Cabinet meeting: Task force for Karachi, cut in foreign visits

October 18, 2018

The cabinet meeting on Thursday made some important decisions pertaining to developing Karachi, cut in foreign visits and providing relief to sugarcane farmers.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry briefed the media after the meeting.

Developing Karachi

A ‘high-powered’ committee for the transformation of Karachi has been constituted, he said.

Chaudhry remarked that Karachi Infrastructure Development Company will be revamped. “It will be involved in undertaking development projects in the city,” he said.

“Karachi has given its mandate to PTI,” he said, adding that federal government does not want to disappoint the people.

The task force will be headed by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and the commissioner will be the secretary, he said. It will include MNAs from Karachi too.

Cut in foreign visits

The government has taken steps to implement new rules for foreign visits too. The obligatory visits have been decreased from 642 to 428. Aside for foreign ministry staff and officials, other ministers can’t visit more than three countries in a year.

“However, the ministers can take more visits if he gets the permission of the premier,” he said.

Sugarcane farmers 

Chaudhry remarked that the government had allowed sugar exports to provide some relief to the farmers. However, the millowners are still not giving salaries to them.

The Sugar Mills Association and other organisations requested that the crushing season should start from November 30.

“We think this is unfair to the farmers,” he remarked. The cabinet has decided that the crushing season will start from November 15.

He added, “we can’t let the market forces determine the future of farmers.”

During the meeting, the cabinet reviewed the implementation of the 100-day plan. The cabinet briefed the prime minister on the progress of Naya Pakistan Housing Programme and Green and Clean Pakistan Campaign.


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