Federal cabinet meeting: Several important decisions taken

Federal cabinet meeting: Several important decisions taken
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ISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet has formally approved creation of a new division in the name of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division.

This was announced by Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain while briefing newsmen about decisions of the federal cabinet, which met in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Imran KhaThe federal cabinet has formally approved creation of a new division in the name of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division.

This was announced by Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain while briefing newsmen about decisions of the federal cabinet, which met in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.

He said that the new division will be headed by Dr. Sania Nishtar and it will coordinate functions of different organizations under the newly launched Ehsas Programme.

Fawad Chaudhry said the new poverty alleviation programme envisages provision of health cards and affordable housing facilities for the low income people.

He made it clear that the government is not going to change the name of Benazir Income Support Programme. He said financial aid is provided to poor people through BISP, Zakaat, and Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal, whereas under the new social welfare programme new initiatives will be taken. He said health cards, kafalat and affordable housing scheme to be launched by the Prime Minister soon Ehsas facilitate poor people of Pakistan.

The Information Minister said the cabinet also approved a budget of 57.3 billion rupees for Khassadar and other forces working in erstwhile FATA.

He said the cabinet also gave approval to the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Council (ECC). He said the Prime Minister directed to prepare a complete roadmap on wheat, cotton, and rice and prepare a procurement policy to benefit the agriculture sector. He said the cabinet also decided to export of one million tons of wheat. He said the Prime Minister also advised to evolve a comprehensive policy to set prices of vehicles. He said it was the PTI government's efforts due to which for the first time sugarcane growers got prices of their crop in time.

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the cabinet nodded banning broadcasting of India's IPL matches in Pakistan. He said India has left no opportunity to harm Pakistan's cricket. He said sports, culture, and other showbiz activities should not be politicized, but India has adopted an aggressive posture against our players and artists. He regretted that the Indian broadcaster pulled out from broadcasting PSL matches. He said now PEMRA would ensure that IPL matches are not aired in Pakistan.

The Minister said boards of Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation, Oil and Gas Development Authority, Sui Southern Gas Pipelines, and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines have been reconstituted. Shamsuddin Sheikh has been appointed Chairman PMDC and Qamar Javed Sharif the chief of OGDC. Dr. Shamshad Akhtar has been appointed the new head of SSGPL and Syed Dilawar Abbas the chief of SNGPL. The cabinet also approved appointment of judges of various banking courts.

Hassan Irfan Khan has been removed from the IPO Policy Board.

He said the cabinet approved appointment of Arshad Malik as the Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan International Airlines.

Fawad Chaudhry said the cabinet approved extension in the licence of Vision Air International for one year

Giving details of the cabinet meetings during the tenure of the PTI government, the Information Minister said cabinet has so far held thirty-three meetings during which 607 decisions regarding forty-five divisions were taken. Of these, 375 decisions have already been fully implemented, while rest is in implementation phase.

Answering a question, Fawad Chaudhry said Finance Minister Assad Umar will announce a new Economic Roadmap for development of industries and other sectors.

Similarly, he said Energy Minister Umar Ayyub Khan will present a new roadmap for energy. He said that efforts would be made to ensure that no load-shedding takes place in the next summer.

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said directions have also been given to ensure availability of gas in the next winter season.

To a question about 18th Amendment, he said some clause of the amendment regarding higher education and health can be amended if there is a political consensus on it.

To a question, he said establishment of military courts was need of the hour and these courts have performed well. He said if opposition agrees the tenure of military courts can be extended.

Answering a question about India's belligerent posture, the Information Minister said Prime Minister Modi should better rethink his policy becuase he has badly failed and even the Indian people do not believe in his rhetorics.

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