Govt believes in complete transparency, protecting people's rights: PM

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Govt believes in complete transparency, protecting people's rights: PM

ISLAMABAD-Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed that maximum punitive action must be taken against all those responsible for artificial shortage of petrol in the country and ordered authorities concerned to ensure regular supplies within 48-72 hours.

He gave these instructions, while chairing meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad.

The Cabinet directed Petroleum Ministry to form joint raiding teams comprising representatives of Petroleum Division, OGRA, FIA and District administrations to physically inspect oil companies’ storage facilities.

Besides, any company found not maintaining the mandatory stocks and supply to its outlets, as per their license, shall face punitive actions, including suspension and cancellation of license and heavy fines.

The Cabinet was informed that implementation on action matrix in light of Sugar Inquiry Committee's recommendations has been started after the approval of the Prime Minister.

Speaking on this issue, the prime minister said the sugar inquiry matter will be taken to its logical conclusion. He said the government believes in complete transparency and protecting people's rights. He expressed the resolve to bring down sugar prices at all costs and masses will see that the government only keeps people's interest supreme.

Speaking about the COVID-19 challenge, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, keeping in view economic situation of the country, enforcement of lockdown is not possible as on the one hand we are facing the threat of contagion, while on the other hand, poverty is also a big challenge for us. 

He directed to persuade the common people to observe standard operating procedure to prevent spread of the pandemic.

Regarding improving performance of government departments and implementation of decisions in stipulated timeframe, Imran Khan directed to expedite implementation of e-filing and e-tracking system of files in ministries.

Regarding positive utilization of Evacuee properties the Prime Minister directed to expedite identification of evacuee properties and their geotagging process.

The cabinet pondered upon the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee regarding Pakistan Steel Mills and noted that government pursues a reforms agenda to improve performance of various institutions.

The meeting approved various recommendations presented by Prime Minister's Adviser on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr. Ishrat Hussain regarding ensuring quality workforce in government departments, especially hiring competent individuals to head state organizations.

The cabinet also approved reserving Sector F-12 and Sector G-12 for Federal Government Employees Housing Authority and nodded acquisition of land in these sectors.