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Inflated gas bills: Govt to reimburse Rs2.5bn to consumers

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to reimburse Rs2.5 billion to the gas consumers who had paid inflated bills.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the decision to return the amount of inflated gas bill collected from the consumers by the gas utilities was taken by the federal cabinet.

The Minister said that at least 3.2 million gas consumers were sent inflated bills by the two gas utilities. He added that the government was taking measures to compensate the victims of overbilling.

He told that the government has decided to launch schemes in the agriculture sector and Rs290 billion would be spent in this area. He remarked that the livestock and fisheries sector will be given special attention in the next five years.

Taking note of the request made by former Indian cricketer and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, the federal cabinet decided not to build any structure on a 30-acre cultivated land near the shrine of Baba Guru Nanak. A road with a six kilometer length and a bridge extending one kilometer would be built for Kartarpur Corridor.

He said that the prime minister has directed all the ministries to formulate a list of properties held by them and added that the procedure to appoint heads of various institutions has been finalized. Initially, the concerned committee for appointment will be headed by its minister while departmental secretary and experts would also be a part of it.

Chaudhry informed that the budget for entertainment and gifts has been withdrawn while the cabinet has deferred the appointment of evacuation board’s chairman.

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