Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that Closing markets early at night leads to fewer birth of children. He passes these remarks while defending the decision to close markets by 8.30 pm.
The government is facing backlash on the decision to close markets by 8.30 pm and wedding halls at 10.30 pm. Businessmen and the public are not happy with the government’s decision. The majority of people believe that closing markets by 8:30 will negatively impact the businesses that have still not fully recovered from the COVID-19 turndown.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif along with other federal ministers during the press conference claims that Key decisions were taken by the cabinet. Briefing Media about the decisions taken in a cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the energy conservation plan help Pakistan to save 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of electricity and Rs62 billion in a year.
Moreover, he also announced that the federal government would be introducing E-bikes this year. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government had decided to use street lights alternatively which he claimed would save Rs4 billion.
Further revealed that after 1st February 2023, incandescent bulbs would not be manufactured. “We can save Rs22 billion by doing this,” he added.
The minister said that President Arif Alvi has supported the federal government’s plan. He said that the government had spoken to all the provinces and stakeholders and recorded everyone’s stand on it as this will be a permanent feature, which would be beneficial for the country.
Key features of Energy conservation plan:
- Markets will be closed by 8:30 pm
- Wedding halls will be shut down by 10 pm
- All govt offices to install energy-efficient appliances
- Use of inefficient fans of 120-130 watts to be banned
- Filament bulbs will not be produced from Feb 1, 2023
- Electronic motorbikes will be introduced in the country
- Use of conical geysers to be made mandatory within a year
- Committee formed to deliberate on Work From Home policy
- Streetlights across the country will be turned on alternately
- Awareness campaigns to be launched on electronic, social media
Earlier the NSC meeting chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif has taken key decisions on economic and security challenges. It was decided that Strict action will be taken place against Social media accounts spreading false information.