Govt wants to take along opposition on electoral reforms: Fawad
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Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that government wants to take opposition along on the issue of electoral reforms and NAB chairman appointment, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Fawad Chaudhry along with Energy Minister Hammad Azhar said that the NAB’s bill was in assembly. However, the government wants to sort 2-3 issues with the consultation of the government, he added.
He said that the government wanted to hold consultation with the opposition on the appointments in the judiciary.
He stated that the government was bound to comply with the court order regarding the Naval Golf Course.
He expressed his concern that Omicron cases were surging in Karachi and the coronavirus was diagnosed in Karachi schoolchildren.
He said the daily cases of the virus have reached five thousand per day while a 30 percent increase of patients in ICU was recorded. To date vaccination worth two billion dollars has been imported.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to finalize the master plans of all big cities on a priority basis to ensure restoration of green areas in the cities and discourage land encroachments.
Fawad said the cabinet was briefed on the production and availability of Urea in the country.
It was informed that the demand for Urea was increased due to an increase in the cultivation of wheat and an overall increase in prices of Urea around the globe. It was apprised that Urea prices are six times higher than Pakistan.
The meeting was also briefed on the electricity transmission system. It was informed that first time in history circular debt will witness a decline from this year.
The Minister said federal cabinet also recommended that Senate and National Assembly should constitute standing committees while keeping in view the element of conflict of interest.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar said the major reason for the gas shortage in Sindh is the stay order taken by local industrialists from Sindh High Court.
He expressed the hope that soon the stay will be vacated and around 100mm (standard cubic foot) will be added to the system for household consumers.
Regarding legislation on the State Bank of Pakistan, the Minister said our legislation is aimed at ensuring independence of the central bank.
The Minister said independency of the State Bank will not only decrease inflation but also strengthen country's economy through sustainable growth rate.