Task Force Assembled to Fix the Declining Education Standards in Pakistan

The Council of Common Interest (CCI) has decided to constitute a National Task Force on Education Standards in the country.

Discussing matters pertaining to Higher Education and other similar bodies in post 18th Constitutional Amendment, the meeting decided to constitute a National Task Force on Education Standards in the country.

The Task Force would look into the issues related to curriculum, medium of instruction etc. and would make recommendations for bringing uniformity and improving quality of education across the country. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while Chief Ministers of all the four provinces and other concerned departments participated.

Over the issue of import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the meeting decided that the concerns of the provinces would be sent to the concerned ministry and the issue would be discussed in the next meeting of the CCI along with views of the concerned ministry.

Provision of Gas

On the issue of provision of gas to localities/villages falling within 5 km radius of gas production fields, it was decided that all expenditures involved would be borne by the distribution companies. In Balochistan’s case, provision of gas to the nearest tehsil headquarters or district headquarters, as the case may be, would be ensured.

Census

Statistics Division gave a detailed presentation on the issue of third-party validation of the census results. It was decided that 1% random sampling of the census data would be enhanced to 5% and every effort would be made to complete the process within the shortest possible time.

Electricity Production

The meeting also agreed to real-time monitoring of the electricity production, allocation to each DISCO and duration of load-shedding by the provinces. A similar mechanism would be made available for the gas sector as well.

Workers Welfare Fund

In order to resolve issues relating to EOBI and Workers Welfare Fund in post 18th Constitutional Amendment scenario, the meeting decided to constitute a Sub-Committee comprising of Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistan and Human Resource Development, SAPM on Law, SAPM on Revenue, Provincial Labour Ministers, Finance Secretary, Provincial Labor Secretaries and Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis.

The meeting approved a proposal by the Ministry for Energy for amendment in Petroleum Exploration and Production Policy 2012.

The CCI meeting also acceded to the request of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to grant one-time relaxation for the award of one new exploration block to each Provincial Holding Companies (PHC’s) without competitive bidding.