PM vows not to burden consumers with higher utility bills: Firdous

Says PM Khan also directs to take all-out preventive measures against spread of coronavirus in country

By: News Desk      Published: 09:54 PM, 25 Feb, 2020
PM vows not to burden consumers with higher utility bills: Firdous
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan briefs media about federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has unequivocally reiterated the government’s resolve not to put burden of increased bills of electricity on people.

Briefing the media regarding Federal Cabinet meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the Prime Minister directed that people should not be suffered due to gaps in generation and supply of electricity.

She said the cabinet was apprised that decisions taken by previous government resulted in increased tariff of electricity. The SAPM directed the Ministry of Energy to devise a comprehensive mechanism so that increase in prices due to Neelum Jhelum Surcharge or circular debt is not passed on to ordinary people. A meeting in this regard will be convened soon.

Firdous said the cabinet was informed that five hundred feeders in the country have been secured and modern technology is being employed to stop line losses, while more than 58,000 FIRs have been lodged against the electricity thieves during 2019.

The Ministry of Energy presented a detailed plan to the federal cabinet on supply of power, prices of electricity for domestic and commercial consumers and short term and long term goals for bringing these prices down.

She said the Prime Minister also directed to take all-out preventive measures against spread of coronavirus in the country. The cabinet was informed that not even a single case of coronavirus has been reported so far in Pakistan.

Firdous said the cabinet also discussed the visit of US President Trump to neighboring India. It was informed that defeat of Indian narrative during this visit is a victory for Pakistan. 

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Dr Sania Nishtar gave a detailed briefing to cabinet on Ehsaas Kifalat Program, Langar Khanas and other initiatives which are the vision of PTI government to provide support to vulnerable segments of society.

The prime minister expressed satisfaction over the social welfare programmes under Ehsaas program. The cabinet was given briefing on economic data and the reduction in prices of essential items. Due to effective monitoring and comprehensive policies of the government, a strong message has gone to various mafias of hoarders and profiteers resulting in reduction in prices.

In the context of Justice Faez Isa case, the Prime Minister supported Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem and while appreciating his services assured him that government fully backs his steps in the constitutional and legal ambit.

The cabinet gave approval to the construction of high rise buildings in the surroundings of Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

Dr Firdous said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been declared absconder according to Pakistani law due to failure in presenting the medical reports. She said that according to law if absconder did not return to Pakistan he will be declared proclaimed offender. She said that Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif while fulfilling the requirements of salary, government privileges and office expenses should come back in Pakistan and play his role of opposition. She said that Shehbaz Sharif should come back in country as opposition along with government has also an important role in parliamentary system.

She said that the cabinet approved uniformed education policy, adding that the seminary students could also take benefit from science and technology education. She said that uniformed syllabus has been prepared for one to five class, adding that this has been sent for the approval of National Curriculum Council. She said that the syllabus from class six to eight will be sent to National Conference for approval in March 2020, adding that the imparting education in regional languages is also included in this.