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Thursday Aug 06 2020
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PM Imran summons NCC meeting to discuss reopening of businesses, schools

By
Web Desk
PM Imran earlier held an important meeting with four CMs regarding national issues -- File photo

Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a session of the National Coordination Committee on Thursday to discuss reopening of businesses, schools and other sectors after the country reported a steady decline in coronavirus cases over the past month.

The National Command and Operations Centre representatives will brief the NCC regarding the current situation in the country due to the prevalent COVID-19 situation.

In today’s session, the representatives from all four provinces will be present and provide their input.

PM meets CMs from all provinces before CCI session

The prime minister held an important meeting with the chief ministers of all the provinces before chairing a session of the Council of Common Interests.

In today’s meeting with the provincial chiefs, the premier discussed important national issues.

The 42nd CCI session has begun with the prime minister presiding over it. The meeting will mull over an eight-point agenda relating to national matters.

Govt starts consultation with provinces 

Earlier this week, Federal Minister of Industries and Production, Hammad Azhar said that the federal government has started consultations with provinces over reopening marriage halls, the tourism sector, restaurants, parks etc.

The government had prepared the Negative List, in which those businesses were included that were not allowed to operate during the coronavirus lockdown.

Read more: NCC to decide on reopening marriage halls, tourism, parks etc within few days

In his tweet, the minister pointed out that the Centre has started consultations with provinces on "review and possible revision of sectors (subject to SOPs) on Negative List".

"Started consultations at NCOC [National Command Operation Center] with provinces on review and possible revision of sectors (subject to SOPs) on Negative List of opening up. These include tourism, restaurants, marriage halls, parks etc," Azhar said.

Azhar had said that once the provinces had finalised their recommendations, it would be referred to Prime Minister Imran Khan, who will make the final decision.