02 Apr, 2019

ISLAMABAD (9 News) – The federal cabinet has formally approved creation of a new division in the name of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division on Tuesday here.

This was announced by Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain while briefing journalists about decisions of the federal cabinet under the chair of Prime minister Imran Khan.

The federal cabinet has formally approved creation of a new division in the name of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division. He said that the new division will be headed by Dr Sania Nishtar and it will coordinate functions of different organizations under the newly launched Ehsas Programme.

Fawad Chaudhry said the new poverty alleviation programme envisages provision of health cards and affordable housing facilities for the low income people.

Govt not going to change name of BISP

The minister clarified that that the government is not going to change the name of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). He said financial aid is provided to poor people through BISP, Zakaat, and Pakistan Baitul Maal, whereas under the new social welfare programme new initiatives will be taken.

He said health cards, kafalat and affordable housing scheme to be launched by the Prime Minister soon Ehsas facilitate poor people of Pakistan.

Cabinet approves budget of Rs57.3bn for Khassadar

Fawad Chaudhry said the cabinet also approved a budget of 57.3 billion rupees for Khassadar and other forces working in erstwhile FATA. He said the cabinet also gave approval to the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Council (ECC).

PM directs to prepare complete roadmap on wheat, cotton & rice

He said the prime minister directed to prepare a complete roadmap on wheat, cotton, and rice and prepare a procurement policy to benefit the agriculture sector. He said the cabinet also decided to export of one million tons of wheat.

PM advises to evolve comprehensive policy to set prices of vehicles

The information minister said the premier also advised to evolve a comprehensive policy to set prices of vehicles. He said it was the PTI government’s efforts due to which for the first time sugarcane growers got prices of their crop in time.

Boards of PMDC, Oil & Gas, SSGP, SNGP reconstituted

The minister said boards of Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation, Oil and Gas Development Authority, Sui Southern Gas Pipelines, and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines have been reconstituted. Shamsuddin Sheikh has been appointed Chairman PMDC and Qamar Javed Sharif the chief of OGDC.

Dr Shamshad Akhtar has been appointed the new head of SSGPL and Syed Dilawar Abbas the chief of SNGPL. The cabinet also approved appointment of judges of various banking courts. Hassan Irfan Khan has been removed from the IPO Policy Board.

Cabinet approves appointment of Arshad Malik as PIA CEO

The minister said the cabinet approved appointment of Arshad Malik as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). He said the cabinet approved extension in the license of Vision Air International for one year.

Details of cabinet meetings during tenure of PTI

Giving details of the cabinet meetings during the tenure of the PTI government, the Information Minister said cabinet has so far held33 meetings during which 607 decisions regarding 45 divisions were taken. Of these, 375 decisions have already been fully implemented, while rest is in implementation phase.