ECC extends relief package, approves infrastructure projects, supplementary grants

APP70-130622 ISLAMABAD: June 13 – Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Miftah Ismail presided over the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet at Finance Division. APP

ISLAMABAD, Jun 13 (APP):The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet here on Monday approved extension in the Prime Minister’s Relief Package besides approving infrastructure projects and many supplementary grants for various ministries and divisions.

The meeting of ECC was chaired by Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Miftah Ismail. It was attended by Minister of State for Finance and Revenue, Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Minister of State for Petroleum Division, Musadik Masood Malik, Federal Secretaries, Chairman FBR, Chairman OGRA and senior officers, according to press statement issued by the finance ministry.

The cabinet committee approved extension in the Prime Minister’s Relief
Package-2020 up to June 30, 2022 on all five essential items and allowed that
Ghee would be sold on all Utility Stores Corporation (USC) outlets throughout
the country @ Rs. 300/kg from June 9, 2022 irrespective of the higher market
prices.

The ECC further approved allocation of funds Rs. 3,447.60 million in favor of USC
through Supplementary Grant.

The ECC after considering incoming Haj 2022 and financial constraints of Pakistan
International Airline Corporation Limited (PIACL) approved payment of GST @ 17
% i.e Rs. 1.596 billion approximately on total rental value of Rs. 9.388
billion of four (04) A320 leased aircrafts on monthly installments over the
lease term starting from the date of arrival of aircrafts, including 1 already
arrived.

The summary for payment of Sales Tax for leased aircrafts on installments basis was
presented before ECC by Ministry of Aviation which argued that due to financial
constraints, PIACL was not in a position to pay GST on the total rental value
in lump sum.

Ministry of Communications presented a summary on requirement of additional funds for construction of Gilgit-Shandoor road, N-140. Rs. 2000 million were allocated in
the Federal Budget 2021-22, whereas actual requirement of funds to acquire land
and make payments of certified liabilities is Rs. 6,000 million.

The ECC accorded approval of Rs. 4,000 million as additional funds for the project
“Construction of Gilgit- Shandoor Road, N-140.”

Petroleum Division submitted a summary for enhancement of Oil and Gas production from TAL blocks vis-a-vis provisional allocation of gas price. Keeping in view the
shortage of gas in the country, the ECC conditionally allowed M/s MOL to
commence production from Tal block namely Mamikhel South. TAL JV was given the
2012 Policy Price on provisional basis till further decision of the Government.

Ministry of Energy, Power Division submitted a summary on tariff rationalization for
power sector. The ECC after detailed discussion approved the annual rebasing
plan with certain modifications. The ECC also directed Power Division to
recommend subsidy reform adjustment for unprotected consumers which was
approved in December 2021 but not implemented.

The ECC also considered and approved revised Ex-officio Steering Committee of the
Targeted Commodity Subsidy Program (TCSP) to oversee the implementation of
Commodity Subsidy Program with Minister of Poverty Alleviation and social
Safety as chairperson.

The ECC also approved Supplementary and Technical Supplementary Grants including Rs. 25.61 billion for Petroleum Division for the disbursement of Price Differential Claims (PDCs) to OMCs/Refineries for the first fortnight of June, 2022 and additional requirements of previous fortnight.

The committee approved Rs. 36 billion in favor of Petroleum Division to maintain
the sustainability of the LNG supply chain as well as import of petroleum
products.

The allocated amount shall be released to SNGL against its pending
claims in respect of cost of RLNG diversion to domestic sector for setting off
the payable of PSO and PPL against RLNG supply.

Rs. 50 billion were approved for Power Division as advance against future subsidy
claims of Power Sector; Rs. 130 billion for ways and means advances availed by
provincial governments; Rs. 162 million in favor of Department of Auditor
General of Pakistan; Rs. 3.5 billion to Govt. of Sindh to offset losses of abolition
of Octri and Zila Tax and Rs. 1,520 million to FBR for the project titled “Development of Integrated Transit Trade Management System (ITTMS).

Likewise, ECC approved Rs. 1.5 billion and Rs. 709 million in favor of Ministry of
Interior; Rs. 535.8 million in favor of Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting; Rs. 300 million in favor of Ministry of Information Technology
and Telecommunication; Rs. 7.4 million for Ministry of Law and Justice; Rs. 1.5 billion for National Poverty Graduation Program (NPGP); Rs. 668.7 million for Ministry of States and Frontier Regions; Rs. 26 Million to Civil Services Academy, Lahore; and Rs.181.495 Million to pay off the pending liabilities of advertising agencies
against media campaign of Kamyab Pakistan Program (KPP).