Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) held here at PM office, today. CCI agreed to start (national) census from 15th of March 2017. It was agreed that house listing and census operation may be carried out in one go. Census will be held in two phases, each phase to be carried out in all the provinces simultaneously. The CCI further agreed that census will be carried out in close coordination of provincial governments. A committee comprising of Secretary Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and four Chief Secretaries to address all the issues pertaining to implementation.
Agenda item pertaining to Establishment of National Security Fund was discussed and it was decided to refer it to National Finance Commission, being the competent forum, for decision.
CCI approved National Forest Policy in principle and directed the Federal Minister of Climate Change to sit with the Provincial Governments to ensure no encroachment on Provincial powers is made. The National Forest Policy will enable the Federal Government to provide technical and financial assistance to the provincial governments, in line with their own provincial policy framework and to ensure compliance of International Conventions.
CCI ratified payment of net Hydel profit to the Government of Punjab. Rs. 38.12 billion will be settled by issuance of irrevocable promissory note of one year duration to the Government of Punjab by December 2016. The balance Rs. 44.59 billion will be paid in three equal instalments after tariff determination by CCI/NEPRA.
The meeting was attended by Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi, Federal Minister fot Overseas Pakistanis and HRD, Lt General (Rtd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony.
Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, Mr. Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Chief Minister Balochistan also attended the meeting.