PM rules out letup in anti-corruption drive

PM rules out letup in  anti-corruption drive

Directs PAC members to expose corruption of present, past govts
Presses acceleration of registration process to benefit poor households


Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that he will not compromise on his ‘anti-corruption drive’ and directed the ruling party lawmakers to expose the wrongdoings of the incumbent and past governments.
According to media reports, the Premier made these remarks in a meeting with MNAs Riyaz Fatyana and Noor Alam Khan here on Thursday, who are members of the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
They briefed the Premier on PAC’s performance and added that the committee headed by opposition MNA Rana Tanveer Hussain, only looked into the audit papers and corruption cases could not be concluded due to the weakness of investigating agencies like NAB and the FIA.
Directing the treasury benches members to ensure their attendance in the PAC meeting, PM Imran said the committee was mandated to protect the taxpayers’ money and eradicate corruption.
He urged the MNAs to proactively attend the forum’s meetings and unmask the corrupt practices of past and incumbent government officials.
Meanwhile, while chairing a meeting on Ehsaas Ration Programme, PM directed the authorities concerned to speed up the registration process for Ehsaas Ration Programme to benefit a maximum number of poor households.
He also emphasized involving district government authorities to raise awareness among Karyana (grocery shops) stores and the potential beneficiaries in this regard.
He said: “The government is taking all possible measures to provide maximum relief to a common man.” “Being cognizant of sufferings of people due to inflation, we are extending subsidy to poorest of the poor people on essential commodities,” he added.
Earlier, the PM was apprised that under Ehsaas Ration Programme, a monthly subsidy of Rs. 1,000 on flour, ghee and pulses would be given to 20 million households of the country that have their monthly income below Rs. 50,000.
He was briefed that the programme would be launched across the country on December 15. 2021. The registration of Karyana stores under the programme is in progress, and more than 15000 Karyana stores have been registered so far.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi joined the meeting via video-link.
Separately, in a meeting with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, PM directed formulation of an effective media communication strategy to highlight various government initiatives for the welfare of the people. Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab for Information Hassan Khawar and Special Assistant to Chief Minister KP for Information Barrister Saif Ali also attended the meeting.
PM, while sharing a guiding principle for the nation said learning from the history was important to avoid repeating the same mistakes. Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeating the same mistakes, he wrote on twitter.
Imran Khan also shared a quote of Baruch Spinoza, the 17th century’s Dutch philosopher of Portuguese origin as saying, “If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.”