PM directs to enact new laws for the protection of farmer’s rights
PM will address public meetings in all provinces & highlight gov’t performance: State Minister
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday principally approved the formation of a Pakistan Cotton Authority to ensure the provision of quality seed, monitoring and enhancing the yield. The prime minister, chairing a meeting to discuss enhancing the cotton yield, said the government was providing a subsidy on modern agricultural equipment, quality seed, and fertilizer.
The prime minister said the benefits of the subsidy through Kisan Card should be extended to the farmers. Moreover, he said, new legislation should be made in coordination with all stakeholders for the protection of farmers’ rights. During the meeting, in-principle approval was also given for the formation of an inter-ministerial committee to provide quality cotton-seed, besides approving promulgation of new laws to protect farmers’ rights.
The participants of the meeting were told that a stock of 4.7 million tons of wheat was available in the country and both the federal and provincial governments were providing a subsidy worth Rs 15.5 billion.
It was told that a farmers’ forum had been created under Federal Food Security Minister to ensure the representation of farmers in policymaking and for early resolution of their issues.
The prime minister also approved the holding of the National Cotton Conference and directed the Ministry of Industries to prepare a feasibility report on the establishment of plants for indigenous production of DAP.
Federal ministers Shaukat Tarin, Syed Fakhar Imam, Commerce Adviser Abdul Razzak Dawood, Punjab Agriculture Minister Syed Husain Jahanian and senior officers attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, to another official commitment, Prime Minister Imran Khan, today has approved the constitution of the Inter-Ministerial Executive Coordination Committee of National Rehmatalil Aalmeen Authority (NRA) on recommendations of its chairman and members. The committee includes additional Secretary of Federal Education and Professional Training Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani as chairman, additional Secretary of Religious Affairs division, Additional Secretary of Law and Justice Division, Additional Secretary of the finance division, Additional Secretary of establishment division and a representative from NRA as the members. The objective of the Inter-Ministerial Executive Coordination Committee of NRA would be to provide key support in developing quick processes, ensure alignments with official rules and regulations, and extend support in facilitating the compliance and acceleration in various procedures. The specific terms of reference of this committee would be, to provide support in streamlining official business of the authority and to facilitate inter-provincial and inter-ministerial coordination to the initiatives of NRA. It will also support the development of processes and procedures for the smooth working of the National Rehmatalil Aalmeen Authority. Adding to this, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Monday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had decided to launch a mass contact campaign to mobilize the party at the grassroots level.
The decision to this effect was taken in the Central Executive Committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan who is also the chairman of PTI, he said while addressing a news conference.
The minister said the prime minister would himself lead the mass contact campaign on the desire of PTI Parliamentarians who wanted PM Imran to directly inform the masses about the PTI’s mega initiatives and priorities.
It was only the PTI that had had the largest public meetings in the country, he said, adding the provincial presidents had been asked to arrange party conventions as it was their responsibility to mobilize the party at the grassroots level. According to the plan, he said PM Imran Khan would address the large public gatherings to be arranged across the country.
On February 9, he said the prime minister would be in Faisalabad to launch the ‘health card’ which would provide free medical treatment of up to one million to the masses.
The minister said the health card was already launched in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said by March 31, the entire population of Punjab would be covered under the flagship ‘health card’ initiative for which an amount of Rs 450 billion were allocated by the provincial government. Divulging other details of the meeting, he said all the presidents of provincial units of PTI presented their reports on the party’s reorganization.
The party chairman had directed the provincial president to complete reorganization of the party at the district level by February 15, he added. Farrukh said the party had notified its Permanent Parliamentary Board to look after matters pertaining to the upcoming local government elections in different provinces. He said the CEC had praised and congratulated Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team for a highly successful visit to China.
The joint communique issued by both countries after the meeting between PM Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping reflected time-tested and strong relations between the two countries, he noted. Lashing out at the critics of the visit, he said national interest should be given preference over personal interests. He said those who propagated against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor needed to know that the mega project was in full swing. Farrukh said that work on the CPEC was completed during the present government. “You will soon see that the fruits of CPEC will transfer to the common man,” he remarked. He also commented on the reconciliation of two major opposition parties and said they ‘united’ once again to stop the government from retrieving the looted wealth stashed in the foreign countries.
“The ongoing accountability process will go unhindered as the opposition cannot blackmail the government,” he maintained. To a query, he said the oppositions’ conspiracies and nefarious designs posed no threat to the government. “We are not afraid of their resignations, no-confidence motion and long marches,” he added. He also came hard on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif for laundering money through telegraphic transfers.
Farrukh also criticized Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for laundering money through fake accounts. There is no comparison of other political parties with the PTI which is a symbol of the federation, he remarked.