Cabinet okays plan to bring 43 more buses for city.

KARACHI -- The Sindh cabinet on Friday approved an amount of Rs1.7 billion for the purchase of 43 more 12-metre hybrid buses for the already operational Peoples Bus Service in the city.

The cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, was briefed by Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon about a proposal to introduce more buses for Karachi.

The CM approved his proposal and ordered release of Rs1.7bn for procurement of buses.

Under the PBS project, around 250 air-conditioned buses have been imported from China. Of them, 130 buses are plying in Karachi on nine different routes, 10 in Hyderabad and six in Larkana.

The cabinet also discussed a proposal of launching the bus service for tourist sites in the province.

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Culture Minister Syed Sardar Shah was directed to submit a written proposal so that buses from Karachi to major tourist spots such as Keenjhar, Thar, Ranikot and other areas could be launched.

Sugar cane support price

CM's Adviser on Agriculture Manzoor Wassan told the cabinet that he had held a number of meetings with all the stakeholders, including growers and millers to develop a consensus for the fixation of new sugar cane prices. The stakeholders had their own point of view.

He said that the Punjab government had fixed Rs300 per 40kg sugar cane price, therefore, he suggested the cabinet to fix Rs302 per 40kg for the crushing season 2022-23 starting from Nov 29, 2022.

The cabinet approved the fixation of the minimum price of sugar cane at Rs302 per 40kg and also fixed the quality premium rate at Rs0.50 (50 paisa) per 40kg as approved by the federal government in 1989-99.

It also approved the procurement of 300,000 tonnes of wheat from PASSCO (Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation) so that the wheat requirement of the province could be met till the harvest of the new crop in early March.

The chief minister directed the food department to make necessary arrangements for the procurement of wheat, crop 2022-23 from early February so that the procurement target could be achieved.

Baldia factory victims' pensions

Labour Minister Saeed Ghani told the cabinet that a German Brand, KiK Textilian, contributed $1 million for relief for the family of deceased and injured workers of the Baldia factory fire incident and the compensation commission established by the Sindh High Court under the chairmanship of Justice Rehmat Hussain Jaffery...

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