Cabinet decides against increasing power, gas tariff

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD

Federal cabinet on Thursday decided not to increase electricity and gas tarrifs while Prime Minister Imran Khan clearly said that his government doesn’t want any confrontation with the judiciary.

Federal cabinet met with PM in the chair at the PM House. The cabinet discussed 16 points agenda and several points were approved including the recommendations of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC).

Sources told that due to some members’ reservations, cabinet deferred the matter of inclusion of parliamentarians in Ehsas program while also deferred the appointment of commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

The PM made it clear that he will not increase the gas and electricity charges for poor people at all and he made it clear to IMF as well because he didn’t want to put any additional burden of inflation on masses.

The PM also directed for mechanism regarding regularity duty on import of pulses and directed utility stores to make sure true relief to the poor people.

Cabinet also decided to form policy for pilgrims and for this five members committee has been formed under religious affairs minister. The committee will present its report in next cabinet meeting.

The members who were named for the committee include federal ministers Shireen Mazari, Ali Zaidi which will be headed by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri.

Khan directed to present flour crisis report in one week and sugar crisis report in two weeks and said responsible for the crises will not be spared at all.

On attorney general’s resignation, he said that he didn’t want any confrontation with judiciary and former attorney general made irresponsible statement in court that was not government policy and soon new AG will be appointed and sources told that Khalid Javed Khan may be new AG.

The appointment of Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation’s managing director was approved, whereas, various agenda items regarding postings and agreement between Pakistan and Turkey have also received approval.

The premier praised efforts of the government’s economic team over six-month budget review report which stated positive financial indicators.