Thanks KSA for helping in test times: PM

PM for payments to old-aged pensioners through banks, other modes

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OUR CORRESPONDENT

ISLAMABAD

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday extended gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for extending a helping hand to Pakistan in testing times. Prince Fahd bin Sultan, the governor of Tabuk province of the kingdom, called on the prime minister at the Prime Minister Office (PMO) here.

The prime minister assured the visiting dignitary of his participation at the upcoming summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held in Makkah. I’ll participate in the OIC summit, he said. Speaking on the occasion, the Tabuk governor said they are looking forward to the prime minister’s visit of the kingdom to attend the OIC summit.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Khan directed the Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) to ensure maximum facility provision to pensioners. Chairing a briefing on EOBI, PM Imran Khan directed to table the pending matters between centre and provinces before the Council of Common Interests for early resolution.

Special Assistant to PM on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfiqar Abbas B u k h a r i , Chairman EOBI Azhar Hameed and other senior officials were present in the meeting. PM Imran Khan was briefed EOBI’s functionality and steps being taken to improve the workflow of the institute. EOBI would soon hold countrywide ‘Pension Day’ to encourage the employees and beneficiaries. PM was told about digitization and automation in the sector to reduce chances of corruption, delays and malpractice.

He was told that the EOBI would soon hold countrywide Pension Day to encourage the employees and owners for efficiently performing their duties. The prime minister was told the registration process for employees and workers was being eased and digitized to get rid of corruption and other malpractices.

A data bank of the registered employees would be formulated besides a modern complaint management system to be launched. The EOBI also presented a proposal to the prime minister for construction of low-cost houses under EOBI and Pakistan Real Estate Investment and Management Company. Under this plan, 5,500 houses would be built measuring three and five marlas.

Moreover, in a meeting with Minister for Power Omar Ayub and Special Assistant Nadeem Babar Prime Minister Khan here ordered indiscriminate action against those involved in power and gas pilferage. The prime minister said that those involved in gas and power pilferage should be exposed before the masses

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