Pak PM to monitor key ministries


Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to monitor the ministries of Water and Power, Petroleum, Finance and the Planning Commission, following crisis like petrol shortages that has left his government red-faced many times over the past few months.

Sharif government is under pressure to address problems faced by the common people as the Prime Minister yesterday visited two commercial areas of the capital to personally see the prices of commodities, the Dawn reported.

He has decided to examine with a fine-tooth comb the ministries of Water and Power, Petroleum, Finance and the Planning Commission due to the recent fuel crisis and frequent power breakdowns, the paper said.

The Prime Minister, who "spent a busy day in his office" on Sunday made surprise visits to some local markets to see for himself whether the decrease in oil prices had trickled down to the grassroots-level, according to a government statement.

Later in the afternoon, he chaired a marathon meeting that brainstormed ways and examined means to keep a close eye on the working of important federal ministries.

"The meeting decided that an Evaluation, Monitoring and Delivery Cell would be set up immediately in the Prime Minister's Office to keep a watch on the working of key ministries," said the statement.

The vague "reform agenda of the government" also occupied Sharif's attention during the meeting.

A follow-up meeting of this monitoring cell is expected to discuss matters related to civil service reforms, as well as improvements in service delivery by public departments.

Pakistan is currently reeling under a fuel shortage crisis which has paralysed the country for about three weeks.

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