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LAHORE: Punjab cabinet, which met here Tuesday with Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz in the chair, accorded approval to the Punjab Government Advertisement Policy 2024, to regulate advertisements in print, electronic, cable and digital media in line with the Federal Government procedures.

Advocate General Punjab briefed the cabinet members that the Constitution has made mutual consultation of the stakeholders’ indispensable before making important appointments.

It was agreed in the cabinet meeting, “The Government does not believe in conflict with any institution, but undue interference in the executive authority is not acceptable.” The cabinet approved Food Minister Bilal Yasin’s proposal to constitute a ministerial committee for making important appointments after meaningful consultation with the other stakeholders.

The CM Maryam Nawaz said, “It is the responsibility of all of us to uphold sanctity of our office by exercising our powers within the constitutional limits.” She added, “You need not to be apologetic in discussing your constitutional rights and prerogative.”

The cabinet ratified Rock Salt Policy 2022, Rock Salt Amended Policy 2023, and directed to form a committee to decide on rock salt mining leases. It was also decided in the cabinet meeting to approach NAB against those responsible for corruption in the grant of Rock Salt Leases.

Madam Chief Minister said, “Can’t allow looting of precious national resources. Illegal leases of rock salt mining should be suspended immediately.” She added, “Do not waste even a single particle of salt, $13 billion rock salt mineral reserves are valuable asset of the province.” The CM highlighted, “If the world can buy our salt at cheap rates and sell it at higher price after value addition, why can’t we?”

The cabinet gave approval to extend contract of 23 employees of Policy and Strategic Planning Unit of the Primary and Secondary HealthCare Department, besides lifting a ban on recruitment against vacant posts.

The cabinet also approved presenting before the Provincial Assembly the special, project and performance audit reports of the Punjab Government and District Governments from 2016 to 2022. Approval was also accorded to the appointment of Bakht Fakhr Behzad as Judicial Member and Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal of Punjab Revenue Authority.

Provincial Ministers, Advisors, Chief Secretary, IG Punjab Police, Secretaries and other relevant officers attended the meeting.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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