Monday, September 26, 2022

Summary rejection of increase in medicine prices, approval of immediate refund of excess amount to Hajj


The summary of increasing the retail price of 10 medicines by the Ministry of National Health Services was rejected, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that he does not support the increase in the prices of medicines – Photo: File

A meeting of the federal cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in which the summary of the increase in the prices of medicines was rejected, the cabinet also approved to return the extra money to the pilgrims.

A federal cabinet meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in which the cabinet approved the return of the extra money to the pilgrims and directed the pilgrims to return the money immediately.

The federal cabinet also rejected the summary of increase in the prices of medicines. According to the statement, the meeting discussed the inquiry report on the issue of overbooking of pilgrims on the government quota, the committee also included representatives of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Religious Affairs and State Bank.

The cabinet was briefed that there were reconciliation issues in the case of overbooking, no evidence of any malice was found, compensation amount has been paid to the pilgrims by the banks.

On this, the Prime Minister said that the banks must be asked why they acted carelessly in this matter.

Banks should work even on holidays in flood-affected areas, Prime Minister

According to the announcement of the meeting, the Prime Minister instructed the State Bank to work even on holidays in the flood-affected areas.

Apart from this, the summary of accepting requests for joint legal assistance from the countries which do not have a legal assistance agreement was also approved, the summary was given by the Ministry of Interior.

Summary of retail price increase on 10 medicines rejected

According to the statement, the National Health Services Ministry’s summary of increasing the retail price of 10 medicines was rejected, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that he does not support the increase in the prices of medicines.

Apart from this, the minimum energy performance standards for electric fans have been extended till June 30, 2023. The prime minister said that efforts should be made to bring the minimum energy performance standards to better quality before June 30.

The Federal Cabinet also approved the decisions of the September 2 meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Cases, approved the amendment to Rule 13 of the Bio-Study Rules, 2017, approved the amendment to Section 15 of the Immigration Ordinance 1979 and the Gas Theft and Recovery Act, 2016. The amendment was also approved.

Approval of transfer of funds to Afghan government for 3 Pakistani hospitals in Afghanistan

According to the announcement, distribution of local and imported wheat stocks of Pasco was approved, transfer of money to Afghan government for 3 Pakistani hospitals in Afghanistan was also approved.

Apart from this, funds of 3 billion rupees have been allocated for the National Disaster Management Authority, Miftah Ismail, Tariq Bashircheema, Faisal Sabzwari, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Naveed Qamar have been given the task of determining the price of wheat and coordinating the distribution of urea among the provinces.

According to the announcement, funds of Rs 54 crore were also approved for Utility Stores Corporation in flood affected areas.

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