Time for performance has arrived, Pak PM Imran Khan tells his ministers

Topics Pakistan  | Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the PTI government has to take its performance to much higher levels in the remaining time of its five-year tenure, while telling his ministers that "the time for performance has arrived".

Khan said this while addressing a special ceremony to sign 'Performance Agreements of the Federal Government for the Year 2020-21' in Islamabad attended by ministers and special assistants to the prime minister, the Dawn reported on Wednesday.

According to the Prime Minister's Office, federal ministers of various ministries signed performance agreements with the prime minister.

"We will put pressure on ourselves to take our governance performance to much higher levels in our remaining two-and-a-quarter years," Khan said.

"We no longer have an excuse that we're new and are learning because most of us came into power for the first time. The time for performance has arrived," he added.

Terming the signing of performance agreements "a step in the right direction", Khan said the performance of each ministry will be evaluated based on the contracts.

"After all, the public has to decide after five years whether we made their lives better or not; whether we fulfilled the promises made to them or not," he said, stressing that governance could not be delivered unless all ministries performed individually.

Noting that presidents and prime ministers in the US and UK were given detailed briefings about all government departments before they took office, Khan said he virtually had no time to prepare before assuming office and the first three months were spent understanding the state of affairs.

Among the government's current targets, the Prime Minister said he saw the power ministry as the biggest challenge for the country and his government, which he said sometimes "keeps me awake at night".

"The power sector is such a complex and complicated sector; there are so many different things that need to be rationalised and synchronised to provide people with affordable power and not add to the rising circular debt," he said.

He said although some factors concerning the power sector were in the government's control, others were not.

Khan termed subsidies worth Rs 2,500 billion as the second biggest challenge for his administration, noting that all countries provided subsidies to benefit the poor and to uplift their backward areas.

Mentioning wealth creation as the third test for the government, he said if exports were not increased, the issue of current account deficit would remain.

--IANS

int/


(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel