ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz said on Thursday that Pakistan’s first-ever National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy will not only revolutionise science and technology, but will also spur economic activity across the country.
“Through involving industry, academia, and the government, this strategy will help support a technology-driven economy,” he told the APP news agency.
The federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad on January 11 authorised the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, the Sambarial-Kharian Motorway, the import of urea from China, and the privatisation of the Guddu and Nandipur power plants, all of which were headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, briefing the media in Islamabad on the federal cabinet’s decisions, said the Ministry of Science and Technology had been directed to provide EVMs to the Election Commission of Pakistan so that the next elections in Islamabad could be held using the machines to ensure transparency.
He also stated that the cabinet approved a one-rupee-per-unit increase in electricity tariffs for the next three months in order to bring relief to the people.
The cabinet had approved the beginning of a housing project on 400 kanals for abroad Pakistanis, according to the information minister. He has previously stated that Roshan Digital Accounts may be used to purchase apartments in this scheme by Pakistanis living abroad.
He had stated that the initiative will bring in roughly two billion dollars for the government. According to him, the cabinet also decided that a policy be drafted to allow foreigners to purchase land in Pakistan.
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