Govt incurs a loss of Rs.180b due to sale of smuggled oil

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – January 13, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet was informed, on Tuesday, to curb smuggling at least 192 petrol pumps countrywide were sealed — those involved in the sale of smuggled oil will be prosecuted.

According to a press release, prime minister (PM) Imran Khan chaired the session of federal cabinet in the federal capital.

The cabinet was apprised of steps taken to curb oil smuggling, the government bears a loss of Rs.180 billion due to the sale of illegal and smuggled oil.

The adviser to PM on institutional reforms and austerity (A-PM-IR-A) Ishrat Hussain informed the cabinet, more than 100 federal government agencies were closed or merged with other agencies to reduce the financial burden on the government and improve efficiency.

The cabinet was informed, the process of digitisation is underway in Accountant General Pakistan Revenues (AGPR) which will help in eradicating financial corruption.

The cabinet approved in principle legal amendments to make the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) more empowered, autonomous and transparent.

These amendments will enable innovation in audit procedures, use of digital technology and expertise.

The cabinet approved the terms of appointment of the director general (DG) under the Legal Aid and Justice Authority Act, 2020.

This authority will provide financial and legal assistance to the deserving and weaker sections to get justice.

The cabinet approved the status of federal investigation agency (FIA) commercial bank circle Lahore as a police station under the FIA ​​Act, 1974.

After this approval, the jurisdiction of aforementioned FIA police station will be extended to Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib and Okara.

In which legal action against banking crimes will be possible.

The cabinet approved the election of members of the national medical council (NMC) and the appointment of an administrator.

The special assistant to PM on national health services, regulations and coordination (SAPM-NHS-R-C) Faisal Sultan informed the cabinet, a law is underway countrywide to end the reuse of syringes.

The cabinet approved the transfer of ex-officio government directors on the boards of directors of public sector companies managed by the petroleum division.

The cabinet decided to refer the matter of construction in Nowshera to a committee comprising the law minister, education minister, defence minister and railway minister.

The cabinet approved the formation of the board of governors (BoGs) of the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST).

The cabinet expressed deep concern over missing persons and directed enacting of a legislation to address the issue.

The cabinet approved the reorganisation of the board of directors (BoDs) of the utility stores corporation (USC).

The cabinet authorised the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Ma’arif Foundation Turkey and the education ministry for the promotion of education.

The cabinet approved the deployment of Pakistan Rangers (PR) to maintain law and order in the by-election constituencies in Sindh province.

The cabinet endorsed the decisions taken in the meetings of the committee on institutional reforms dated December 17, 2020, and December 23, 2020.

The cabinet ratified the decisions taken at the meeting of the committee on privatisation held on January 4, 2021.

The cabinet ratified the decisions taken at the meeting of the economic coordination committee (ECC) held on January 6, 2021.