NA: (100,000 fake ID cards blocked last year: NA told)

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the National Assembly on Thursday that seventy-three new regional passport offices will be established across the country during the next one year to facilitate the people.

He pointed out that home passport delivery system has already been launched in some cities which will be extended to the entire country. He said time period for issuance of passport has been decreased.

He said over two hundred corrupt employees of NADRA have been dismissed during the last one year. The Minister said 13 mega NADRA centres 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 Chaudhry informed the House that the government has allocated one billion rupees to improve infrastructure and facilities in public sector educational institutions in Islamabad. To a question, he said facilities at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and Polyclinic Hospitals are being increased.

Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid told the House that melting of glaciers is a serious problem. He said keeping in view the gravity of concern, the government in collaboration with UNDP has initiated a project to avert Glacial Lakes Outburst Flood risks in Chitral and Gilgit areas.

He said the government is also taking steps to strengthen National Disaster Management Authority to cope with situation.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid told the House that the government has adopted a liberal policy for rehabilitation of cinemas to promote film industry.

He said the government has created a fund with seed money of two hundred million rupees for development of the industry. He pointed out that registration and censorship fee and entertainment taxes have been reduced. He said national film awards will皜also be revived soon.

Replying to points raised by different members, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that wrong and fake ID Cards have not been blocked in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but in whole of the country. He said complaints in this regard will be addressed on priority basis. Later, the House was adjourned to meet today (Friday).

 President: (Promotion of auto industry, need of the hour: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that there was need to promote auto industry, which plays an important role in the industrialization of a country.

He was addressing a function here at NUST on Thursday. The President underlined the need for focusing on auto industry to have access in the international market.

He said the world is paying attention on small vehicles in view of the issue of climate change. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will also accelerate auto industry in the country.