ECC approves Rs 1billion grant for tourism

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

09th Jan, 2020. 12:34 am

Economic Coordination Committee has approved Rs 1 billion grant for the development of tourism in Pakistan.

According to the details, economic Coordination Committee (ECC approved Rs1 billion grant for the Pakistan Tourism Development Endowment Fund in a meeting, here on Wednesday.

ECC meeting was chaired by Federal Adviser on Finance and Revenue Abdul Hafeez Shaikh approved technical supplementary grant of Rs1 billion under a demand of the cabinet division for Pakistan Tourism Development Endowment Fund (PTDEF) during 2019-20.

The committee also extended Government of Pakistan (GoP) guarantee against Rs five billion credit facility of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for the Utility Stores Corporation to provide essential kitchen items to the people at lower than the market rates.

The ECC denied a new grant of Rs3 billion to Pakistan Steel Mills over a summary moved by the Ministry of Industries and Production with regard to payment of outstanding gas bills to SSGCL on account of minimal gas supplies being provided to Pakistan Steel Mills to keep its machines in heat mode.

The PSM had been on zero production heat mode since June 2015 after its gas bills went beyond Rs35bn and the gas supplies were cut.

It was observed in the session that the government has already released Rs 4.2 billion funds to Pakistan Steel and advised it to pay the arrears of the SSGC with its available resources.

The economic body had last week removed three percent Regulatory Duty on import of cotton and had approved amendment in the rules regarding permission of the cotton import.

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