Provinces to submit plans to launch one-window facility, online approval of permits

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ISLAMABAD: The chief secretaries of all provinces have been directed to submit a roadmap plan regarding the launch of a one-window facility and online approval of permits, fee payments and parallel working of all related departments, by Prime Minister Imran Khan while chairing a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Housing, Construction and Development.

The authorities have been directed to resolve the existing hurdles in the processes to facilitate the public.

While briefing the meeting, Khan informed that information technology will be implied to all levels in the construction sector, in order to ease the procedures easier and streamline the process.

Furthermore, the finance ministry and State Bank were instructed to finalise the process of providing subsidy to banks and overcome the issues to promote mortgage facility for the construction of low-cost houses for the low-income group.

Filling the meeting with the task carried out, Chief Secretaries Sindh informed that the province had reduced the taxes ratio, bringing it at par with those in Punjab and the KP, as instructed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

On the other hand, chief secretaries of Punjab and KP also briefed on the measures taken by their respective provinces regarding the construction industry, the launch of portals and establishment of E-Sahulat centres.

“The government has given unprecedented incentives under the construction package for the revival of the industry, to accelerate the economic activity, promote allied industries and provide housing facilities to the underprivileged segments of the society,” the PM further added.

Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz, special assistant to Prime Minister Malik Amin Aslam, Lt-Gen (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Dr Shahbaz Gill, Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority Chairman Lt-Gen (R) Anwar Ali Haider, State Bank of Pakistan governor, secretary housing, Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan attended the meeting.

The Chief Secretaries of Balochistan and Sindh, additional chief secretary of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, presidents of National Bank and Khyber Bank participated in the meeting via video link.

 

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