The federal cabinet has approved uniform curriculums for all educational institutions, including 30,000 religious seminaries across the country.
According to Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan, the cabinet discussed thoroughly the proposal of a uniform syllabus for all educational institutions, including the madrassahs that are currently being operated under Wifaqul Madaris.
She said that the government does not want to bring all madrassahs under its ambit, but they will be attached to the government. Moreover, the government will also look over the foreign funding and bank transactions of the religious seminaries.
Minister for Energy Umar Ayub also accompanied Awan in the post-cabinet meeting press conference. He said that the cabinet has decided there will be no load-shedding in Ramazan.
Ayub further added that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has proposed a 3.4 percent increase in electricity charges. However, the government has approved a 1.87 percent increase while assuring that the revised rate will not apply to 75 percent of the consumers.
Another decision taken in the meeting is to renew licenses of mobile cell phone companies for 15 years that will bring $1.3 billion.
The meeting also approved the installation of an automatic metering system to overhaul the power supply and distribution system and overcome the issue of circular debt once and for all.
However, the cabinet did not approve the appointment of Syed Shabbar Zaidi as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) because it did not receive the summary about the appointment.