ECC directs USC to ensure essential items availability during Ramazan

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Wednesday directed Utility Stores Corporation (USC) to ensure availability of essential items during the holy month of Ramazan.

The ECC meeting was held with Finance Minister Asad Umar in the chair.

The Committee reviewed proposals of various ministries/divisions.

The committee also considered and approved various demands of division ministries for supplementary and technical supplementary grants.

Industries and Production Division gave a presentation to update the Committee about status of Ramazan Package.

The committee directed the USC to expedite the procurement of essential consumer items so as to provide timely relief to the people in Holy Month of Ramazan.

The ECC constituted a four-member Committee to be headed by Railways Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, to oversee the implementation of Ramazan Package.

The Ministry of Petroleum briefed the ECC on the implementation of the Committee’s decision regarding utilization of services of Pakistan Railways for transportation of petroleum products across the country.

The ministry of Railways informed the committee that it had the capacity to carry higher volumes and would work with the Ministry of Petroleum to explore further possibilities.

The ECC approved, in principle, the proposal of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for media campaign aiming to disseminate information relating to initiatives on Poverty Alleviation, Sehat Insaaf Scheme, PM’s Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme etc.

The committee also directed the Ministry of Finance and National Bank of Pakistan to extend maximum facilitation to the USC in this regard.

The finance minister said that the budgetary needs of many organizations had not been properly assessed at the time of preparation of budget estimate last year which was leading to a large number of demands for supplementary grants.

He emphasized the need for proper budgeting of the financial needs of various departments, which would obviate the need for supplementary grants during the currency of the fiscal year.

He stated that the government is determined to phase out the supplementary grants in the future budgets.

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