ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly standing committee on textile has approved development projects worth Rs1.616 billion for the fiscal year 2015-16.

The committee, headed by MNA Ghulam Rasool Koreja, finalised the budgetary proposals for inclusion in the next Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for 2015-16.

The textile industry proposed that Pakistan Textile City Karachi must be on agenda in the next meeting so that the issues related to the project can be addressed as soon as possible. The project would provide employment to over 50,000 people.

The projects approved include Rs598.5 million for the establishment of garments city in Faisalabad (Phase-11) and Rs60m for Faisalabad Garment City Training Centre.

The committee also approved Rs805.119m for Karachi Garment City Phase-1; Rs59.822m for monitoring and management of BT resistance in cotton bollworms, Rs17.190m for cotton as relay crop in standing wheat for enhancing productivity of cotton and wheat crop, Rs59.928m for development of management strategies for red and dusky cotton bugs, and Rs75.160m for implementation of cotton standardisation system for production of high quality standardised clean cotton and prime minister’s skill development programme.

The committee also approved the continuation of ongoing projects (included in PSDP 2014-15), Pakistan-Korea Garment Technology Training Institute, Karachi; strengthening of National Textile University Research Centre; strengthening of research and development cell and skill development programme for informal textile industry.

The other projects approved include laying of water main for Pakistan Textile City Karachi and Lahore Garment City (Phase-1).

Published in Dawn March 3rd , 2015

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