Hamza abolishes petrol allowance of cabinet members


Seeks details of petroleum expenditures of all departments

Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shahbaz has decided to abolish petrol allowance of cabinet members and has also sought details of petroleum expenditures of all provincial departments in a high level meeting.

It was decided that the Chief Minister and members of the provincial cabinet would not take government petrol and would pay the petrol expenses themselves while carrying out their official duties. The high-level meeting took important decisions regarding government-level savings, fertilizer supply and other essential commodity prices.

The meeting also decided on the proposal not to allow the federal government to export sugar. Hamza Shahbaz said that all possible steps would be taken to provide economic relief to the people. It was decided during the meeting to intensify the crackdown against those who stockpiled fertilizers and other essential commodities.

Provincial Ministers Kh. Salman Rafique, Sardar Awais Leghari, Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, Atta Ullah Tarar, MPA Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, Zeeshan Rafique, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to CM, concerned secretaries and officials attended the meeting. Earlier, CM summoned district administration and WASA officials on the public complaints of water scarcity and also pointed out flaws in the action plan during the meeting.CM expressed his indignation over the ignorance of MD WASA regarding operational tube wells.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Government spokesperson, Attaullah Tarar, said that Punjab government has decided to strictly monitor border of the province to curb smuggling of wheat. He added that Punjab has achieved procurement target of 5 million tons of wheat and vowed that other federating units which are facing shortage of wheat will be helped. The PML-N leader also said that provincial government will announce different subsidies and a massive relief package for the people in upcoming budget.

Criticizing previous government, Tarar said that Imran Khan bankrupted the country while public’s money was spent lavishly on residence of former CM Punjab Usman Buzdar.

He added that Imran Khan is hiding in Peshawar and he is so scared of an arrest that he rushed to provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa right after abruptly ending his long march.