Federal Cabinet Meeting Approves Hajj Policy 2017

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The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The federal cabinet at its meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday approved Hajj Policy 2017 and lifting of moratorium on new gas connections.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to fully facilitate Hajj pilgrims.

Nawaz Sharif also asked the ministry to review the Hajj expenditures and present them before the next cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister said the government is committed to provision of housing facility to the poor.

He said urbanization is continuing at a rapid pace due to developmental activities in the country.

Nawaz Sharif said it is need of the hour to cater to the growing housing demand across the country.

The meeting also approved recommendation of Cabinet Committee on Energy regarding lifting of moratorium on gas connections.

It also approved execution of gas development schemes during the tenure of the present Government.

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal gave presentation to the meeting on housing sector.

He presented various housing models for low and middle income segments on the occasion.

The meeting constituted a sub-committee headed by Minister for Housing to work out detailed plan on housing within ten days and present it in next Cabinet meeting.

Briefing newsmen after the cabinet meeting, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and Minister of State for CADD Tariq Fazl Chaudhary said the cabinet also approved a policy about daily wagers and contractual employees.

They said under the policy, the contractual employees working in grade one to fifteen will be given relaxation in age during the regular hiring process. Similarly, they will be given extra marks based on the years they have served in the government departments during interviews.

They said that those working against grade sixteen and seventeen will only be inducted through Federal Public Service Commission.

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