ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Federal Cabinet has announced to set up Special Media Tribunals to resolve issues relating to Media industry and stakeholders.
This was stated in a media briefing by Special Assistant to PM on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday after the federal cabinet meeting.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said the media tribunals will replace Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority's
(PEMRA) Council of complaints to resolve issues pertaining to media and other stakeholders.
Tribunals would decide a matter within 90 days
The special assistant said the tribunals would decide a matter within 90 days. She said a bill in this regard will be tabled in the National Assembly. She also said that the higher judiciary will patronize these tribunals.
Pending cases with PEMRA to be referred to media tribunals
Firdous Ashiq said all the pending cases with PEMRA will be referred to media tribunals. She said Prime Minister Imran Khan and the government believe in facilitation and empowerment of media.
She said establishment of media tribunals is an attempt to introduce best practices, norms and code of conduct of the democratic societies of the world.
PM takes cabinet into confidence over upcoming visit to US
The special assistant also said that Prime Minister Imran Khan also took the cabinet into confidence over his upcoming visit to the US. She said the PM Khan apprised the cabinet about his agenda and priorities to highlight the Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly session and during his interactions with the international leadership and the media.
Cabinet approves health cards for transgender
Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the cabinet approved health cards for transgender class, across Pakistan. She said that around five thousand such people exist in Pakistan and their data is being compiled with the help of NADRA.
Cabinet decided to establish old age homes
She said the cabinet decided to establish old age homes in the name of Maskan at district level under Ehsas programme for the elderly people in the country. She said first 'Maskan' will be established in Sialkot as a pilot project, which will be replicated in rest of the country at a later stage.
“The PM Khan has directed the concerned ministry to prepare priorities in this regard,” she added.
Extension of one-time work visa for Chinese citizens approved
The special assistant said extension of one-time work visa for Chinese citizens was also approved to ensure unhindered work on the development projects being completed with Chinese cooperation in Pakistan.
PM directs filling vacant posts in govt departments timely
She said the premier also directed to fully implement the deadline for filling the vacant posts in various government departments.
244 rehabilitation centres established for drug addicted
The Special Assistant informed that the cabinet approved transfer of erstwhile FATA's Zakat funds to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government. The Special Assistant said 244 rehabilitation centres will be established for the treatment of drug addicted people.
She said prevention from drugs will be made part of the syllabus to save youth from falling prey to such menace.
Provinces instructed to evolve effective strategy to control Dengue
Referring growing incidents of Dengue, the special assistant said the federal government has instructed provinces to evolve an effective strategy to control the disease. She said every possible step will be taken to provide medical assistance to patients suffering from dengue.
She further said the cabinet approved abolishing premium on purchase of new cars.