Steps being taken to facilitate public access to green power under PM’s vision, says Marriyum
ISLAMABAD – Task Force on Solar Energy on Saturday decided to shift govt buildings to solar energy as soon as possible.
The task force meeting chaired by its Convenor Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reviewed various measures to increase solar energy production in the country. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and other members of the task force attended the meeting. In a statement, Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the government was taking practical steps to facilitate the process of public access to green power under the vision of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
She said that work on solar energy projects has been started to make PM’s dream of a clean and green Pakistan a reality. She said it has been decided to install solar plants in the areas where electricity was being subsidized. The meeting also considered formulating a policy to save energy and promote green energy, the minister said. She said that relevant authorities have been directed to prepare a feasibility report for shifting govt buildings to solar energy. The meeting also considered a plan to provide subsidies and concessional loans to small consumers for switching to solar energy, the federal information minister said. Last year, the capacity to generate electricity from solar was 600 MW and steps were being taken to increase it further, she said. The meeting opined that there was need to promote solar panels to convert public and private buildings to solar energy and attract people towards the solar energy. The minister said that the consumers using solar panels would also be able to sell additional power to grid stations, which would also help them increase their income.
In this regard, she said work on projects of four to five thousand megawatts will start soon. “We will not allow anyone to establish a monopoly in the energy sector but will promote competition”, she said. Installation of solar panels will not only save power consumption in the domestic sector but line losses will also be reduced, she maintained. The minister said that the task force will formulate its recommendations and present them to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said a special committee has been formed to finalize the Journalist and Media Professionals Protection (Amendment) Bill 2022.
| Govt to formulate a policy to save energy and promote green energy
Govt buildings to be shifted to solar energy
Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (Dastoor) in Islamabad, she said the committee comprises representatives from the ministries and media organizations concerned. Marriyum Aurangzeb said the amendment bill will be finalized after further consultation with the journalists and media organizations.
She said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, soon after coming into power, initiated the process of abolishing all the anti-media laws and regulations. Marriyum said it is the foremost priority of the coalition government to protect journalists and ensure provision of a conducive working environment for them. She urged the media organizations and journalists to play a proactive role in curbing fake news and propaganda. The delegation apprised the minister about the problems and professional issues faced by the journalists.
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Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday released schedule of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s address to public meetings. In a statement, she said that Maryam Nawaz Sharif will start by-election campaign and she will address the Election related public meetings for the next three days. She said that Maryam Nawaz Sharif would address the party workers in constituency PP-158, Dharampura, Lahore, on July 3. She said on July 4, Monday Maryam Nawaz Sharif would address the workers in PP-170, Bagrian Chowk.