Cabinet recommends revision of Pak-Korean EPS

Staff Report
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
ISLAMABAD: Prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Tuesday, chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet, wherein permission was accorded, in principle, to sign the revised memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the overseas Pakistanis and human resource development ministry and Korean employment and labour ministry on sending and receiving of workers under the employment permit system (EPS).

According to detail, the meeting approved amendment in the schedule of federal investigation agency (FIA) act, 1974. The amendment aims at bringing the offences of blasphemy and pornography in the ambit of prevention of electronic crime act, 2016.

Observing that the directives issued to Pakistan electronic media regularity authority (PEMRA) to off-air and later on-air transmission of private television (TV) channels on 25th and 26th November, as policy directives of the federal government, the meeting accorded ex-post facto approval to the two directives.

The cabinet granted ex-post facto approval to the appointment of Muhammad Arshad Khan Jadoon as implementation tribunal for newspaper employees (ITNE) chairman and approved granting of MP-1 scale for him. The appointment has been made for two years.

The cabinet approved appointment of Qurban Ali Khan as Peshawar customs appellate tribunal (CAT) member technical, Saud Imran Ahmed in CAT Bench-I Lahore and Zulfiqar Ahmed Malik in CAT Bench-I Karachi.

Resignation of Mr. Ali Suleman Habib, as director from Pakistan international airlines corporation limited (PIACL) board, was approved.

The cabinet approved appointment of Rear Admiral Zaka-ur-Rehman, SI(M) as Pakistan maritime security agency (PMSA) director general.

Amendment in the guidelines of PM’s global sustainable development goals (SDGs) achievement programme was approved. The meeting also granted ex-post facto approval to the formation of national implementation committee on federally administered tribal areas (FATA) reforms. Defence minister and 11 corps commander has been included in the high level implementation committee. The cabinet approved medical devices rules, 2017 in lieu of rules, 2015.

Hajj policy and plan, 2018 was presented before the cabinet. While deciding not to increase Hajj dues this year under the government Hajj scheme, the cabinet approved the policy, in principal, with certain amendments.

Religious affairs minister will hold press briefing to highlight salient features of the Hajj policy 2018.

The cabinet approved amendments in sales tax special procedure rules 2007 to provide for (i) allowing exploration and production companies serving as operators in a petroleum concession area to transfer proportionate input tax to other working interest owners and (ii) exclusion from extra tax chargeable under rule-58T of sales tax special procedure rules 2007 on supply of lubricants to and by lubricating oil marketing companies registered with oil and gas regulatory authority (OGRA) to registered manufacturers for in-house consumption.