ISLAMABAD: Each the print and digital media ought to collectively venture the nationwide narrative on the Kashmir difficulty with a view to counter Indian propaganda, urged Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Data and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan throughout a ceremony held to commemorate the completion of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) first 12 months in energy.
Addressing the one-year efficiency ceremony on the Prime Minister Secretariat on Sunday, Dr Firdous mentioned elevating the voice for the oppressed folks of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) was the federal government’s precedence and the identical was anticipated from newspapers and information channels.
“Indian media has launched a unfavourable propaganda marketing campaign towards Pakistan whereas projecting the fascist Narendra Modi as a nationwide hero,” mentioned the PM’s particular assistant.
The Pakistani media should unitedly counter the faux Indian narrative and spotlight the Kashmir trigger, she added.
She mentioned the PTI authorities believed in full media freedom because it performed an crucial function as eyes and ears of society. The prime minister had at all times been vocal concerning the press freedom and his authorities was decided to facilitate the media at each step.
“The federal government inherited Pakistan Railways in deficit and took measures to make it a worthwhile organisation,” mentioned the PM’s particular assistant.
Equally, the PTI authorities inherited round debt of Rs1,200 billion, she mentioned, including that the Ministry of Energy took steps for enhancing electrical energy transmission and the general system.
Ministry of Data
Firdous mentioned trendy and new structural reforms had been launched in all of the establishments, together with Pakistan Tv (PTV), Related Press of Pakistan (APP), Press Data Division (PID), Publicity Wings and Radio Pakistan.
She mentioned, “The PTV has been remodeled into an autonomous physique in distinction to the previous years when it was used as a parking station for a number of journalists’ private agendas, who had been additionally being paid heavy packages.
“The PTV has grow to be a worthwhile organisation after being confronted with immense monetary disaster.”
Relating to APP, Firdous mentioned the federal government was decided to rework the information company into a contemporary organisation having collaboration with its worldwide counterparts.
“We’re additionally upgrading APP’s Video Information Service (VNS) to make it appropriate with worldwide companies for selling a comfortable and average picture of Pakistan,” she added.
Likewise, she mentioned, Radio Pakistan and PID had been additionally adopting trendy strategies as per new structural agendas that had been devised by the ministry.
“For PID, we’re bringing a brand new commercial coverage and on-line system whereas the central media record for commercials can be being revised,” she added.
“The federal government has launched structural reforms within the Exterior Publicity (EP) Wing to maintain the Pakistani diaspora overseas up to date concerning the nation’s affairs and to enhance our press counselors’ efficiency overseas. The EP Wing can be aiming to create a platform which can allow overseas journalists to witness Pakistan’s optimistic facet, our cultural heritage and developmental initiatives.”
She thanked all of the senior journalists and media homeowners for his or her assist and appreciation for selling unity and concord on completely different points particularly in gentle of latest happenings within the occupied Kashmir.
Firdous mentioned the prime minister had reviewed the efficiency of each ministry and took steps for his or her restructuring. He outlined the insurance policies of the ministries and initiated steps to make them people-friendly with a view to resolve issues and fortify their function within the prosperity of Pakistan, she added.
She mentioned the knowledge ministry was empowered in keeping with the necessities of the current age. Steps had been taken for capability constructing of departments working underneath the ministry. A Social Media Wing, she mentioned, was arrange within the ministry to attach with the digital and print media for disseminating information to the general public. An interim wage board for journalists was introduced and shortly everlasting award can be introduced, she mentioned, including that the prime minister had directed for clearance of dues of media homes on account of commercials.
“All of the pending liabilities of media homes can be cleared in coming months,” mentioned the particular assistant. “A brand new commercial coverage can be introduced and affairs of the commercial part of PID can be streamlined to the satisfaction of the media homeowners.”
“The programme, which is near the center of the prime minister, is supposed to create an equitable society,” mentioned Firdous.
Some Rs152 billion was allotted throughout the present 12 months for it, which might be related with different programmes like Sehat Card, curiosity free loans, internships for youth and schemes for the empowerment of girls in rural areas, she added.
Ministry of International Affairs
Dr Firdous mentioned the overseas affairs ministry in its profitable function countered all conspiracies of India and after 5 a long time the Kashmir difficulty was taken up on the discussion board of the United Nations Safety Council.
“India didn’t cease the united states’s assembly on Kashmir and now a focal group has been arrange on the Ministry of International Affairs to make effort for additional open debate on Kashmir throughout the subsequent session of the UN Safety Council,” mentioned Firdous.
She thanked the management of opposition events for strengthening the nationwide narrative on Kashmir.
The particular assistant mentioned historic reforms had been initiated in Madrassas underneath the Nationwide Motion Plan. The PTI authorities confirmed braveness on the difficulty in contrast to the earlier regimes.
Appointment of judges
Firdous mentioned the PTI authorities appointed 29 judges of particular courts and 9 members of tribunals for quick justice throughout its first 12 months. Based on the occasion’s first-year report, the federal government established Particular Court docket Gujranwala for higher entry to justice whereas the proposal for establishing extra courts and tribunals was additionally into consideration. Roughly, 600 circumstances referred by completely different authorities organisations for authorized opinion had been disposed of in public curiosity by the Ministry of Regulation and Justice.
Disposal of such an enormous variety of circumstances whereas sustaining the qualitative facet was unprecedented within the historical past of the regulation ministry, the report mentioned.
Ministry of Abroad Pakistanis
The PTI authorities has helped launch round 2,612 Pakistani prisoners, languishing within the Center East nations’ prisons on petty crimes, by extending monetary and authorized help.
“When the PTI authorities got here to energy, there have been some 6,880 Pakistanis serving numerous jail phrases in seven nations of the Center East and now after the passage of 1 12 months, it has made positive the discharge of two,612 which constitutes over 37 per cent of the entire prisoners,” in keeping with the report.
It acknowledged that 1,245 prisoners had been launched from Saudi Arabia, 1,200 from the United Arab Emirates, 67 from Qatar, 55 from Oman, 18 from Kuwait , 17 from Bahrain and 10 from Iraq.
The abroad ministry had organized the repatriation of 320 passengers from Malaysia stranded in camps, 1,600 passengers from Thailand who had been caught up there as a result of airspace closure in latest previous, 28 drivers from Iraq and greater than 5 trafficked youngsters to Center East for immoral functions.
Pakistan Tourism Growth Company
With an purpose to advertise tourism within the nation, Pakistan Tourism Growth Company (PTDC) is transferring ahead briskly on materialising creation of an endowment fund price Rs1 billion.
“An endowment fund titled ‘Pakistan Tourism Growth Endowment Fund’ (PTDEF) has been created with seed cash of Rs1 billion to advertise tourism throughout the nation,” mentioned PTDC Managing Director Syed Intikhab Alam.
The federal government arrange the endowment fund to execute its advertising and marketing plans for promotion of the nation’s unexplored scenic websites and vacationer resorts at native and worldwide stage. “The PTDEF can be formally launched shortly as guidelines for its operation and administration had been despatched to the Finance and Regulation Division for vetting,” mentioned Intikhab, highlighting the PTI authorities’s one-year efficiency within the tourism sector.
The federal government, Intikhab mentioned, had additionally constituted the Nationwide Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB) to reinforce liaison between federation and provinces, apart from taking all mandatory steps to show Pakistan right into a world class vacationer vacation spot.
A Buddhist path was additionally being developed with a view to promote non secular tourism in Pakistan, he mentioned, including that the nation had managed to draw overseas funding of 500 million kilos for revamping non secular websites of Skihs.
He mentioned no developmental exercise was undertaken by the PTDC since 2010; nevertheless, this 12 months the federal government accommodated PTDC within the Federal Public Service Growth Programme by allocating Rs200 million. He mentioned Rs40 million was allotted for conducting feasibility research of Aiwan-e-Sayahat in Islamabad whereas Rs160 million can be spent on promotion of tourism within the federal capital.
Board of Funding
The Board of Funding (BOI) in a file time of one-year authorized 11 particular financial zones (SEZs) and improved Pakistan’s world ease of doing enterprise raking from 147th in 2018 to 136th in 2019, acknowledged the one-year efficiency report.
The board, it talked about, had held the fourth assembly of the Board of Approvals, headed by the prime minister, which granted approval to the primary China-Pakistan Financial Hall (CPEC) SEZ at Rashakai, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. In the identical assembly, agency approval of 5 SEZs in Punjab, processed by BOI, was given together with the approval in precept of two SEZs in Balochistan, two SEZs in Punjab and one SEZ in Sindh, which might be notified after finishing codal formalities, it added.
So as make the property registration course of handy, the processing time was being decreased from 208 to 17 days in Karachi, from 26 to 11 days in Lahore.
A web based system had been launched for funds of taxes, social safety and pension contributions.
A well-knitted system for buying and selling throughout borders-Net Primarily based One Customs (WeBOC) platform was built-in with key departments which had significantly decreased time.
The BoI had additionally began contract enforcement and established out of courtroom settlement programs in Lahore and launched courtroom automation and case administration programs.
It had additionally began Pakistan Regulatory Modernisation Initiative to map all regulatory necessities, permits, licenses and permissions/NOCs required in any respect ranges of Authorities in establishing and operating a enterprise in numerous key sectors, in order to conduct the enterprise course of overview and introduce requisite reforms to facilitate enterprise enterprises.
Federal Board of Income
The Federal Board of Income (FBR) has elevated 60 per cent assortment of (Inland Income) IR Home Taxes.
The FBR whereas broadening the tax base (Inland Income Coverage) had achieved 99.2 per cent goal of tax assortment throughout the month of July 2019 by the IR Operations Wing, which was Rs234 billion towards the assigned goal of Rs236 billion, in keeping with the report.
The submitting of returns of earnings for tax 12 months 2018 had reached 2.four million as in comparison with 1.four million returns filed for the tax 12 months 2017, indicating a progress of 62 per cent.
Throughout fiscal 12 months 2018-19, the variety of new tax payers who filed returns of earnings was 348,140 as in comparison with 146,096 filed throughout 2017-18, registering a rise of 137 per cent.
“In July 2019, the gathering of gross sales tax is Rs123.four billion which is 26.four per cent increased than the gathering of gross sales tax in July 2018, which was Rs97.6 billion. Equally, the Federal Excise Responsibility (FED) assortment in July 2019 is 20 per cent increased than the gathering in July 2018,” it added.
Nonetheless, the tax collected underneath earnings tax (aside from Amnesty) in July 2019 was Rs 85.2 billion which was 42 per cent increased than the gathering in July 2018.
Throughout final one 12 months, 6,451 excessive internet price circumstances had been recognized on the idea of financial transactions.
Nationwide Youth Growth Framework
The PTI authorities has ready a Nationwide Youth Growth Framework (NYDF) to empower the youth socially, economically and politically.
Based on the report, Pakistan is the second youngest nation in Asia with round 68 per cent of its inhabitants beneath the age of 30 years.
The PTI authorities, at its very outset, held intensive rounds of consultations with all of the provincial/regional stakeholders, apart from worldwide consultants on youth growth and ready a imaginative and prescient doc, titled ‘Nationwide Youth Growth Framework’ (NYDF) for steering completely different initiatives aimed toward socio-economic growth of youth.
It’s based mostly on following six thematic areas: Mainstreaming Marginalised Youth, Employment and Financial Empowerment, Civic Engagement, Social Safety, Well being and Properly-being, and Youth-Targeted Institutional Reforms.
Within the gentle of NYDF, for the primary time in Pakistan, the PTI authorities notified a 33-member “Nationwide Youth Council (NYC)”, comprising excellent younger leaders of nation in several sectors, together with leisure, NGOs, IT, sports activities, personal sector, and madrassas.
The NYC additionally contains provincial youth ministers and officers liable for formulating and executing youth insurance policies.
To implement numerous initiatives for the socio-economic growth of youth, the federal government launched the Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan Programme, which has an unlimited array of initiatives and initiatives in schooling, ability coaching, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.