ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Thursday decided to not increase prices of electricity and gas, as it deliberated on further steps to reduce inflation.
A meeting of the federal cabinet was held at the Prime Minister’s House under the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday to discuss a 16-point agenda.
A detailed review was made over the government’s steps taken to reduce inflation. The premier directed the authorities concerned to strictly monitor commodities’ prices after the issuance of a relief package. It was also decided to devise a strategy for decreasing import levy to lessen prices of pulses.
Federal Minister Faisal Vawda raised the matter of children affected by metabolism disorder on which PM Imran ordered to ensure the availability of life-saving nutrients after removing the ban on its imports.
Moreover, the matter related to the appointment of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) chief commissioner and a briefing on parliamentarians’ inclusion in the Ehsaas programme was postponed.
Briefing reporters about the decisions taken in the cabinet meeting, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that a comprehensive report on the wheat crisis will be presented to the cabinet in one week.
“The federal government has decided to release 100,000 tonnes of wheat for Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” she said. “The Punjab Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) already has 2.8 million tonnes of wheat in its storage,” she added.
She said that the federal government had come to the provinces’ aid who had not procured wheat according to the demand. “In future, provinces should procure wheat according to their targets,” said the prime minister’s aide.
Dr Firdous said that a mafia was behind the sugar and wheat crisis which had taken hold of the country. She said that those responsible for the artificial crisis will not escape justice.
Lashing out at the PML-N indirectly, she said people were targeting the Prime Minister’s Office from abroad for political motives.