The Federal Cabinet has approved the extension of the exchange of old Pakistani currency notes.
In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Federal Cabinet has approved an extension in the period of exchange of old Pakistani currency notes 10, 50, 100, and 1000 till December 31, 2022.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, briefed the meeting on the precautionary measures against the new type of Corona, Omi Crown, while the Cabinet stressed the need to increase the vaccination, maintain social distance and wear masks.
According to the report, there are 20 million people in Pakistan who have not yet received the second dose of Coronavirus while the Cabinet has directed the citizens to get the second dose as soon as possible.
The meeting was briefed on the introduction of the electronic voting machines and voting rights of overseas Pakistanis while the Cabinet welcomed the ECP’s decision to use the electronic voting machine in local body elections in Islamabad.
During the meeting, the Cabinet was given a detailed briefing on the schedule regarding staff training including delivery and use of electronic voting machines at all polling stations of the country.
The Cabinet vowed to hold the next elections through electronic voting machines after the enactment of laws relating to electronic voting machines and the voting rights of overseas Pakistanis.
The Finance Adviser presented a comparative review of the prices of essential commodities to the Federal Cabinet in which the weekly inflation rate has come down by 0.07%. Prices of sugar, flour, and household items declined, with prices of 9 items declining and 23 items remaining stable.
The Cabinet was informed that the prices of all essential commodities in the region, except ghee and tea leaves, are lower in Pakistan while these commodities include flour, gram, dal mash, dal mung, tomato, onion, chicken, and petrol. ۔ Concern was expressed over the rise in prices of essential commodities including flour, sugar, milk, ghee, and pulses in Sindh.
To promote trade between Pakistan and Central Asian countries, the Cabinet directed the Aviation Division to start work on finalizing air travel agreements with all Central Asian countries.