Islamabad, May 23, 2012 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani presided over the meeting of the Federal Cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat today.
At the outset of the meeting, the Prime Minister said that the Federal Government holds the Apex Court in high esteem and he has directed the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretary to appear before the court in Quetta today.
The Federal Cabinet congratulated the President on his successful participation in the NATO Summit held in Chicago and acknowledged the role played by the President in presenting Pakistan’s principled stand on various issues related to NATO.
The Federal Cabinet also expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the visit of Turkish Prime Minister to Pakistan. The Cabinet appreciated the address of the Turkish Prime Minister to the Joint Session and for expressing his understanding with the stance taken by Pakistan on NATO issues.
Chairman, Cabinet Committee on Energy gave a presentation to the Cabinet on Energy Situation in the Country. The Prime Minister directed that the Law Ministry should draft necessary legislation to deal severely with the issues of power theft, defaulters and recovery.
The Cabinet meeting reviewed the implementation status of Cabinet decisions pertaining to State and Frontier Regions Division and Board of Investment. The Cabinet was informed that 67% of its decisions pertaining to States and Frontier Regions have been implemented so far and the remaining are under the process of implementation. The Cabinet was further informed that 84% of its decisions pertaining to Board of Investment have already been implemented and the remaining under process of implementation.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval for confirmation of the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in its meeting held on 15th May, 2012
The Cabinet reviewed the Cabinet Decision dated 25th April 2012 regarding amendment in the CDA Ordinance, 1960. The Cabinet considered the proposal in its meeting held on 25th April 2012 and approved the proposed amendments in CDA Ordinance, 1960 with the directions that these amendments shall be made through an Act of Parliament instead of an Ordinance. But the CDA is of the view that due to influx of public in Islamabad, the residential problems need to be resolved on urgent basis.
Therefore, the aforementioned Cabinet decision is required to be reviewed for onward submission to the Honourable President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan for promulgation of an Ordinance instead of an Act of Parliament.
Finance Division gave a presentation to the Cabinet on Consumer Price Index in the country to oversee/discuss the trend of prices of essential commodities.
The Cabinet considered and accorded its approval to the signing of draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Military Technical Cooperation between the General Interim Committee for Defence in the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Ministry of Defence in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. On its signing, it will pave the way for broad based military cooperation between the two countries.
The Cabinet considered and accorded its approval for amendment in the Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance Act, 1969 (Act-II of 1969). The proposal to amend Section 4(1 )© of Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance Act, 1969 to be introduced by Law and Justice Division through official Bill is placed before the Cabinet for its consideration/approval in terms of Rule 27(5)(a)(i) of the Rules of Business, 1973.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval for membership of the Inter-Governmental Organization for international Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and Accession (signing) of the Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF).
The Cabinet in its meeting held on December 15, 2010 approved, in principle, a proposal of the Ministry of Railways for this membership. OTIF currently has 43 Member States in Europe, North Africa, the Near East and Asia and has also entered into a joint venture with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) with specific reference to Iran and Turkey.
Member States having acceded to the Convention comply with uniform rules of international carriage, use of rail infrastructure and facilitation of technical standards. A one-time concession from the Convention rules was allowed to operate the demonstration train on Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad route on August 14, 2009 from Islamabad.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval regarding signing of draft, convention between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of the Republic of Seychelles for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.
The Convention for avoidance of Double Taxation between the two countries will not only provide safeguards against double taxation on the incomes of the residents of the two countries, but will also promote economic cooperation and strengthen bilateral economic relations. It will also provide adequate certainty in respect of taxation rules applicable to cross-border business transactions, dividends, interest and royalties etc.
The Prime Minister formed a four member committee headed by Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Faheem to look into the issue of law and order in Karachi and Sindh.
The Prime Minister formed another committee headed by Mr Farooq A. Naik to look after the issue of missing persons in Balochistan.
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