The National Assembly was informed Friday that the government plans to evolve a transparent mechanism for fair distribution of subsidies to the poor segments of the country. In a written reply to the House, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh said the government is providing subsidy on food items through Utility Stores Corporation. Two billion rupees were allocated in the current budget for Ramzan Package besides four billion rupees have been allocated to import sugar to avoid its shortage and price hike in the local market. The finance minister said eighty-one billion have also been allocated for providing subsidy to power sector. This subsidy is meant to provide relief to consumers on electricity bills. He said 4.2 million lifeline consumers are being charged at the rate of 1.87 rupees per unit while average determined tariff is 9.57 rupees per unit. Hafeez Sheikh said a cabinet committee has been constituted to rationalize subsidy and eliminate circular debt. The committee has completed its deliberations with various stakeholders and is likely to submit its recommendations to the cabinet. Minister of State for Production Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood informed the house during question hour that work on major infrastructure projects including Diamer Bhasha Dam has been initiated to achieve targets set in Vision 2030. He said completion of these projects will lead to more electricity generation as well as availability of water for agriculture productivity which will ultimately help stabilize the economy. He said that the provinces surpassed medium-term development framework targets by 152 percent due to substantial investment in the health, education and development sectors. Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood while responding to a supplementary question said that Federal Board of Revenue has been restructured to enhance revenue collection and bring transparency in the system. He said responsibility has been fixed on those involved in giving false figures of tax collection. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said strict measures are being taken to avert issuance of computerized national identity cards to the aliens. He said in Balochistan eight thousand cards issued to the foreign nationals including Afghans have been blocked by NADRA. He said it is the matter of national security and it will be ensured that only the genuine people get the passports and CNICs. He said the government is seeking international assistance for the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland as they are not only burden on our economy but also a security threat. He said strict action is being taken against Afghans involved in crimes in the country.