Federal cabinet reviews flood losses, political situation

ISLAMABAD: Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took stock of the widespread devastation caused by the recent floods besides the current political situation in the country.

Rs25000 Eidee to each flood-affected family

The Federal Cabinet decided to distribute Rs25000 as Eidee among each of the 600,000 flood-affected families before Eidul Azha.

The Punjab Revenue Department also gave a briefing to the Premier over losses caused by the floods.

During the briefing it was informed that the initial estimates show that more than 600,000 families were affected by the floods across Punjab while efforts for their rescue and relief were made day and night by Pak Army, rescue services and provincial administration.

Ban on employment lifted

The Cabinet decided to lift the ban on employment and to give legal protection to the right of labourers to get the minimum salary of Rs12,000.

Adjustment for inflated electricity bills

The meeting also decided to compensate the electricity consumers against the over-billing through adjustment in the upcoming bills and to initiate action against the officials responsible for the issuance of inflated bills.

The meeting was also apprised about the demand and supply gap of electricity and steps being taken to improve the situation.

PM upcoming visit to US

On the occasion, the Prime Minister took the cabinet members into confidence over his upcoming visit to US and participation in United Nations General Assembly meeting.

Islamabad sit-ins

The meeting also reviewed the strategy to deal with the sit-ins that continue to be staged in Islamabad for well over one month.