More than 100,000 fake ID cards blocked last year, Interior minister discloses

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday told the National Assembly that 73 new regional passport offices will be established across the country during the next one year to facilitate the people.Nisar Ali Khan said when he took over the Ministry there was a backlog of five hundred thousand passports which was cleared in two months. He said action is being taken against corrupt people in NADRA and Directorate of Immigration and Passports.He said services of over two hundred corrupt employees of NADRA have been dismissed during the last one year. He said one hundred thousand fake ID cards have also been blocked during last year and action is being taken against the responsible persons.The Minister said 13 mega NADRA centers are also being set up in the country where prompt and international standard service will be provided.

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary informed National Assembly during question hour on Thursday that the government has allocated one billion rupees in the current financial year to improve infrastructure and facilities in public sector educational institutions in the federal capital.He said over two thousand teachers will be recruited soon to overcome shortage teachers in the educational institutions and services of contract teachers will be regularized in the light of recommendations of the committee headed by Secretary Federal Public Service Commission.To a question, Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said under reforms programme, facilities being increased in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and Polyclinic Hospitals to facilitate the people. He said Polyclinic Hospital is being expanded and  separate mother and child care centres will be established. He said new inductions of doctors and nurses will be made soon in these hospitals.

He informed the House that Capital Administration and Development Division has planned to construct two hundred bed hospital in G-13 sector of Islamabad. He said upon allocation of funds, construction work will be executed.Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid told the House that melting of glaciers is a serious problem. He said Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the context of global warming climate change. He said rapidly increasing number of Glacial Lakes is an impending threat to the communities in Northern Areas of Pakistan. Keeping in view the gravity of concern, the government in collaboration with UNDP has initiated a project titled Glacial Lakes Outburst Flood to avert GLOF risks in Chitral and Gilgit areas. This project will be completed by the end of this year. The government is also taking steps to strengthen National Disaster Management Authority and Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

He said all the matters relating to climate change will be discussed at forthcoming Climate Change Conference.Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid told the House that it is good omen that the Film Industry has been revived and new films are being prepared. He said the government has adopted a liberal policy for rehabilitation of cinemas to promote film industry. He said facility has also been given in entertainment tax on cinemas. He said the government has also created a fund with seed money of two hundred million rupees for development of film industry. He pointed out that registration fee of films have been reduced from one hundred thousand rupees to twenty-five thousand rupees and censorship fee related to local films has been waived. He said national film awards will also be revived soon.


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