CCI agrees to resched­ule census due to op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Reporter

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Mon­day chaired the 28th Meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Com­mon In­ter­ests (CCI) here with nine­point agenda in­clud­ing the con­duct of census and for­mu­la­tion of na­tional flood pro­tec­tion plan. The meet­ing held here at the PM Of­fice also re­viewed the sta­tus of Im­por­tant de­ci­sions of the CCI meet­ing held on March 18th, 2015. The meet­ing de­lib­er­ated on the ways to con­duct na­tional census.

The An­nual Re­ports of the Coun­cil of Com­mon In­ter­est (CCI) for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 were ap­proved. Min­is­ter for Pe­tro­leum and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi briefed the par­tic­i­pants on the im­port of Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas (LNG). The meet­ing dis­cussed NEPRA's An­nual Re­port 2013-14 and State of In­dus­try Re­port 2014, while the for­mu­la­tion of Na­tional Flood Pro­tec­tion Plan-IV (2015-25) also came un­der dis­cus­sion.

The mat­ters re­lated to pump­ing of drainage ef­flu­ent, ra­tio­nal­iza­tion of dis­tri­bu­tion of wa­ter from Hub Dam and early com­ple­tion of RBODIII were dis­cussed. The meet­ing also ex­changed views on the Liq­ue­fied Pe­tro­leum Gas Pro­duc­tion and Dis­tri­bu­tion Pol­icy, 2015, and also the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (amend­ment) bill 2016. The Coun­cil of Com­mon In­ter­ests (CCI) on Mon­day agreed to resched­ule the census by con­sen­sus due to com­mit­ments of se­cu­rity forces and the on­go­ing op­er­a­tions.

A state­ment from the PM House said the new date would be given af­ter con­sul­ta­tions of the stake­hold­ers. The next CCI meet­ing on March 25 would dis­cuss one item agenda of na­tional flood pro­tec­tion plan. A com­mit­tee com­pris­ing min­is­ters of Wa­ter and Power, Cli­mate Change and four chief min­is­ters will present a com­pre­hen­sive plan in this re­gard. The CCI ap­proved an in­quiry com­mis­sion to fix re­spon­si­bil­ity on al­leged il­le­gal­i­ties in the Kachi Canal pro­ject. The com­mis­sion will be headed by a re­tired judge of Supreme or High Court and sec­re­taries Wa­ter Power, Plan­ning and Fi­nance will be the mem­bers. The CCI also ap­proved Draft of Se­cu­rity and Ex­change Com­mis­sion Bill.

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