KPK cabinet against two weekly holidays

Mian Iftikhar Hussain

Mian Iftikhar Hussain

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) cabinet decided on Monday to repeal the federal government’s decision of observing two weekly holidays under an energy saving scheme.

Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting – chaired by Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti – K-P Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that the cabinet discussed this proposal and decided not to follow it.

Hussain said that last year’s experience at the Civil Secretariat Peshawar proved that the five-day week did not help much in energy conservation; however, he added that if all provinces took a unanimous decision then K-P would follow suit.

The information minister said that the K-P cabinet also discussed issues pertaining to the departments devolved to provinces in light of the 18th Amendment.

The cabinet was told that the Zakat department had been transferred to the provinces and in place of the Zakat and Usher Ordinance 1980, Zakat and Usher Act 2011 has been enforced in the province.

He said that the K-P government has asked the Punjab government to call a meeting in Lahore to devise a new formula for the distribution of Zakat among provinces in light of the new formula presented by the religious affairs ministry and presented to the Council of Common Interest.

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