PM approves online agri dashboard to monitor food prices, availability


ISLAMABAD, DEC 31 (DNA) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday approved the online agri-dashboard developed by National Security Division, which will monitor food prices and availability of commodities at national, provincial and district levels.

 The Dashboard will use authentic indicators to prevent any food crisis and will also be effective in preventing hoarding and profiteering. The prime minister directed need for urgent measures to control inflation of items such as flour, sugar and pulses.

He stressed the need to increase exports and find local alternative to imports to ensure increase of current account surplus. This was the first of the series of weekly meetings meant to review progress of priority sectors.

PM’s Special Assistant Dr. Moeed Yousuf, Secretaries of the ministries concerned and senior officials attended the meeting, whereas chief secretaries of the four provinces participated via video-link.

On the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the areas which have been given a priority status include food security, agriculture, electricity, manpower, foreign investment, privatization, information technology and exports to implement major reforms in six sectors that faced neglect in the past.

According to PM Office, from now onwards, there will be a weekly review meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, where he will be given briefings on the progress of these meetings with special focus on each sector. = DNA


KDA launches anti-encroachment operation in Surjani Town

KARACHI, DEC 31 (DNA) – KDA has launched an operation in Surjani Town here to recover encroached state land on the orders of the Supreme Court.

Surjani Site Office of the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) has demolished dozens of houses built on the encroached state land in Surjani Town Sector-6 and 10.

The land mafia was building houses over the state land, a KDA spokesperson said. The authority has recovered state land from illegal possession, the spokesperson further stated.

Police contingents were deployed in the area for security as KDA personnel launched the anti-encroachment operation. The women of the area protested against demolition of houses during the operation.

It is to be mentioned here that the Sindh High Court (SHC) on last Thursday also ordered the KDA to launch an anti-encroachment drive in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi to vacate the land occupied through China cutting.

The judgement was passed on a plea submitted in SHC accusing the KDA of supporting the land mafia in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The court directed the KDA to launch a massive drive to vacate the occupied land in the area.

On the occasion, the director KDA informed the court that outlaws use to attack the KDA party, whenever they start the drive. To this the SHC bench asked the Director General (DG) Rangers and DIG Police to provide support to the KDA staff during the drive. = DNA