ISLAMABAD: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved 10 projects worth Rs 218.554 billion for irrigation, water, power, infrastructure and education sectors in addition to a scheme for distribution of 100,000 laptops among the youth.
The ECNEC meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.
It approved purchase of 100,000 laptops under the Prime Minister’s National Programme for provision of laptops to all PhDs/masters as well as graduate and diploma in engineering students from polytechnic to High Education Commission (HEC) at a cost of Rs 4 billion. ECNEC also decided that no laptop shall be issued to those students who have availed it in the past under such an initiative nor shall they be eligible for laptops in future initiatives launched by federal and provincial governments.
ECNEC also directed HEC that bids for the laptops should include a condition that the bidders shall establish an assembly plant leading to manufacturing of laptops. ECNEC also approved a project sponsored by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan titled “Basic Education for ALL” to open schools in the districts of AJ&K at a cost of Rs 1224.093 million.
ECNEC also approved a hydropower project Naltar-V at a total revised cost of Rs 3843.753 million. The objective of the construction of the project is to meet the power requirements of Gilgit Town.
ECNEC also gave principle approval to Sharmai (150MW) Hydropower Project located in Upper Dir, Shogo-Sen (132MW) Hydropower Project and Shushgai-Zhendoli (144MW) Hydel Project in Chitral at a cost of Rs 91682.664 million. These projects proposed by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were approved subject to condition that their financing requirement were fulfilled by the provincial government according to the constitution and that the information is shared with ECNEC once the projects are firmed up and achieve financial close.
ECNEC also approved the refurbishment and up gradation of generating limits of Mangla Power Station for enhancing its capacity from 1,000MW to 1310MW at a proposed total cost of Rs 52224.307 million by the Ministry of Water and Power.
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