Govt not to en­hance elec­tric­ity, gas tar­iff

In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter de­nies de­priv­ing salaried class of tax re­lief

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Chaudhry Fawad Hus­sain says the gov­ern­ment has no plan to change tax rate for salaried class and in­crease prices of gas and elec­tric­ity.

He was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion dur­ing news brief­ing on de­ci­sions made in fed­eral cab­i­net meet­ing, held in Is­lam­abad on Thurs­day with Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan in the chair.

The Min­is­ter said all the me­dia reports about re­vis­ing tax rate for salaried class and in­crease in gas and elec­tric­ity prices are base­less.

He said the cab­i­net de­cided to abol­ish the Min­istry for Cap­i­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Devel­op­ment Divi­sion. He said Cap­i­tal Devel­op­ment Author­ity will work un­der the Min­istry of In­te­rior.

The Min­is­ter said the drive against en­croach­ments in Is­lam­abad will con­tinue. He said the gov­ern­ment has so far re­cov­ered state land worth 7.5 bil­lion ru­pees from il­le­gal oc­cu­pants.

Chaudhry Fawad Hus­sain said the fed­eral cab­i­net de­cided to im­port one hun­dred thousand tons of urea and en­sure pro­vi­sion of gas to lo­cal fer­til­izer plants to meet urea re­quire­ment for the up­com­ing Rabi crop.

The Min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment will spend about four bil­lion ru­pees for im­port­ing urea.

He said the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment did not sup­ply gas to the fer­til­izer plants and also al­lowed ex­port of urea, which cre­ated short­age of urea for the next crop.

He said it is the phi­los­o­phy of the PTI gov­ern­ment not to add bur­den on salaried class and farm­ers.

Giv­ing de­tail of ex­penses and in­come of the on­go­ing Metro Bus projects, Chaudhry Fawad Hus­sain said the gov­ern­ment had to pay a to­tal of eight bil­lion ru­pees sub­sidy an­nu­ally on the Metro Bus ser­vices be­ing run in La­hore, Rawalpindi and Mul­tan.

He said 4.2 bil­lion ru­pees sub­sidy is be­ing pro­vided on La­hore Metro Bus and two bil­lion ru­pees each on Rawalpindi and Mul­tan Metro Bus ser­vices.

He said Pun­jab gov­ern­ment will de­cide whether to con­tinue this heavy sub­sidy on Metro trains or not.

The Min­is­ter said on com­ple­tion, 3.5 bil­lion ru­pees sub­sidy will have to be pro­vided on Or­ange Line Metro Train La­hore.

He, how­ever, said Peshawar Metro Bus pro­ject will be com­pleted at a cost of 67 bil­lion ru­pees, and the gov­ern­ment will not have to pro­vide any sub­sidy on it.

He said the buses have been pur­chased in­stead of hired on rent.

IS­LAM­ABAD: Chaud­hary Fawad Hus­sain, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for in­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing brief­ing the me­dia per­sons about the de­ci­sion taken in the Fed­eral Cab­i­net meet­ing

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