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Prices of 18 drugs including Paracetamol  go up  

February 10, 2023 09:17 PM


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The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet has approved to hike in the prices of 18 drugs including Paracetamol products, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

The ECC, which met in Islamabad on Friday, with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair, approved the recommendation of the Drug Pricing Committee for increasing rates of Paracetamol products and the fixed price of Paracetamol Plain Tablet 500 mg at Rs 02.67 and Paracetamol Extra Tablet 500 mg at Rs 3.32. The ECC also allowed a reduction in the prices of 20 drugs.

The meeting gave its approval to implement the preconditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in true letter and spirit. 

The ECP approved the Revised Circular Debt Management Plan for the power sector. 

The ECC after discussion approved the proposal to recover Rs. 76 billion while exempting non-ToU domestic consumers having consumption of fewer than 300 units and allowed to impose an additional surcharge of Rs. 1 per unit for FY 2023-24 to recover additional markup charges of PHL loans not covered through the already applicable FC surcharge. 

The above surcharges will be applicable to K-Electric consumers to maintain uniform tariff across the country. The meeting deferred PHL’s principal installments payable in respect of Rs283.287 billion for a period of two years. 

The committee considered and approved the proposals contained in another summary of the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) regarding the recovery of staggered Fuel Charges Adjustment applicable for the months of August and September 2022.

The ECC deferred the electricity bills for the month of September 2022 for commercial consumers in the flood-affected areas till the next billing cycle and waived off electricity bills for the months of August and September 2022 for the non-ToU domestic consumers having less than 300-unit consumption. 

The ECC also approved an additional supplementary grant of Rs. 10.34 billion to cover the waiver of electricity bills in flood-affected areas.

The ECC considered and approved in principle a summary of the Finance Division on the Kamyab Pakistan Program. 

The ECC considered a summary of the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) and granted approval for the declaration of commerciality (DOC), Field Development Plan (FDP), and Development and Production lease (D&PL) for the period of five years. 

The ECC also approved in principle a technical supplementary grant of Rs. 450 million in favor of the Ministry of Defence.

Federal Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, SAPMs Tariq Bajwa, Tariq Mehmood Pasha, Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan, Chairman SECP, Federal Secretaries and other senior officers attended the meeting.



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