Government spokesman Firdous Ashiq Awan said in a meeting on Monday that Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered the authorities to take steps to control basic food prices.
The special assistant to the PM on information (SAPM), who is responsible for the news, said that the prime minister called on the chief ministers of the four states for a meeting on Friday to develop a strategy to curb inflation, which has grown 11.4% annually.
She said that the members of the cabinet decided to activate state price committees to deal strictly with the factors that cause price volatility.
The prime minister also urged officials to maintain the prices of drugs that are vital to survival. The members of the meeting were told that an overview was created to reduce the prices of 89 life-saving medicines.
“The premier has also directed officials to maintain the prices of life-saving medicines. The participants of the meeting were told that a summary was being moved to reduce the prices of 89 medicines,” she said.
The decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) were accepted by the federal cabinet in the meeting.
Further, cabinet members were informed in the meeting that the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) of the government has retrieved 1,262 acres of land over the past year.
“The cabinet also approved the appointment of board members under the Health Care Act as well as the Real Estate Regulatory Authority Ordinance,” Awan said.
The members of the meeting approved the Islamabad Master Plan and the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) Restructuring Plan.
The members of the cabinet primarily approved the separation of decision-making and regulatory powers of CDA, making CDA a modern autonomous organization.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the cabinet also accepted the policy of Langar Khanas. According to this policy, the program will be managed through a public-private partnership to expand its scope.
The matters of six other ordinances were also suspended by the cabinet in the meeting.