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Federal cabinet approves creation of new division, Social Protection & Poverty Alleviation

HEADLINE ISLAMABAD

ISLAMABAD – The Federal Cabinet, which met in Islamabad today with Prime Minister in the chair, formally approved creation of a new division in the name of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division.

Briefing news persons about Cabinet decisions, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the new division will be headed by Dr. Sania Nishtar and it will coordinate functions of different organizations under the newly launched Ehsas Programme.

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He said the new poverty alleviation programme envisages provision of health cards and affordable housing facilities for the low income people.

The Information Minister categorically said that the government is not going to change the name of Benazir Income Support Programme.

He said financial aid is provided to poor people through BISP, Zakaat, and Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal, whereas under the new social welfare programme, new initiatives will be taken.

The Information Minister said the Cabinet also approved a budget of 57.3 billion rupees for Khassadar and other forces working in erstwhile FATA.

He said the Cabinet gave approval to the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Council. 

Fawad Chaudhry said the Prime Minister directed to prepare a complete roadmap on wheat, cotton, and rice and prepare a procurement policy to benefit the agriculture sector. He said the Cabinet also decided export of one million tons of wheat.

He said the Prime Minister Imran Khan advised to evolve a comprehensive policy to set prices of vehicles. He said it is PTI government’s efforts due to which sugarcane growers got prices of their crop in time for the first time. 

Fawad Chaudhry said the cabinet nodded to ban broadcasting of India’s IPL matches in Pakistan. He said India has left no opportunity to harm Pakistan’s cricket.

He said sports, culture, and other showbiz activities should not be politicized, but India adopted an aggressive posture against our players and artists.

He said Indian broadcaster pulled out from broadcasting PSL matches to harm Pakistan’s cricket. He said now the PEMRA would ensure that IPL matches should not be aired in Pakistan.