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March 14, 2018

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Cabinet rejects proposal to raise duty for mills in Fata, Pata

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has rejected a proposal to increase rate of Central Excise Duty on import of raw material for manufacturing edible oil, vegetable ghee and cooking oil in mills in Fata and Pata.

The cabinet directed that the issue of rationalisation of taxes be considered at the time of formulation of budget proposals. In an important step, the cabinet that had its meeting at the Prime Minister Office (PMO) under Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday, approved signing of agreement on cooperation in the field of combating crime between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

It will be yet another field where the two countries would enhance their mutual assistance. The cabinet approved placement of draft limitation relating to Civil Revision Bill, 2018 before the Parliament. The cabinet approved amendments in the Rules of Business, 1973. The amendments comprise of inclusion of “Hajj & Umrah Directorate” in Schedule-III as an attached department of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, inclusion of “National Language Promotion Department” and “National Library of Pakistan” as attached departments of National History and Literary Heritage Division. Inclusion of “Pakistan Halal Authority” in the list of functions of Science & Technology Division was approved.

National Fertilizer Development Center (NFDC) was transferred from Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms to Ministry of National Food Security & Research and corresponding amendments in the Rules of Business were approved. The Cabinet also approved transfer of Pakistan Environmental Planning & Architectural Consultant Ltd.

From Climate Change Division to Planning, Development & Reforms Division. Approval was accorded for placement of the “Institute of Science and Technology Bahawalpur Bill, 2018” before the Parliament. The Constitution of ‘Search Committee’ for appointment of Vice Chancellor, SZAB Medical University (SZABMU) Islamabad was approved by the Cabinet.

The Committee will comprise Federal Minister for Health Services Saira Afzal Tarrar, Minster for Federal Education & Professional Training Engineer Muhammad Baleeghur Rehman, Minister for CADD Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, VC University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore Major General (Retired) Professor Dr Muhammad Aslam and prominent educationist Dr. Sania Nishtar. Approval was accorded for signing of MoU between Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) and Nepal Academy, Nepal.

Areas of cooperation include mutual exchanges of writers, poets and intellectuals. Moreover, it also includes collaboration in translation of works of prominent scholars, poets and writers, joint publications, arrangement of training courses, promotion of literature and arrangement of joint exhibitions & conferences. Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz briefed the Cabinet in detail about the issues relating to water management in the country and the first-ever draft Water Policy of the country.

Briefing the meeting about main features of national policy framework, he said that the policy aims at introduction of integrated water management for addressing water-related challenges. The Policy addresses issues relating to enhancing water storage capacity, conservation, research & development, capacity building of existing administrative departments, allocation of financial resources and establishment of institutional set-up at provincial levels.

Cabinet accorded approval for presentation of draft Water Policy before the Council of Common Interests (CCI). Appointments on vacant positions of Commissioners in Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) was approved. In order to solicit services of professionals in the public sector organisations, a proposal regarding introduction of Special Pay scales was approved by the Cabinet in-principle.

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