Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday (March 19) has given approval several schemes including reimbursement of two and half billion rupees to gas consumers who received inflated bills and 290 billion budget for National Agriculture Emergency Programme for the improvement of agriculture across Pakistan including.
This was stated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain while briefing media about the cabinet decisions. The Minister said the cabinet took into view the issue of inflated gas bills and discussed measures to rectify the situation. He said 3.2 million gas consumers have been affected by exaggerated gas bills. The Minister said the government has decided to spend 290 billion rupees on agriculture, with 18 big schemes to be launched in the next five years.
He said during last 8 years, agricultural spending reduced by 60 percent negatively impacting this crucial sector of economy adding that agricultural imports have reached to 4 billion dollars, which include 2 billion dollars of edible oil bill. He said the cabinet decided to raise awareness among people to reduce the consumption of banaspati oil at households to save precious foreign exchange on import of edible oil.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said in the new agri schemes, focus will be made on increasing per capita production, judicious use of water, and increased access to farming credit adding that Imran Khan livestock and fisheries sector will be given special attention as they have a huge export potential.
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17 June, 2019