ECC recommend allocation of Rs. 6,000mln for Communication Ministry

ISLAMABAD, Nov 22 (APP):The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Monday recommended the special allocation of funds Rs. 6,000 million for the Ministry of Communication.

The ECC recommended the summary tabled by Ministry of Communication for special allocation of funds Rs. 6,000 million to initiate the process for improvement and rehabilitation program of Balkassar-Mianwali (N-130) and Mianwali-Muzaffargarh (N-135) roads, said a press release issued here.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Omar Ayub Khan, presided over the meeting of Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, Shaukat Tarin, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, Federal Minister for Energy, Hammad Azhar, and Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro, relevant Federal Secretaries and other senior officers attended the ECC meeting.

The ECC deliberated in detail and recommended the summary presented by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination for grant of Custom duty and taxes exemption on the donations of Personal and Protective Equipment (PPE) testing laboratory equipment by USAID funded programme- Promoting Quality of Medicine Plus (PQM+).

On two summaries tabled by Ministry of National Food Security and Research related to Award of Seventh International Wheat Tender 2021-22 opened on October 25th, 2021 and Award of Eighth International Wheat Tender 2021-22 opened on November 4th, 2021, the ECC after due deliberation recommended the proposal regarding scrapping of the 7th tender offered by the TCP and floating of fresh tender.

The Committee also recommended the proposal for cancellation of 8th international tender for import of Wheat on the basis of higher prices.

The Committee further directed the Ministry of National Food Security & Research to re-assess the need and requirement of neighboring country Afghanistan for Wheat.

The Committee also deliberated in detail and recommended funds for payment of salaries to the employees of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC) and mark up to Bank of Khyber with directions to finalize the privatization of HEC by Mid- January 2022.

The ECC recommended the summary presented by Ministry of Commerce for elimination/reduction of tariffs on various items currently being imported from Afghanistan as goodwill gesture.

The Committee also discussed the summary tabled by Ministry of Energy for revision of OMCs and dealers margins on petroleum products- Motor Spirit (MS) and High Speed Diesel (HSD) with effect from forthcoming revision in oil prices. The Sub Committee desired that the summary may be tabled in the next meeting after soliciting comments and views from all the members of the committee.