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Says cabinet will not exceed 26 members; resolves to end unannounced loadshedding; Punjab ministers won’t avail protocol
 
 
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
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LAHORE: PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has said that he will not stay in the Prime Minister’s House and the size of his cabinet will not exceed 26 members.

 

Addressing a consultative meeting of the party at Jati Umra, Raiwind, on Wednesday, the PML-N chief stated that crucial decisions would be taken for solving the administrative issues of the country.

 

The meeting chaired by the PML-N president and prime minister-designate was held to discuss the core issues confronting the Federation, including loadshedding. The meeting was attended by central leaders of the PML-N, including Senator Ishaq Dar, Ch Nisar Ali, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Kh Asif and Ahsan Iqbal.

 

Besides, renowned businessmen, experts and technocrats including Mian Mansha, Shaukat Tareen and others were also present. The meeting reviewed possible measures for generating electricity and addressing the power crisis.

 

Nawaz also resolved to end the unannounced power loadshedding in the first phase of his government and utilising all the resources for the solution of this issue. He stated that they will have to work day and night for the solution of power crisis. Foreign investors should also invest in the power sector, he added.

 

Sources stated important decisions regarding the power issue were taken in the meeting and the party president sought proposals from the participants.The meeting also decided that the Punjab cabinet would comprise 32 ministers and they would not avail protocol.

 

The meeting also decided that the power sector would be given special importance and special austerity measures would be taken to improve the situation. It also decided that no new subsidy would be given to people in the upcoming budget.

 

It was also decided that heads of those corporations who faced constant losses would be changed and capable persons would be selected for important slots. Nawaz during the meeting also stated that solution of the problems was the top priority of his government. He also said that the government would not stop the funds of the ongoing development projects and all resources would be utilised for addressing the challenges. The experts in the meeting also stressed the need for early completion of work on the projects meant for power generation.