ISLAMABAD Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday told the National Assembly that Government was working on a strategy to enhance tax to GDP ratio from current 9 percent to 10.5 percent in the current financial year. During question hour, she informed that gradually this ratio would be enhanced up to 15 percent of GDP by 2015. To a question, she said that a number of sectors providing services were included in the tax net in the current financial year while more sectors would be included in the tax net in the next financial year. She said that a target of Rs 1,380 billion revenue collection was set in the current financial year and it was expected the target would be surpassed. Ms Khar informed that a summery had been submitted to the Prime Minister for holding population census in which it had been proposed that house listing operation should be carried out in April while the population census will be held in October this year. Answering a question, she said that Competition Commission had detected eight concealed cartels in various sectors of economy and had taken steps to eliminate cartels in other sectors too. Federal Minister Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah informed the House that Federal Government had allocated Rs 28 billion for completing development schemes all over the country under Peoples Works Programme Phase-II. He said that these schemes were undertaken on the suggestions of concerned MNA of the constituency, as the Prime Minister had allocated Rs 50,000,000 to every MNA. He said so far 11,849 development schemes had been completed in all the four provinces and tribal areas under this programme. To a question he said the country received over $1.1 billion Foreign Direct Investment during the first seven months of the current financial year. Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Rai Ghulam Mujtaba Kharal informed the House that national identity cards were being issued free of cost, however nominal fee was being charged on their modification, duplication, renewal and cancellation. He said that special arrangements had also been made in big cities to issue identity cards on Sundays. To another question, he said that 385 persons were found involved in human trafficking and they were awarded punishment during the last year. He said the Government was taking a number of steps to curb human trafficking and 672 persons were offloaded from various flights who were making attempts to travel abroad on fake documents. Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim informed the House that Pakistan had registered trade deficit of $17.1 billion during the last financial year, however the Government had taken a number of steps to enhance national exports to overcome the trade deficit. Later responding to a call attention notice, Minister for Textile Industries Rana Farooq Saeed said the country was facing cotton crisis due to excessive yarn export to China but the Government was making efforts to control yarn export to meet domestic demand. He said that Pakistan required 15 million cotton bales per year but it produced 13 million bales this year, which were less than requirement. He said that China faced a crisis and it imported yarn in huge quantity from Pakistan due to less cotton crop that led to rise in cotton prices in the local market. He said that this trend gave high margin of profit to the growers and ginners but the textile industry was facing difficulties to this situation. He said that 368 million kilograms yarn was exported during the first six months of the current financial year but keeping in view the domestic needs, Government decided to cap its export up to 35 million kilograms from 61 million kilograms per month. He said the power loom industry and value added sector did not visualise this situation, therefore they did not pay heed to buying cotton which was exported on high prices to China and resulted in price rise. Abdul Rashid and others moved the call attention notice. Responding a call attention notice regarding poor performance of railways, Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour informed the House that efforts were being made to get seventy-five new locomotives, which would help improve performance of Pakistan Railways. He said that railway was facing shortage of locomotives and most of the running locomotives were facing problems, which was resulting in decline in railway service. He said that unfortunately railways was neglected by previous regimes and no step was taken to improve its performance. He said that the railway was working to repair the locomotives but without inclusion of new locomotives, railway service could not be improved. Muhammad Hanif Abbasi and others moved the call attention notice. Members of the National Assembly also continued discussion on water issue with India. Taking part in the debate, the MNAs deplored India for violating Indus Basin Water Treaty and urged the Government to take appropriate measures for its implementation. They said India was constructing dams on the rivers in Occupied Kashmir, which would ultimately block Pakistani water and result in food shortage, besides creating other problems. They said that unfortunately the previous government did not pay any heed to this important issue and India succeeded in constructing a number of small and big dams on rivers in Kashmir. They called upon the Government to expedite its efforts for resolving Kashmir issue, which was of vital importance to solve water problem. They also criticised the United States for signing civilian nuclear agreement with India and ignored Pakistan, which was facing acute power shortage. They said the Government should take measures for acquiring civil nuclear technology to meet energy demand. Those who took part in the debate included Nighat Parveen and Bushra Rehman.