ECC approves Rs 10.75 billion to procure vaccines for provinces
Okays Rs 20 billion for cabinet division, Rs 4 billion for Defence and Rs 420 million for information ministry
By News Desk
May 25, 2023 12:11 PM
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Federal Cabinet has okayed an amount of Rs 20 billion in favour of the Cabinet Division for the Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Programme (SAP).
According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, the ECC met with Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar in a chair in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The meeting approved Rs 4000 million in favour of the Ministry of Defence to meet its expenditures.
Rs 420 million in favour of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to meet its budgetary shortfall for information services abroad.
The ECC approved the Rs 10.75 billion in favour of the Federal Directorate of Immunization (FDI) to procure vaccines and syringes for uninterrupted supply to the provinces.
It also allowed Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) Based fertilizer plants to operate beyond May 31 to August 31 on indigenous gas with no subsidy.
The ECC approved Rs. 263.988 million in favour of the Office of Controller General of Accounts (CGA) for the implementation of online billing solutions for Federal and Provincial Accountant Generals.
It also gave its node Rs 497.261 million in favour of the Ministry of Housing and Works for the execution of a development scheme titled “Construction of Railway underpass Gojra, district Toba Tek Singh”.
Rs 25 million in favour of the President Secretariat for ERE expenditures and Rs 208 million in favour of the Intelligence Bureau to meet its Employee Related Expenses were approved.
The ECC approved Rs. 263.988 million in favour of the office of Controller General of Accounts (CGA) for the implementation of online billing solutions in Federal and Provincial Accountant Generals whereas Rs 497.261 million in favour of the Ministry of Housing and Works for the execution of development scheme titled “Construction of Railway underpass Gojra, district Toba Tek Singh”.
The ECC after discussion approved the proposal of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination that the DBC-I and DBC-II projects as these were initiated prior to the commitment made under NDCs in 2021 and these projects are expected to generate around US$ 200 to 220 million till 2043 with additional benefits of creating green jobs.
The ECC also considered a summary of the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) on payment mechanisms and agreements with M/s Uch Power (Pvt) Limited.
The ECC approved the proposals of the Ministry for a Novation Agreement, Master Agreement, and PPA amendment that would result in savings of Rs. 33 billion over a period of seven years.
The ECC also approved the following technical supplementary grants/ supplementary grants including Rs 2.5 million in favour of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Coordination to meet its expenditures.
Federal Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Syed Murtaza Mahmud, Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Dr Aisha Ghous Pasha, SAPM on Finance Tariq Bajwa, SAPM on Revenue Tariq Mehmood Pasha, Coordinator to the PM on Economy Bilal Azhar Kayani, Coordinator to PM on Commerce & Industry Rana Ihsan Afzal, Federal Secretaries and other senior officers attended the meeting.