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Federal cabinet reviews reforms process in FBR

Federal cabinet reviews reforms process in FBR

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a five-hour long meeting of the federal cabinet met in Islamabad on Tuesday to review the overall political, security, and economic situation of the country.

According to media, the cabinet took several key decisions including the approval of Rs278 billion National Agriculture Emergency Program. The meeting was also briefed on the reforms process in the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR). The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had promised it would declare an agriculture emergency under its first 35 initiatives after coming into power in a bid to boost the profitability of farmers in the country. Approving the Rs278 billion program, the cabinet recommended that steps be taken across Pakistan, including Balochistan province, for the improvement of the agricultural sector.

Among other decisions, the cabinet approved a bill to slash the “Entertainment and Gift budget” of ministers and senior officials, calling for further recommendations on the matter in the next meeting.

The cabinet also approved the formation of a task force on the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a government department that administers evacuee properties, including educational, charitable or religious trusts left behind by Hindus and Sikhs who migrated to India after partition.

The cabinet has sought recommendations from all concerned departments on the matter and called for members of minority groups to be made part of the task force, sources added.