Govt committed to hold accountability of those who looted money: Firdous
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Information, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that government is committed to hold accountability of those who looted national wealth.
Addressing a press conference, the special assistant said that government is finalizing terms of reference regarding the inquiry commission announced by PM Imran.
To a question, she said we are going to revamp state institutions like PTV, Radio Pakistan and APP. She said that the government is going to formulate a new advertising media policy after consulting stakeholders.
Commenting on development project, she said that federal government and provinces will jointly share additional burden of electricity bills of over 10,000 rupees to facilitate farmers.
‘Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan’
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for National Food Security Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan announced that government has increased budget allocations for agriculture sector by 1200 percent to revive agriculture and livestock sectors.
Sahibzada Mehboob said that PM Imran assigned 12.5 billion rupees in the budget for the first time, giving priority to agriculture, which was just one billion rupees.
He said that the government is also going to launch 13 projects at a cost of 296 billion rupees to promote agriculture and livestock sectors in the country.
He said that the federal government is going to chip in 93.5 billion rupees as a devolved subject, while provinces are anticipated to contribute 50 billion rupees to support the farming industry.
Sahibzada Mehboob said that water conservation is another feature of these projects, which will focus on water course lining, development of small dams and their command areas, and establishment of check dams and ponds to store water for irrigation purposes.
Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan said he will try to get electricity rates reversed for agriculture sector at 5.35 rupees per unit, which have been enhanced to 6.85 rupees per unit in the budget.
In addition, Khalid Khokhar said that the government should abolish General Sales Tax on agriculture machinery.