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Federal Cabinet Abolishes Child Welfare and Protection Agencies, Includes Employees in Surplus Pool

In a significant move, the federal cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has abolished key child welfare and protection agencies, namely the National Commission for Child Welfare and Development and the National Child Protection Centre. The decision, made on Thursday based on the Ministry of Human Rights’ recommendation, also includes the dissolution of the implementation of the National Line of Action.

Federal Cabinet Abolishes Child Welfare and Protection Agencies, Includes Employees in Surplus Pool

Under this decision, employees of these departments, who are civil servants, will be included in the surplus pool. The rationale behind this move, as informed during the cabinet meeting, is that the establishment of the National Commission on the Rights of Child by the National Commission on the Rights of Child Act, 2017, renders these agencies redundant. The government cited its austerity policy as the driving force behind the decision.

Furthermore, the cabinet approved presenting crucial financial documents, including the ‘Fiscal Policy Statement and Debt Policy Statement for the financial year 2022-23’ and the ‘Year End Government Performance Monitoring Report’, to the National Assembly.

In addition to these decisions, the cabinet also endorsed the appointment of members to the National Commission for the Status of Women, recommended by the Human Rights Division.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif emphasized the importance of another IMF program for the economy’s improvement, highlighting that economic indicators are on an upward trajectory with a gradual decrease in inflation. He reiterated the government’s commitment to poverty alleviation and job creation, expressing confidence that the new IMF program would enhance international trust in Pakistan’s economic policies.

Moreover, the prime minister underscored the government’s initiatives towards digitization, particularly in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and affirmed the commitment to privatize Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) within the stipulated timeline. Additionally, a strategy for the outsourcing of airports has been finalized.

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The decisions taken by the federal cabinet reflect a concerted effort towards economic stability, institutional efficiency, and the welfare of citizens.

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