(January 17, 2020)
President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President All Karachi Industrial Alliance (AKIA), Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister, Mian Zahid Hussain on Friday lauded the decision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide jobs to 1,29,000 people and give the status of industry to the construction sector. He also supported the move of the PM to simplify the procedure of getting a job and allocating quota for people of FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan which will benefit the least developed areas.
Talking to the business community, the veteran business leader said that PM has also directed to resolve pending service matters of the government servants and process pensions cases of retired government servants within seven days which are laudable moves.
The former minister noted that the government has decided to take action against officials involved in getting undue benefit from BISP will discourage malpractices in the future. The officials from grade 17 to 21 involved in cheating should be punished and all the amount should be recovered from them, he demanded.
He said that PM’s decision to promote the construction sector will provide jobs to millions, promote forty industries and trigger growth while FPCCI under the leadership of Mian Anjum Nisar will cooperate with the government to achieve the goals.
He noted that the government has also detected an unnecessary increase in the prices of raw material used in construction industry and steps are being taken to reverse the trend which will reduce cost of doing business.
Mian Zahid Hussain also lauded the move to include representatives of builders and developers in the regulatory bodies looking after the construction sector which will reduce hassle for the business community while the establishment of special benches for construction-related disputes will also improve the situation. He demanded that the promotion of the construction sector will also require a fixed tax regime for which ABAD should be consulted.