PM bans over­seas med­i­cal treat­ment of min­is­ters, other top govt of­fi­cials

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Fi­nance Min­is­ter Asad Umar is also en­gaged with IMF to seek fur­ther fi­nan­cial pack­age to over­come fi­nan­cial crunch of govt; Ap­proves 21-point agenda, re­views im­ple­men­ta­tion of de­ci­sions

IS­LAM­ABAD: In con­tin­u­a­tion of the gov­ern­ment's on­go­ing aus­ter­ity drive, Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has or­dered ban on over­seas med­i­cal treat­ment of min­is­ters and other top of­fi­cials.

Fed­eral min­is­ters, state min­is­ters, cab­i­net mem­bers and all ad­vis­ers and as­sis­tants can no longer go abroad for med­i­cal treat­ment on the gov­ern­ment's ex­pense, or­dered PM Khan dur­ing the Fed­eral Cab­i­net meet­ing to­day. 'The ban has come into place with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.'

The Cab­i­net Di­vi­sion has also is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion in this re­gard. The no­ti­fi­ca­tion says the or­der also ap­plies on fed­eral sec­re­taries and divi­sional in­charge(s) of dif­fer­ent min­istries.

In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter, Fawad Chaudhry, on Au­gust 24 had an­nounced sev­eral aus­ter­ity mea­sures taken by the gov­ern­ment in­clud­ing auc­tion of sur­plus gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles, ex­ten­sion in work­ing hours at gov­ern­ment of­fices, and re­vamp­ing of sev­eral in­sti­tu­tions.

The min­is­ter had an­nounced that the cab­i­net de­cided to ban the use of dis­cre­tionary funds of the pres­i­dent, pre­mier and MNAs.

He said that the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had used Rs51 bil­lion in dis­cre­tionary funds in the last year alone, of which Rs21bn were used by for­mer PM Nawaz Sharif, while Rs30bn were given to MNAs for dif­fer­ent spend­ings.

The min­is­ter had also said the gov­ern­ment de­cided to hold thor­ough de­bate about any in­fras­truc­tural project in the par­lia­ment be­fore re­leas­ing its funds.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Fawad Chaudhry says Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan took the Fed­eral Cab­i­net into con­fi­dence at a meet­ing in Is­lam­abad on Thurs­day about his very suc­cess­ful visit to China.

Brief­ing the me­dia out­side the Par­lia­ment, he said the cab­i­net noted that with this visit Pak­istan would be in a po­si­tion to han­dle the is­sue of bal­ance of pay­ments ef­fec­tively.

He said tech­ni­cal mat­ters would soon be chalked out to fi­nal­ize the modal­i­ties of Chi­nese as­sis­tance for Pak­istan.

The min­is­ter said Fi­nance Min­is­ter Asad Umar is also

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