Cabinet approves setting up of therapy, paramedics’ councils

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  • Ministry directed to ensure best hajj arrangements, affordability
  • Pak-Iran Investment Company may get chairperson soon

The federal cabinet on Thursday accorded in-principle approval for the establishment of the Pakistan Physical Therapy Council and the Pakistan Allied Health Professionals and Paramedics Council.

The meeting, held here at the PM Office with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in chair, directed to present the draft legislation before the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Cases (CCLC). The cabinet ratified recommendations of the CCLC held on April 24, 2018 and the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet in its meetings held on April 12, 2018 and April 17, 2018.

The meeting also ratified the decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE) in its meeting held on April 23, 2018 in Karachi. The body approved the appointment of Professor Dr Ghazala Siddiqui as director of the Center of Excellence in Marine Biology, University of Karachi.

The cabinet accorded approval to the appointment/repatriation at the Special Customs, Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Courts in Lahore and Peshawar. During the meeting, Minister for Water Resources was also authorised for issuance of notification regarding a determination of tariffs by NEPRA in case of hydel power plants.

The meeting also approved the nomination/appointment of the director/chairman of the Pakistan-Iran Investment Company (PICL). The Minister for Power also briefed the cabinet about the current demand and supply situation of electricity in the country.

The cabinet directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to ensure the best arrangements for facilitation of Hajj pilgrims, besides making the pilgrimage affordable for the people. The members were briefed about the progress into balloting process and the Hajj Policy 2018.