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The federal cabinet on Tuesday rejected the summary from the Department of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination proposing an increase in the retail price of 10 drugs, APPLICATION reported.

Chairing the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he was against the idea of ​​higher drug prices.

The Prime Minister instructed Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Food Security Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema, Maritime Affairs Minister Faisal Sabzwari, Commerce Minister Syed Naveed Qamar and Kashmir and Gilgit Affairs Advisor Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira to work on improving coordination between provinces regarding the award. of wheat and distribution of urea.

With several agenda items on the table, the cabinet discussed issues such as the Hajj overbooking investigation, mutual legal assistance with other countries, energy performance standards, legislative affairs and approving decisions of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC).

On the investigation report regarding the overbooking of Hajj pilgrims, the cabinet pointed to problems with reconciliation but ruled out any accusation of malicious intent.

The commission of inquiry was made up of representatives from the ministries of finance and religious affairs, and the State Bank of Pakistan reported that the banks, after the overbooking, had compensated the pilgrims.

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The Prime Minister ordered the Ministry of Finance and the SBP to question the banks about such negligence. He also issued a directive to SBP to keep the status of their branches in flood-affected areas open during holidays and weekly holidays.

The cabinet approved the summary of the Ministry of Interior to accept mutual legal assistance requests from countries that do not have a written legal cooperation agreement with Pakistan.

On the recommendation of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the cabinet approved the extension of the minimum energy performance standards for electric fans until June 30, 2023. The prime minister emphasized improving the quality products before the deadline.

The Federal Cabinet approved the Sept. 2 decisions of the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Affairs, including amendments to Rule 13 of the Bio-Study Rules 2017, amendments to Section 15 of the Emigration Ordinance of 1979 and the Gas (Flight Control and Recovery) Amendment Act 2016.

He also approved changes to the Rules of Service for the position of Secretary, Evacuee Trust Property Board.

In addition, the inclusion of solar equipment, electric motors and power transformers has been made mandatory in the list of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority.

The Federal Cabinet has approved the decisions of the ECC, including funds amounting to Rs 540 million to Utility Stores Corporation for the provision of essential commodities to flood affected areas.

Other ECC decisions include the allocation of PASCO’s local and imported wheat stock among recipient agencies, the transfer of an amount to the Afghan government for the operation, maintenance and salaries of three Pakistani hospitals, and the allocation of funds of Rs 3 billion to the National Disaster Management Authority to provide relief. people affected by the floods.