ECC okays  Rs459.5m grant to cope locust threat

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ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has approved a grant of Rs. 459.5 million to cope desert locust threat in Pakistan.

The committee accorded this approval during its meeting held with Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in the chair here on Thursday.

The ECC was informed that nine districts of the country are affected by the Locust and the Department of Plant Protection has been given the responsibility of dealing with the threat. So far 170,000 hectares have been cleared and the Ministry has been provided updates on daily basis.

The ECC approved allocation of three hundred million rupees for raising of a Special Wing of Pakistan Rangers for Protection of Kartarpur Corridor.

It also approved the “Enactment of Pakistan Single Window Bill, 2019” to facilitate the businesses in Pakistan.

Through this Single window, all parties involved in trade and transport can lodge standardized information and documents with a single-entry point to fulfill all import, export and transit related regulatory requirements.

The ECC also allowed the continuation of funding facility by Gas Holding Private Limited for Inter-state Gas Systems (Private) Limited for another two years.

It approved extension and Rehabilitation of gas network in oil and gas producing districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

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