Cabinet expresses satisfaction over progress made on reform agenda
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed satisfaction over the steady progress being made in critical areas such as legal reforms, introduction of a new Local Government System to empower people at grassroots level.
The cabient exchanged views on promotion of Green Growth, implementation of select water initiatives, FATA reforms, Balochistan reconciliation, poverty alleviation, Sarmaya-i-Pakistan and National Agriculture Emergency Program etc. Progress on Police reforms, South Punjab and Karachi transformation was also discussed.
On economic front, progress on revival of manufacturing and SME sector, financial inclusion, Prime Minister’s 05 million housing project, tourism, tax reforms, ease of doing business and energy sector was also discussed in detail.
Reforms in social sector i.e. education, health and waste-management system etc were also reviewed.
The Adviser on Climate Change briefed the Cabinet about the progress made so far in promoting Green Growth Program. He briefed the Cabinet about the progress over plantation of 150 million saplings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab during the current spring season.
The cabinet was briefed about Karachi Green Metro project and Recharge Pakistan Program.
Prime Minister Imran Khan underscored the need to highlight the importance of Green Growth Program so as to ensure involvement of all sections of society towards combating environmental challenges faced by the country.
The PM said that PTI Government for the first time in the history of the country has taken up the issue of environment which remained neglected in past.
As a first step the Government was making the Federal Capital as Model City and much-needed reforms were being introduced in health, education and other sectors in the Federal Capital, he said.
The model would be replicated in other major cities of the country to overcome the challenges of urbanization, depletion of green areas, waste management system and improving social sectors.
The Prime Minister directed that Local Government bills in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab be tabled at the earliest.
The cabinet approved renewal of Regular Public Transport (RPT) License of M/s Airblue Limited with effect from 20th November 2018 to 19th November 2019.
The meeting ratified the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet in its meeting held on 26 February 2019.
The Cabinet approved appointment of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan as Member Production Coordination (MPC) in the Heavy Industries Taxila. Appointment of Brig. Nadeem Iqbal as Member Production Control (MPC ) in Heavy Industries Taxila Board was approved.
Brig Muhammad Shafi’s appointment as Member Ministerial Coordination in POF Board and HIT Board was also approved.
The Cabinet accorded ex-post facto approval to regularization of excess expenditure for financial year 2017-18 and Supplementary Grants for FY 2018-19.
Finance Division also submitted before the Cabinet Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement of Audit Oversight Board (AOB) for the year 2018. The Cabinet approved appointment of Directors on the Board of Directors of National Bank of Pakistan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
The Cabinet approved signing of MoU on Bilateral Political Consultation between Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan and Lithuania.
The Cabinet approved signing/ratification of the OIC Charter Agreements and Treaties concluded during the 46th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 01-2 March 2019. The Cabinet approved signing of Visa Abolition Agreement between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Republic of Cuba for diplomatic, official and service passport holders.
The Cabinet was also briefed on the progress about identification of state-owned assets by all industries/divisions.
The Cabinet approved the proposal regarding reconstitution of Board of Directors of Pakistan Revenue Automation (Private) Limited. Re-appointment of Dr. Muhammad Iqbal and Dr. Syed Muhammad Arif as Members Governing Council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics under Section-7 of the General Statistics (Re-Organization) Act, 2011 was approved by the Federal Cabinet.
The Cabinet ratified the decisions taken by Cabinet Committee on Energy in its meeting held on 27 February 2019.
The Cabinet also approved Heads of the Terms of the Host Government Agreement between Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and TAPI Pipeline Company Limited on implementing TAPI Gas Pipeline project.