Minister for Interior: (a) At present the following 03 hotels and one
bonded warehouse have been issued L-2 License (i.e. permission for sale of liquor)
in Islamabad:—
————————————————————————————————
  Sl.       Name of Hotel/Company                        Year of issue of
  No.    to whom license (L-2) is issued.                    license
————————————————————————————————
    1. M/s. Marriot Hotel. G-5, Agha Khan Road,          1978 i.e. Prior to
        Islamabad.                                       creation of ICT
                                                         Administration.
      2.   M/s. Best Western Hotel, Club Road,                 June, 1995.
           near Rawal Dam, Islamabad.
      3.   M/s. Serena Hotel, G-5, Islamabad.                  December, 2000.
   M/s. Sun Diplomatic Bonded Warehouse,
      4.                                        July, 2007.
   House No. 135 St. No. 65, F-11/4, Islamabad.
————————————————————————————————
         (b) As per policy, only 5 or 4 Star Hotels are granted L-2 license for sale
of liquor to non-Muslim Pakistanis and Foreigners living in Islamabad and having
valid liquor permits issued by the Excise and Taxation Department, Islamabad.
Following procedure is followed for issuance of L-2 licenses:—

           (i)    On receipt of application from any hotel, the request is examined in
                  detail.
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        (ii)   The opinion of local residents is obtained.

       (iii)   Detailed report from the Police Department is obtained.

       (iv)    The applicant is required to deposit a fee of Rs.150,000/- for issuance
               of L.2 Lincense.

       (iv)    While considering the request for issuance of license, the requirements
               of liquor of non-muslims, residing in that specific area, is also kept in
               view.

        L-2 license is granted by the Deputy Commissioner, ICT being head of
Excise and Taxation Department, under Section 17 of Prohibition (Enforcement of
Hadd) Order, 1979 read with Rule-25 of Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition
(Enforcement of Hadd) Rules, 1981.

107.    Miss Marvi Memon:

        Will the Minister for Commerce be pleased to state whether it is a fact
        that import of urea fertilizer from abroad through Gawadar Port is
        causing financial loss to government?

        Minister for Commerce (Makhdoom Amin Fahim): TCP imported
urea at Gawadar Port in pursuance, of the decision of ECC of the Cabinet in case
No.168/17/2008 dated 02-12-2008. TCP invited international tenders for import of
urea on C&F basis valid for all the Ports of Bin Qasim, Karachi and Gawadar.
Therefore, TCP did not incur any extra cost on this account. Transportation of urea
from Gawader Port was the responsibility of NFC (NFML) working, under the
Ministry of Industries & Production (MOIP). Losses on account of transportation
may be ascertained from MOIP.

108.    Miss Marvi Memon:

        Will the Minister for Commerce be pleased to state:

       (a)     whether it is a fact that sugar is being imported from abroad at
               present;

       (b)     if so, the justification thereof?

         Minister for Commerce (Makhdoom Amin Fahim): (a) Yes, as sugar
is freely importable; during Jul-Feb 2008-09 the sugar imports were recorded at
33,345 MT worth US$ 14.1 million. Besides private sector, the Government has
also planned to import 200,000 MT of sugar.
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        (b) To meet the supply-demand gap, ECC on February 3, 2009 decided to
import 200,000 MT of sugar

109.   Mr. Humair Hayat Rokhri:

       Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)   the total amount of loans granted by the First Women Bank during
             the last three years till-date; and

       (b)   the city-wise total number of women benefited from the said loans?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) The details of total amount of
loans granted by First Women Bank during the last three year (2006-2008) is at
Annex-I.

        (b) The city-wise detail of total number of women benefited from the
said loans is at Annex-II.
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110.    Dr. Attiya Inayatullah:

        Will the Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics be pleased to
        state the steps taken to compile the separate census of females working
        in formal and informal sectors of labour and manpower at present?

        Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Statistics (Ms. Hina
Rabbani Khar): So far no census regarding female employment in the formal and
informal sectors of Labour & Manpower has been conducted in Pakistan. However,
the Population Census Organization (Statistics Division) has introduced an additional
question in the questionnaire for the forthcoming census to cover female labour
force engaged in formal and informal sectors.

111.    Transferred to the Housing and Works Division for answer on next
        Rota Day.

112.    Rana Mahmood-ul-Hassan:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   the total number of study based reports compiled during the last
              5 years including the current fiscal year to enhance and simplify
              the process of tax collection;

        (b)   the expenditure incurred on compiling those reports; and

        (c)   the objectives gained thereof?

        Reply not received.

113.    Rana Mahmood-ul-Hassan:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

        (a)   the names and addresses of persons convicted for human
              trafficking during the last 5 years till date;

        (b)   the punishment given to those persons; and

        (c)   the steps being taken to control the said crime?

        Reply not received.
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114.    Mrs. Nisar Tanveer:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)     whether it is a fact that in the internal reports of Controller
               General of Accounts (CGA) for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08,
               financial irregularities and misappropriation were unearthed; if
               so, the details thereof; and

       (b)     the action taken against the responsible?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) Administrative Inspection in
respect of office of Controller General of Accounts for the year 2006-07 and
2007-08 was carried out by the Inspection Wing. Following financial irregularities
were pointed out in the Inspection reports:—

        (i)    Unauthorized drawl of TA Advance of Rs.184,000/-.

        (ii)   Amount of Rs.184,921/- was fraudulently drawn on account
               of TA/DA.

       (iii)   Missing items amounting to Rs.9,652 million recorded in Stock Register
               without acknowledgement from recipients.

        (b) The following actions have been/are been taken against the responsible
in respect of items No.(i) to (iii) above in seriatim:—

        (i)    An amount of Rs.134,000/- has been recovered from concerned
               officials/officers and deposited in Government Treasury. Recovery
               of remaining amount of Rs,50,000/- from salary of concerned officer
               is in progress through his department.

        (ii)   The case is under process and recovery @1/3rd of basic salary of the
               officer is being initiated from the next month. Necessary disciplinary
               action is also being initiated against the individuals responsible for the
               irregularities.

       (iii)   Stock taking and reconciliation of items amounting to Rs.9.652 million
               reported by the Inspection team as missing, pertains to 26 site offices.
               The reconciliation is under process with Provincial Accountant
               Generais and District Accounts Offices. The record relating to items
               of Rs.5.4 million mentioned in the observation has been reconciled.
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115.   Mrs. Nisar Tanveer:

       Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)   the total amount allocated in the budget for the year 2008-09
             under the head of PSDP;

       (b)   whether it is a fact that the said amount is being revised during
             the said period; and

       (c)    the total amount of the said budget released during the period
             from July-December, 2008?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) The total amount allocated in
the budget for CFY 2008-09 under the head of PSDP was Rs. 337000.00 million.

       (b) Yes. The said amount has been revised during rationalization of PSDP
2008-09. The revised allocation for CFY 2008-09 is Rs. 222622.00 million.

       (c) The total amount released during the period from July—December
2008 was Rs. 73559.272 million.

116.   Mrs. Yasmeen Rehman:

       Will the Minister for Commerce be pleased to state:

       (a)   the names of firms who imported fertilizer in the country during
             the last five year; and

       (b)   the procedure adopted in the said import?

       Minister for Commerce (Makhdoom Amin Fahim): (a) The requisite
information as provided by the Federal Board of Revenue is annexed.

       (b) According to the trade policy in vogue, fertilizer is importable from
worldwide sources except Israel as per standards prescribed by the Pakistan
Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) without recourse to the Ministry
of Commerce.

       Import of fertilizer in the public sector is carried out by the Trading
Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) as per directions of the Economic Coordination
Committee of the Cabinet (ECC) through competitive bidding.

       (Annexure has been placed in the National Assembly Library)
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117.   Sardar Shahjehan Yousaf:

       Will the Minister In-charge of the Prime Minister Secretariat be pleased
       to state:

       (a)   the name of villages declared as Red Zone Areas of Tehsil Balakot;

       (b)   the total number of houses included in said zone;

       (c)   the criteria adopted to declare the said area as a Red Zone; and

       (d)   whether there is any proposal to include the adjacent villages of
             Red Zone Area in said Zone; if so, when it will be implemented?

        Minister Incharge of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat: (a) Village
Jabba in Union Council Ganool, part of Union Council Garlat and Union Council
Balakot respectively are declared as Red Zone.

       (b) The total number of houses in Red Zone as per NESPAK survey is
3996 only. However a fresh survey to update the statistics is under process.
        (c) Red Zone is the area demarcated seismologically hazardous/ unsafe
for inhabitance by survey conducted by Space and Upper Atmosphere Research
Commission (SUPARCO) & Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
       (d)   No.


118.   Begum Nuzhat Sadiq:

       Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

       (a)   the denomination-wise total value of notes in circulation in the
             country at present; and

       (b)   the denomination-wise total value of notes printed during the
             last five year?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) The denomination-wise total
value of notes in circulation in the country on 31st March, 2009 is as under:—
————————————————————————————————
              Denominations                Value (Rs in million)
————————————————————————————————
                    Rs. 5                           1,846
                    Rs. 10                          9,363
                    Rs. 20                          6,875
                    Rs. 50                        14,831
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                   Rs. 100                     118,970
                   Rs. 500                     185.619
                   Rs. 1000                    547,113
                   Rs. 5000                    299,649
————————————————————————————————
                   Total :                   1,184,266
————————————————————————————————
        (b) The denomination-wise total value of notes printed during the last five
years (July 2003 to June 2008) is as under:—
————————————————————————————————
             Denominations                 Value (Rs in million
————————————————————————————————
                   Rs. 5                          3,030
                   Rs. 10                        29,950
                   Rs. 20                        12,640
                   Rs. 50                        45,000
                   Rs. 100                      187,500
                   Rs. 500                      304,000
                   Rs. 1000                     675,000
                   Rs. 5000                     400,000
————————————————————————————————
                   Total :                    1,657,120
————————————————————————————————
119.    Begum Nuzhat Sadiq:

        Will the Minister In-charge of the Prime Minister Secretariat be pleased
        to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that during November, 2002 NRB had issued
              module for training of Nazims;

        (b)   if so, whether training was imparted for Nazims alongwith the
              achievements gained thereof; and

        (c)   whether is also a fact that reference were sent to the provinces by
              NRB against Nazims on their financial corruption during the last
              three years; if so, the detail thereof?

        Minister Incharge of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat: (a) Yes.

        (b) The modules prepared by NRB were used in the training programmes
organized by Provincial Governments for all local government functionaries including
Councilors and Nazims.
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        (c) It is not the mandate of NRB to send references to the provinces
against Nazims for their financial irregularities/ corruptions as local governments
are functioning within the provincial framework. The Provincial Local Government
Commission of the Province is the competent forum under section 132 of the Local
Government Ordinance, 2001 to conduct enquiries on the basis of complaints
received against Nazims. Occasionally NRB receives the copies of complaints
which are forwarded to the competent authorities for further necessary action.

120.    Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb:

        Will the Minister for Investment be pleased to state the total number of
        British, Indian and Iranian companies which prepare edible items in
        Pakistan at present indicating also names and postal addresses thereof?

        Reply not received.

121.    Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb:

        Will the Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics be pleased to
        state the total number of Federal Government Officers sent abroad by
        the Ministry for training since January, 2009 till-date alongwith their
        names and departments separately?


        Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Statistics (Ms. Hina
Rabbani Khar): 56 Federal Government officers have been sent abroad for training
since 2009 till-date. List showing Names and Department is placed at Annex-I.

        (Annexure has been placed in the National Assembly Library)

122.    Haji Parviz Khan:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

       (a)   the city-wise total number of Rangers deployed in the country at
             present; and

       (b)   the per month amount of remuneration paid to those rangers so
             far?

        Reply not received.
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123.    Malik Abrar Ahmed:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   the name, domicile and qualification of persons appointed in the
              National Bank of Pakistan since 15th March, 2008 till-date
              alongwIth their date of appointment; and

        (b)   the persons who made recommendations for their appointments?

        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) 87 persons (female) have been
appointed as Management Trainees in the National Bank of Pakistan since 15th
March, 2008 till-date. List containing their names, domicile, qualification and date
of appointment is at Annex-I.

        44 persons have been appointed on contract basis in the National Bank of
Pakistan since 15th March, 2008 till-date. List containing their names, domicile,
qualification and date of appointment is at Annex-II.

        (b) The appointments were made through advertisement /Head- hunting
Firms on open competition.

       (Annexures have been placed in the National Assembly Library)
124.    Malik Abrar Ahmed:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to refer to Un-
        starred Question No.114 replied on 13-11-2008 and to state:

        (a)   the present status of the constitution of Pay and Pension
              Committee; and

        (b)   the name of the Members of the said Committee?

         Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) On receipt of the approval of
Prime Minister, the constitution of the Pay & Pension Commission - 2009 has been
notified vide Finance Division’s Notification bearing No. F. 1(1)Imp/ 2009 dated
06-04-2009 (Annexed).

       (b) Para-5 of the Notification referred to above contains the names of
the Members of the Commission.

        (Annexure has been placed in the National Assembly Library)
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125.   Mrs. Belum Husnain:

       Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state the
       steps taken for poverty alleviation in the country during the years
       2007-08 and 2008-09 under the Poverty. Alleviation Programme?

     Minister for Finance and Revenue: THE STRATEGY FOR POVERTY
REDUCTION (FY 2008/09 — FY 2010/11)

           To tackle the menace of poverty, the government has finalized a nine-
           point economic stabilization-poverty reduction agenda as laid out in
           Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)-II for the three-year period
           of 2008/09—2010/11.

           The nine-point agenda chalked out in the PRSP-II includes: (i)
           Macroeconomic Stability and Real Sector Growth; (ii) Protecting the
           Poor and the Vulnerable; (iii) Increasing Productivity and Value Addition
           in Agriculture; (iv) Integrated Energy Development Programme; (v)
           Making Industry Internationally Competitive; (vi) Human Development
           for the 21st Century; (vii) Removing Infrastructure Bottlenecks through
           Public Private Partnerships; (viii) Capital and Finance for Development;
           and (ix) Governance for a Just and Fair System.

           New initiatives of the Government to reduce the adverse effects of
           poverty on the poor are:

           Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP): In the current FY
           2008/09, an amount of Rs 34 billion has been allocated in the PSDP.
           This would initially cover 3.5 million households and will gradually be
           extended to 7 million households with an allocation of Rs 84 billion
           projected for the next fiscal year. The programme envisages cash
           grant of Rs 1,000 per month to each qualifying household through
           banks/post offices with the aim to ameliorate the conditions of the
           poorest of the poor by directly accessing them and supplementing
           their sources of income.

           Health related shocks affect the transient poor more adversely as
           they cause loss of income and disturbs the livelihoods of the poor
           pushing them into extreme poverty. Therefore, in the short to medium
           term BISP will also serve as a platform for complementary social
           assistance programmes, the main being health insurance for the
           poor and the vulnerable. This programme will cover the entire family
           including household head and spouse, children up to 18 years, dependent
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   parents, and unmarried daughters, 18 and above. The policy benefit
   will cover full hospitalization, pregnancy, daycare treatment and
   diagnostic tests up to a maximum limit of US$ 312 per person per
   year. This insurance policy will also provide accident compensation
   for earning members of the family. The premium for this health
   insurance policy will cost US$ 10 per family per year and is proposed
   to be picked up by the government as a part of the BISP benefits.

   There is no denying the fact that cash transfer programmes need to
   be complemented to promote household independence via various
   poverty exit strategies, which can help to upgrade the poor
   beneficiaries to the level of self-sufficiency by various means including
   transition to Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT); training and
   employment of one person per household; and workfare initiatives
   through social mobilization.

   People’s Works Programmes (PWP): The Ministry of Local
   Government and Rural Development is coordinating implementation
   of PWP-I (previously known as Khushal Pakistan Programme) for
   which Rs 4420 million were allocated in PSDP for FY 2008/09.
   Schemes under PWP-I entail roads, electricity, gas, telephone,
   education, health, water supply and sanitation sectors and bulldozer
   hours.
   Punjab Food Support Scheme (PFSS): Similarly, the Government
   of Punjab has announced the PFSS to provide cash grants of Rs 1000
   per poor household per month. The scheme covers both rural and
   urban areas, with the total subsidy in the scheme amounting to
   Rs. 21.60 billion (at Rs 1.8 billion per month) for 1.8 million families
   (at 6 persons per family).

Pro-Poor Expenditures

   The PRSP Secretariat, housed in the Ministry of Finance, tracks pro-
   poor expenditures in 17 pro-poor sectors. Expenditures incurred in
   these sectors are in line with the Fiscal Responsibility and Debt
   Limitation Act, 2005, which stipulates that expenditures on social
   sectors would be 4.5 percent of GDP in any given year and that
   allocations for health and education would double as a percentage of
   GDP over the next 10 years ending in FY 2012/13. Spending on health;
   education; and water supply & sanitation sectors as a share of GDP
   is shown in Annex-I.
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During FY 2007/08, budgetary expenditure on pro-poor sectors
amounted to Rs 572.6 billion, representing 5.46 percent of the GDP.
The total budgetary figure for FY 2008/09 up till the second quarter
amounted to Rs 364,246 million (Annex-II).

Social Protection Programmes, both budgetary and non-budgetary,
provide direct assistance to the most vulnerable segments of society
through the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM), Employees’ Old Age
Benefits Institution (EOBI), Zakat, and provision of Micro-credit. Total
PRSP disbursement under these programmes in FY 2007/08
was Rs. 26,974 million, representing 0.26 percent of the GDP,
whereas the amount totaled Rs 5,160 million during the first half of
FY 2008/09. Cumulative PRSP expenditures (budgetary and non-
budgetary) as percentage of GDP during FY 2007/08 were 5.72.
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126.    Mr. Faiz Muhammad Khan:

        Will the Minister Incharge of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat be pleased
        to state:

       (a)    the funds issued for provision of Sui gas to Balakot, District
              Mansehra during the last three years; if so, the details thereof;

       (b)    the time by which the Sui gas will be supplied to earthquake
              affected areas of Balakot, District Mansehra;

       (c)    if not, the reasons thereof?

         Minister Incharge of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat: (a) ERRA
has not approved any plan to provide Sui Gas to Old Balakot. Hence, no funds have
been released for the purpose during the last three years.

        (b)   No time frame can be given in view of the position stated at Para a.

       (c) Balakot Town falls in Red Zone. No permanent reconstruction is
allowed there. Population of the Town will be shifted to Bakrial (New Balakot
City).

127.    Sardar Muhammad Mushtaq Khan:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state the steps being taken
        to control the street crimes of robbery, mobile snatching motor cycles,
        cars theft snatching vehicles and sales of narcotics in Sectors G-6/2,
        G-7/2, G-7/3-2, F-6 and F-7, Islamabad?

        Reply not received.

128.    Mrs. Bushra Gohar:

        Will the Minister for Planning and Development be pleased to state:

       (a)    the present composition of the Members of Planning Commission;
              and
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        (b)   the terms of reference, professional experience and place of
              domicile of those Members?


         Minister for Planning and Development (Makhdoom Shahabuddin):
(a) and (b) The Planning Commission of Pakistan is a prime planning body at the
Federal level. The Prime Minister is the Chairman of the Planning Commission
which apart from the Deputy Chairman, comprise nine (9) Members including
Secretary, P&D Division/Member Coordination; Chief Economist; Director, Pakistan
Institute of Development Economic; Member Implementation and Monitoring;
Members for Social Sectors; Science and Technology; Energy; Infrastructure; and
Food and Agriculture. Full-time Members have been placed in Grade MP-I/BS-22.
They are the professionals of eminent stature, preferably Ph.Ds with atleast 25
years experience in the relevant fields. (Domicile details of Members of Planning
Commission are at Annex-I and their professional experience are at Annex-II).


       (Annexures have been placed in the National Assembly Library)



129.    Mr. Tariq Mehmood Bajwa:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that officers of the Ministry of Finance are
              entitled to the grant of Utility Allowance; if so, the utility items
              included in the said allowance alongwith the justification thereof;
              and

        (b)   the categories of the officers who are entitled for the said
              allowance?



        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) The officers of Ministry of
Finance are not entitled to the grant of utility allowance. Therefore, no officer of
Ministry of Finance is in receipt of utility allowance.

        (b)   As above.
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130.    Mr. Muhammad Hanif Abbasi:

        Will the Minister for Finance and Revenue be pleased to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that the post of Urdu Typist in the Federal
              Government institutions was not up-graded alongwith the post
              of LDC in the revised pay scales during the year 2007; if so, the
              reason thereof; and

        (b)   whether there is any proposal to up-grode the post of Urdu Typist;
              if so, when it will be implemented?



        Minister for Finance and Revenue: (a) The post of Lower Division
Clerk (LDC) alongwith some other clerical posts was up-graded vide Finance
Division’s O.M. No. F. 6(4)-R-I/2006 dated 29-06-2007 (Annex) with the approval
of Prime Minister on the recommendations of the committee constituted in the
Finance Division. The other categories/posts having the same pay scales were not
considered.

        (b)   No such proposal is under consideration of the Government.


131.    Dr. Talat Mahesar:

        Will the Minister In-charge of the Prime Minister Secretariat be pleased
        to state:

        (a)   whether it is a fact that during the year, 2007 Rs.8.00 millions
              were approved by the Prime Minister for construction of roads
              and Schools in Sanghar (NA-235);

        (b)   whether it is a fact that the funds were released; if so, whether
              the amount was utilized on the said project; if not, the reasons
              thereof?


          Minister Incharge of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat: (a) It is a fact
that the then Prime Minister approved an amount of Rs.8.00 million on 14th November,
2007 for development scheme for construction of Roads and Schools identified by
Kazi Abdul Qudoos Rajar, MNA (NA-235) Sanghar.
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        (b) On Prime Minister’s directive Finance Division released Rs.8.0 million
to Finance Department, Government of Sindh for onward transfer of funds to District
Government Sanghar. District Government Sanghar has confirmed that the Roads
Schemes have been completed whereas work on construction of schools is in
progress.

132.    Syed Asif Hasnain:

        Will the Minister for Interior be pleased to state:

       (a)    whether it is a fact that ban was imposed for issuance of arms
              license for the last two months;

       (b)    whether it is also a fact that after lifting the said ban, very short
              time for depositing the Demand Note was given; if so, the reason
              thereof;

        (c)   whether there is any proposal to extend the said period; and

       (d)    the time by which the arms license will be issued for which demand
              notes have already been deposited?

       Minister for Interior: (a) It is a fact that ban was imposed for issuance
of Non Prohibited Arms Licenses w.e.f 26th December, 2008.

       (b) After lifting of ban, an SOP is under process to issue the Demand
Notes valid for 30 days to avoid fake Demand Notes.

        (c)   Tentative date of lifting of ban is 28th April, 2009.

         (d) For the Demand Notes already issued to the applicants, a deadline
was given to deposit the Arms Licenses after completing codal formalities and
these licenses will be issued on the given time.



                                                KARAMAT HUSSAIN NIAZI,
                                                               Secretary.
      ISLAMABAD:
The 16th April, 2009.

PCPPI—2485(09) NA—16-04-2009—700.

				
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