PM reviews performance of ministries

PM directs to make public names of officers who received BISP handouts

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our correspondenet
ISLAMABAD
The federal cabinet meeting concluded which held under the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan after giving approval of various decisions including launching a new airline. The federal cabinet was summoned to discuss the 16-point agenda besides reviewing national and global developments.
The recent escalation between the US and Iran also came into discussion. Sources said that the cabinet members okayed the launching of a new airline, AirSial, as well as greenlighted the agreement of Pak-Saudi air services. PM Imran Khan has been briefed over administrative issues of different ministries and its subordinate departments. The recommendations forwarded by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and Cabinet’s Law Committee have been approved.
The cabinet has postponed the matter related to the appointment of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) chief executive officer (CEO), however, the appointments on the positions were approved including Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) director-general, production control member of Heavy Industries Taxila and in-charge member in Karachi Secretariat of Pakistan Ombudsman.
A report was also presented before the members regarding the distribution of four per cent quota allocated for erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Gilgit-Baltistan. PM Imran Khan and the cabinet members have also discussed the reservations of its coalition partners. PM Khan said the coalition partners of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government have always shown support in tough time and the Centre will also move forward with its partners in future.
Prime Minister Imran Khan reviewed the performance of the ministries during a session of the federal cabinet, sources said on Monday. The prime minister chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet at the Prime Minister House today, to discuss the overall political and economic situation in the country. The federal cabinet also gave approval for the air services agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting, the cabinet also approved putting Maryam Nawaz’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL) in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. The matter was referred to the relevant standing committee of the Senate. According to sources, the prime minister gave a green signal to the decisions of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC).
According to the notification issued by PM Office, the cabinet will take up a 16-point agenda, and will also get an update on the implementation of previous cabinet decisions. The cabinet will also be briefed on the performance of different departments. The federal cabinet is also likely to approve decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee and give approval for the air service agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Defense Division’s proposal for deputation of flag officer as director general Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMDA), and appointment of member production control MPC in Heavy Industries Taxila Board is also expected to be approved in today’s meeting. The body will also review the Establishment Division’s proposal for posting of member in-charge Wafaqi Mohtasib at Ombudsman’s Secretariat, regional office, Karachi.
The cabinet will also be presented with a report regarding the allocation of four per cent quota for the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal area and Giglit Baltitistan. The body will also approve the appointment of Pakistan State Oil’s managing director/chief executive officer. Along with this, the cabinet will also approve the appointment of a judge for a banking court in Lahore.
The meeting would also take up proposal for the construction of high-rise buildings in Karachi, Lahore and Multan.
The Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination is expected to brief the cabinet on the status of homeopathic colleges in the country. The briefing was added to the agenda after a complaint was filed on the citizens portal. During the last cabinet meeting on January 1, approved an amendment to the Pakistan Army Act in light of the Supreme Court’s directions last month in a case pertaining to an extension in the tenure of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The National Assembly and Senate had later approved the Army Act 1952, Pakistan Air Force Act 1953 and the Pakistan Navy Ordinance 1961, formalising the length of tenure of the three services chiefs.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also directed concerned government authorities to announce the names of officers in public, who were involved in a fraud in Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). A report about the names of the officers deleted from the BISP beneficiary list was submitted to the prime minister, sources said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his anger over the matter and directed concerned authorities to announce the names of the officers in public, involved in the fraud. “Those involved in robbing the poor from their entitlement could not be let free,” prime minister said.
“The names of those plundering the money should be made public,” Imran Khan said. The names of influential government officials (involved in scam) will not remain under the curtain, sources said. Concerned authorities will initiate implementation of the instructions of the prime minister, according to the sources.
According to the report overall 2543 government officials of Grade-17 to Grade-21 were receiving the BISP tri-monthly handouts, meant for the poor segments of the society. Some officers were receiving money in the name of their wives and other members of families, which were registered in the list of the people entitled for income support.
Balochistan is the province with maximum numbers of government officials i.e. 741, who were receiving handouts of the income support programme. Sindh had 342 government officers of Grade-18 who were registered as eligible persons for the income support programme.
The federal government had launched disciplinary action against the public officers of grade 17 and above who had been receiving financial assistance from the BISP. The federal government had also directed the provincial chief secretaries to take departmental action against the officers who had received BISP assistance meant for the poor.

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