Federal Cabinet to Recoup Lavish Expenditure Made by Ex-Rulers
- Federal cabinet recouped the money spent by the past rulers for their personal gains.
- Billions were spent during the tenures of ex-rulers whereas now, the spending on ministry dropped to zero.
- PM advised forming a high-level committee for a comprehensive review of the international court’s verdict against the RekoDiq case.
The federal cabinet decided to recoup the money spent by the past rulers for their personal gains and take the offenders to task.
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the cabinet meeting. While addressing a news conference, Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed, gave details of the expenses made by the past leaders.
Lavish Expenditure Made by Previous Rulers:
He said thatRs245 million were spent on the security of former prime minister YousufRazaGillani’s five camp offices.
He told us that Asif Ali Zardari spent a huge amount of Rs3.164 billion on his personal security and entertainment. Moreover, 650 law enforcement personnel were deployed for his security at the time when he was not even the president.
In 2015, Zardari had had 246 cars on the pretext of security, whereas in 2016 he had fled the country, in 2017 he had 164 cars, and in 2018 he had 158 cars.
The federal minister noted that former premier Nawaz Sharif incurred an expenditure of $460,000 on his official tour to the United States in 2015.
In 2016, Nawazundertook a medical treatment in London, while spending £327,000 from the public exchequer. Not only this, a special flight was used for his arrival and departure.
Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has made the JatiUmraa camp office. Rs60.6 million was spent on the installation of security cameras at JatiUmra.
Similarly, Rs8.7269 billion was spent on the security of Shahbaz Sharif and Rs1.3 billion alone on the procurement of a new helicopter.
The Minister said that separate security arrangements were in place for the wives and sons-in-law of the Sharif family. About 2,717 police officers were engaged in the security of the Sharif family.
On the contrary, after UsmanBuzdar took charge of the office, the security expenditure of the Punjab chief minister reduced by 86% and travel expenses by 60%. Saeed also briefed the cabinet about how the top ministers of the government used public funds.
PM asked for report pertaining to increase in edible items:
While taking notice of the abrupt increase in the price of flour and roti, Prime Minister Imran Khan advised provincial chief secretaries to submit a detailed report pertaining to roti, wheat, and other grains.
The premier has also advised the authorities to cut the regulatory duty imposed on edible oil from 7% to 2%. He has also formed a high-level committee for a comprehensive review of the international court’s verdict against the RekoDiq case.
The committee will comprise:
- Federal Minister for Law FaroghNaseem
- Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar
- Adviser for Institutional Reforms Dr. IshratHussain
- Special Assistant for Accountability Shahzad Akbar
- Special Assistant for Mineral Resources Shahzad Syed Qasim
- Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan
The committee would discover the reasons and people responsible for awarding a penalty and determine the future course of action in the form of recommendations for the Senate.
The federal cabinet also gave an extensive briefing concerning the controversial report published in a British daily.
Saeed maintained that children in Thar are dying because of malnutrition and lack of drinking water in Sindh.
“Each year in Thar, there are more than 500 children who are dying due to hunger and poverty. The health conditions are such that one is hard-pressed to find an ambulance to carry the injured to a hospital when a blast occurs,” he said.
“The availability of clean drinking water is the main issue in Sindh and Punjab. The records from the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) show that Sindh is the most poverty-stricken province followed by South Punjab,” he added.
Plantation of Trees:
Malik Amin Aslam, Adviser for Climate Change said that over 140 million trees will be planted in 400 events planned for a go-green drive during the monsoon period.
Ban on the use of plastic shopping bags:
The federal cabinet has approved the ban on the use of plastic shopping bags. The restriction would come into force on August 14. In the first phase, the ban will be imposed on the extent of Islamabad and as an alternative for plastic bags, the govt will distribute 100,000 environmentally-safe bags to the people.