Cabinet OKs delegation of legal powers to DSJs in 19 districts to check smuggling

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet, which met here Tuesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, approved the delegation of legal powers to the District and Sessions Judges (DSJs) of 19 districts to check smuggling.

The powers have been given under clause 8(2) of the COVID-19 (Prevention of Smuggling) Ordinance 2020.

The cabinet was told that with no shortage of wheat and sugar in the country, there would be no increase in the prices of the two commodities.

The prime minister told the cabinet members that with a clear procedure in place for the Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) to address the issues of their respective constituencies, in that regard action would be taken against the district administration and the responsible officers of the departments concerned for not timely addressing the problems.

The cabinet approved the appointment of Rina Saeed Khan as Chairperson of Islamabad Wildlife Management Board.

It also approved the appointment of Chairperson and Member of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD). The Commission also included the representation of provinces, Islamabad, minorities and women.

The cabinet accorded an in-principle approval to the procedure for appointment of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in the important public institutions and companies.

The prime minister directed that the process of appointments should be completely based on transparency and merit.

The cabinet endorsed the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet in its meetings of October 28 and November 4, 2020, respectively.

The decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Legislation during its meetings on October 21 and November 5, 2020 were also endorsed by the cabinet. – APP