The Federal Cabinet, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday (tomorrow) with Prime Minister, Imran Khan, in the chair will accord approval to wheat procurement and export policies for 2019. Though provincial governments have already announced their wheat procurement policies, the Ministry of National Food Security and Research held a meeting with the provinces, Commerce Division and Finance Division to finalise the policy at the federal level.
The sources said, a bumper wheat crop was expected this year for which proper and transparent arrangements should be made to procure wheat, so that farmers may get fair price for their crop. Food Departments of provinces and other procurement agencies should provide gunny bags to farmers in a transparent and fair manner. Other agenda items of Cabinet are as follows: (i) implementation of Cabinet decision of May 29, 2018 regarding enhancement of pay package of sitting Chairperson and Members of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA);(ii) strategy to dispose of abandoned properties;(iii) statutory Directors by the Federal Government (Defence Production) ;(iv) presentation on existing policy governing the hiring of testing agency for recruitment in Ministries/ Divisions ;(v) ex-post facto approval of signing and ratification of the agreement between Pakistan and Bosnia Herzegovina on the establishment of a Joint Economic Commission (JEC);(vi) designation of Provincial Counter-Terrorism Departments as Investigating and Prosecuting Agency under section 2(j) of AML Act, 2010 ;(vii) extension in deputation period of Dr Ikram Ali, Chairman Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary, Education (FBISE), Islamabad;(viii) presentation on revamping of existing education system ;(ix) extradition of accused Nouman Hanif s/o Hanif Jan Muhammad to Dubai;(x) allocation of space for Kartarpur corridor for construction of ” Pakistan Culture Centre”;(xi) salary package for members of the Information Commission;(xii) appointment of Chairman, Federal Land Commission;(xiii) nomination of three additional members in Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) from Nankana sahib(Punjab), Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan and ;( xiv) posting of deputy director general (finance) ( BS 20) on deputation basis in Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).
(This news/article originally appeared in Business Recorder on April 15th, 2019)