Council of Common Interests PM wants provinces to get more power, resources

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said that the federal government would take all provinces on board in all matters of common interest, adding that the government wanted to make provinces more powerful.

Prime Minister Imran said the government was making efforts to provide more resources to the provinces. The PM presided over his first meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) to deliberate on a seven-point agenda; including the issues of energy and water, at the PM Office in Islamabad.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Punjab CM Sardar Usman Buzdar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) CM Mehmood Khan and Balochistan CM Jam Kamal Khan attended the meeting, besides the Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (MIPC) Dr Fehmida Mirza and Minister for Finance Asad Umar.

According to the MIPC, the meeting had a seven-point agenda that covered import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), launching a countrywide cleanliness drive and setting up a task force for streamlining regulatory functions.

The Petroleum, Exploration and Production Policy 2012 and matters pertaining to Workers Welfare Fund and Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) came under discussion during the meeting.

The Ministry of Water Resources presented a summary on allocation of 1,200 cusecs (650.5 MGD) additional water for Karachi City (K-IV project).

Resolution of energy problems of Balochistan were also discussed, including enhancement of absorption energy, limited supply of water in Pat Feeder and Kirther Canals.

Implementation of the Kazi Committee Methodology for calculation of the net hydel profit was presented by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the federal government would take all provinces on board in all matters, adding that the government wanted to make provinces more powerful. He said they were making efforts to provide more resources to the provinces.