PM emphasizes various ministries to improve governance and prioritize projects

PM expresses satisfaction over improved economic indicators of country

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has assigned targets to various ministries to improve governance and prioritize projects, especially rationalizing the power sector and subsidies, encouraging wealth creation, and enhancing exports.
He was speaking at the signing ceremony of agreements between the Prime Minister and federal ministries to evaluate performance of various departments and sectors in achieving targets. He said prioritized projects will vigorously be followed and evaluated to ensure performance. He said now it is time to perform and every ministry has to achieve its targets.
Imran Khan said power sector is the biggest challenge to provide affordable electricity to consumers. He said the government is providing subsidies of billions of rupees, but it is being used both by the poor and the rich. He said there is a need to rationalize provision of subsidies to the targeted populace and deserving people as well as for the development of backward areas.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to enhance exports and control inflation in the country. He said growing bill of pensions is also one of the biggest challenges the country is facing. He directed to formulate a comprehensive plan to meet this challenge.
Imran Khan said concentration will be further made on the agriculture sector to increase productivity and job opportunities for the youth. He said the government is seeking China’s cooperation in the agriculture sector under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Talking about problems emerged after transfer of powers and shifting of various subjects to provinces under 18th Amendment, Imran Khan said we need to review the system for better performance.
He questioned what the federal government can do if a province does not release wheat well in time, creating difference in prices of the commodity. He said in such a situation blame is shifted to the center.
Similarly, the ministry of environment has been devolved to provinces and the center cannot formulate a uniform policy. He said this subject should also be kept with the federal government. He said we will have to work on all these distortions.Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed satisfaction over improved economic indicators of the country.

In a tweet on Tuesday, he said despite COVID-19, it is great news on economy remarkable turnaround as our Current Account remained again in surplus of 447 million dollars in last month.
The Federal Cabinet has allowed presentation of the report of 6th Census before the Council of Common Interest for final approval.

Briefing the media in Islamabad this evening, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Syed Shibli Faraz said the Cabinet which met in Islamabad on Tuesday also approved clearing of encroachments along the Margalla Road in Islamabad.

The Minister said the Interior Ministry has been permitted to amend the Exit Control List to implement courts’ decisions. He said the final approval in amending the ECL will be taken from the cabinet committee.

Shibli Faraz said today’s cabinet meeting was different to that of the routine meeting in view of growing spike of COVID-19 pandemic.

He said only those ministers were invited to attend the meeting, whose ministries were related to the agenda items, while rest of the cabinet members participated in the meeting virtually to avoid spread of the contagion.

He said second wave of the COVID-19 is continuing with full pace and complete implementation of Standard Operating Procedures has become a must. He said the opposition held its public rallies in complete disregard of SOPs.

Responding to a question, the Information Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government rendered untiring efforts for betterment of the country’s economy. He said as a result of these efforts, country’s exports are at the highest level.

Syed Shibli Faraz said housing sector is also flourishing and the business activities are getting momentum.

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