Islamabad, March 25, 2023 (PPI-OT): 25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives was held today the 24th March, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Fourth Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

2. The Standing Committee took the serious notice of the absence of the Chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA), Member Planning and Engineering, CDA, and also appointed a Committee under the Chairmanship of Member Infrastructure, Ministry of Planning and also directed that the representative of the Government of Punjab and CDA should also be included in the Committee and make recommendations on the Progress of the sewerage treatment plant of Islamabad and submit the report within fifteen days before the Committee.

3. The Committee discussed the “The General Statistics (re-organization) Amendment Bill, 2022” in detail and passed the bill unanimously.

4. The Committee was informed that the Council of Common Interests in its 45th Meeting held on 12th April approved final results of the 6th Population and Housing Census 2017 and also directed that “The process of next Census should start as early as possible according to international best practices by using latest technology.” The Committee was further informed that it is fairly hoped that transparent counting and stakeholders’ access to monitoring will make the census results credible thus making the Federation of Pakistan strong.

5. MNAs, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr. Nawab Sher, Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA/Mover and Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives) and senior officers/officials from the M/O Planning Development and Special Initiatives attended the meeting.

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