ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has assigned targets to various ministries to improve governance and prioritize projects, especially rationalizing the power sector and subsidies, encouraging wealth creation, and enhancing exports.
He was speaking at the signing ceremony of agreements between the Prime Minister and federal ministries to evaluate performance of various departments and sectors in achieving targets. He said prioritized projects will vigorously be followed and evaluated to ensure performance. He said now it is time to perform and every ministry has to achieve its targets.
Imran Khan said power sector is the biggest challenge to provide affordable electricity to consumers. He said the government is providing subsidies of billions of rupees, but it is being used both by the poor and the rich. He said there is a need to rationalize provision of subsidies to the targeted populace and deserving people as well as for the development of backward areas.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to enhance exports and control inflation in the country. He said growing bill of pensions is also one of the biggest challenges the country is facing. He directed to formulate a comprehensive plan to meet this challenge.
Imran Khan said concentration will be further made on the agriculture sector to increase productivity and job opportunities for the youth. He said the government is seeking China's cooperation in the agriculture sector under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Talking about problems emerged after transfer of powers and shifting of various subjects to provinces under 18th Amendment, Imran Khan said we need to review the system for better performance.
He questioned what the federal government can do if a province does not release wheat well in time, creating difference in prices of the commodity. He said in such a situation blame is shifted to the center.
Similarly, the ministry of environment has been devolved to provinces and the center cannot formulate a uniform policy. He said this subject should also be kept with the federal government. He said we will have to work on all these distortions.