Prime Minister chairs Cabinet meeting
Islamabad, March 07, 2013 (PPI-OT): A Cabinet meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat here today.
Before taking up the scheduled agenda the Prime Minister while commiserating with the bereaved families of Abbas Town blast at Karachi which claimed 48 precious lives injuring more than 100 offered heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their dear ones. The meeting offered Fateha for the martyrs of Abbas Town. The Prime Minister also directed the Provincial Government to ensure best medical treatment to the injured of the blast.
In his opening remarks, while highlighting the government’s achievements, he said that since 2008 the Government had endeavored to utilize all available resources to serve the masses. After successful completion of five years term, we are again presenting ourselves to the people of Pakistan very soon, he said, the masses would acknowledge the service rendered by this Government despite financial constraints and adverse regional situation.
He said that the National Assembly is going to complete its term on 16th March, 2013 and the Government had always been committed to holding elections on time and create history by ensuring the transfer of power by a political government as required under the Constitution. He said that they could take pride for delivering on this commitment.
The Prime Minister appealed to democratic and political forces in the country to shun their differences and assist the government to help eradicate poverty, ignorance, illiteracy, militancy and terrorism so that we may put our beloved country on the path of progress and prosperity, getting benefits of the structural reforms.
Appreciating the efforts of Mr. Asfand Yar Wali Khan and Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman the Prime Minister said that All-Parties Conferences (APC) in Peshawar and Islamabad were important steps in which Pakistan People’s Party also participated as a leading political party.
He said that any political initiative that aims to achieve peace and stability in the country is welcome. The Prime Minister said that the Government believes that challenge of terrorism and threats to peace and security of the country can only be tacked through national consensus and collective response.
The Cabinet accorded its approval to the policy presented by the Cabinet Committee on Policy Guidelines under Section 21 of the OGRA Ordinance 2002. The Committee was mandated to draft policy guidelines in order to resolve the issues between Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and OGRA.
The Cabinet approved the policy presented by the Cabinet Committee whereby the unaccounted natural gas was been charged from the consumers. This shortfall will be picked up by the Company and Government and the benefits will be passed on to the consumers.
The Cabinet gave approval to the establishment of the first ever Federal University of the Law and Judicial Administration in Islamabad. The President of Pakistan shall be the Chancellor of the University.
The Cabinet also deliberated and accorded approval to the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee on Corruption. The Cabinet approved following recommendations of the committee:-
i) Documentation of the economy.
ii) Automation of revenue records.
iii) Privatization of public sector enterprises.
iv) Introduction of holding companies structure.
v) Constitution of independent supremacy to NAB affairs as the current NAB system is arbitrary and not suitable to the countries Federal system.
vi) Prepare National Anticorruption strategy.
vii) Strengthen the office of the Auditor General Pakistan.
viii) Urgent measures for disposal of court cases involving millions of rupees of Government revenues.
ix) The introduction of Special pay packages for certain department create disparity among the employees which require due attention of the Government.
x) The assets of civil servants, bureaucrats, army officer and judges and their dependents.
In order to streamline the procedure for import of prohibited and non-prohibited ammunition, the cabinet decided to allow import of ammunition in terms of total numbers and not the value as per previous practice.
The Cabinet gave the approval for providing additional subsidy of Rs.16 billion for agriculture tube wells. The mechanism will be worked out by the Cabinet Committee.
The Cabinet was briefed on the Budget Strategy for FY 2013-2016. The details of which will be made public by the Finance Minister.
In order to ensure implementation of Article 27(1) of the constitution in its true spirit and to promote national integration harmony with a view to having adequate representation in the service of Pakistan for persons belonging to any class and area.
The Cabinet gave approval to the extension to the existing arrangement for another 20 years wef 14-8-2013.
The Cabinet was informed that during the last five years of this Government the Cabinet held its 130 meetings in which 1561 decisions were made, out of which the total number of decisions implemented were 1227 and the remaining 334 decisions were in the process of implementation.
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