428 of 492 cabinet decisions 'implemented' in 2 years -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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428 of 492 cabinet decisions ‘implemented’ in 2 years

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday claimed that 428 of the cabinet’s 492 decisions taken in the last two years had been implemented, while 64 others were in various stages of implementation.

Speaking at a press conference after the 52nd meeting of the cabinet, which reviewed implementation status of its decisions, State Minister for Information Sumsam Bukhari told the media that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had decided that items of five ministries would be taken up in each cabinet meeting for review and decisions on them would be made in subsequent meetings.

He said the PM had asked all ministries to provide their input to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to project their performance during last two years, adding that the ministries concerned should also highlight their performance at their own level.

Highlighting priority areas of the government, the prime minister told the cabinet that the energy sector was the top agenda item in the Pak-US strategic dialogue.

Bukhari said that the prime minister appreciated the efforts of the Parliamentary Committee for Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) for its hard work and devotion in finalising the proposed amendments. Gilani said the constitutional reforms once passed by parliament would be an historic achievement of all political parties.

Bukhari added the prime minister emphasised upon cabinet members as well as parliamentarians of the coalition to regularly attend current sessions of parliament.

Policies: The prime minister added that national policies on security, Kashmir and nuclear capability needed to be finalised with unanimity, as the nation was united on all of these policies.

This would send a message of complete unity on issues of national interest, he added.

Susam said the cabinet observed that most of the pending decisions were related to cooperation with other countries. Some of the items awaited inter-ministerial discussions and some were under submission to the cabinet committees, he added.

The minister of state said the cabinet accorded approval in principle to initiate negotiations for joining the Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement signed by New Zealand, Chile, Singapore and Brunei Dar-e-Salam for liberalisation of trade in goods and trade facilitation measures.

Discussing the project for procurement/installation of non-intrusive vehicle x-ray inspection system proposed by the Ministry of Interior, the cabinet set up a ministerial committee under the minister for health to review the project and submit its recommendations to the cabinet, the minister told the media.

The cabinet also approved the draft memorandum of understanding between Pakistan and Iraq for defence training cooperation between the two countries, Bukhari added.

He said the cabinet also approved loan agreement with the Japanese government for national transmission lines and grid station strengthening project.
Source: Daily Times
Date:3/25/2010