PM vows not to burden consumers with higher utility bills: Firdous
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reiterated the government's firm resolve of not burdening consumers with increased utility bills, by keeping the electricity and gas tariffs stable through out-of-box methods.
Briefing media about the decisions of the Federal Cabinet, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the previous governments adopted anti-people policies by not passing on the power and gas generation cost to consumers. Moreover, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz regime did not increase the tariffs in the wake of Panama Papers case and 2018 for being the election year.
The prime minister, while chairing the cabinet meeting, advised the Ministry of Energy not to offset the power and gas generation cost by increasing their tariffs and instead find a way out by preparing a mechanism to revamp the obsolete structure of power sector, she added.
Dr Firdous said Minister for Education and Technical Training Shafqat Mehmood presented the Pakistan National Education Plan 2020, which was approved by the cabinet after a thorough debate. A unified curriculum would be introduced in all the educational institutions, including religious seminaries whose students would be brought to the mainstream by providing them modern education facilities.
A comprehensive education policy would be prepared to enroll 22 million out of school children, she added.
She said the curriculum for grade 1 to 5 had been sent to National Curriculum Council whereas that of Grade 6 to 8 had been prepared, which would be presented at a national conference next month for approval.
She said the cabinet expressed its satisfaction over United States President Donald Trump's acknowledgment of Pakistan's positive role in the war against terrorism, which was a victory of the country's positive narrative and an Indian defeat.
The special assistant said the Federal Cabinet in principle decided to merge two separate bills related to the journalists’ safety, security, insurance and terrorism, and directed the ministry concerned to make a comprehensive law on the matter for approval.
She said the cabinet also expressed its satisfaction over the measures being taken to control inflation and their outcome in the shape of relief to the poor segments of society, besides the economy moving on an upward trajectory.
Dr Firdous asked the PML-N leadership to submit the authentic medical reports of Nawaz Sharif rather sending medical certificates of private laboratories. There was much difference in a medical report and a medical certificate. - APP