• Decides to launch crackdown on hoarders of sugar, wheat flour
• Shibli says shipments of imported sugar, wheat due subsequent month
ISLAMABAD: The federal cupboard on Tuesday allowed parliamentarians to turn into members of the boards of presidency departments, authorities and commissions offered they don’t avail any perks and privileges within the course of.
The cupboard assembly, which was presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan, additionally determined to launch an enormous crackdown towards hoarders of sugar and wheat flour within the nation.
In response to the PM Workplace’s media wing, cupboard members extremely appreciated the prime minister for what they referred to as “his dynamic leadership role to successfully counter the internal and external challenges” within the final two years of the federal government.
“Now parliamentarians can become members of boards of those departments whose laws (Act) allow them to become members,” stated Minister for Data Senator Shibli Faraz whereas speaking to Daybreak after his post-meeting presser.
The minister stated there was no bar that solely ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) parliamentarians might turn into members of the boards as anybody from the opposition might additionally turn into members.
Sugar, wheat import
To make sure availability of sugar and wheat flour available in the market and stability of their costs, the cupboard determined to launch an enormous crackdown towards hoarders of the 2 commodities.
The cupboard was apprised that Commerce Company of Pakistan (TCP) on Tuesday opened tenders for import of 300,000 tonnes of sugar. “Shipments of imported sugar will start arriving from Sept 7 and there will be no sugar shortage in the country,” the minister stated.
He stated the choice to import sugar was taken to make sure enough provide of the commodity and to maintain its costs secure.
Senator Faraz stated Mr Khan had tasked federal Minister for Industries Hammad Azhar and Punjab’s senior minister Abdul Aleem Khan with holding one other spherical of talks with sugar mill homeowners in order that they scale back worth of sugar voluntarily.
With a purpose to overcome scarcity of wheat flour, the federal government opened tenders for import of 540,000 tonnes of wheat, he stated, including that “65,000 metric tonnes will arrive between Sept 24 and Oct 1”.
The minister stated the cupboard took a separate choice for the revival of state-run Pakistan Tv (PTV). “We’re arising with a brand new plan that can revive PTV,” he stated, including that liabilities of PTV had gone as much as Rs13 billion.
Concerning pension challenge, the minister stated PM Khan was involved about pension of retired authorities workers and the cupboard determined to hunt help of worldwide specialists in pension system.
In reply to a query, he stated the federal authorities had been taking part in its position in cleanliness and improvement of Karachi. “Karachi is a commercial hub of the country and everyone has to play his role for its development, but unfortunately the Sindh government treated Karachi like a stepchild,” he added.
The minister additionally criticised leaders of the opposition PML-N for what he referred to as creating hurdles for the federal government.
Printed in Daybreak, August 19th, 2020