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One Month Additional Salary will be Given to Doctors: PM Imran Khan

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the paradigms a lot. It was a time when nuclear weapons was considered as hard power but now the hard power is the medical sector. The stronger the medical sector is, the stronger will be the nation. Currently, it is the doctors and paramedics that should be treated with the same respect as soldiers and the army are treated. They should be given privileges. That’s the reason why the government has announced to take some steps to protect them and guard them

According to news sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced and approved the request of providing additional salary to the federal-government-employed paramedics and health-workers during a meeting that was executed on Thursday

The PM was given a briefing by Planning Minister Asad Umer, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lt. General Muhammad Afzal and Special assistant Dr. Zafar Mirza on precautionary measures and steps that should be taken to halt the spread of the COVID-19.

In a meeting, the premier said that the research committee, National Command, and Operation Center, would be formed that would collect and analyze data under the leadership of Mr. Asad. The analyzed data, according to the premier, would be sent to another going-to-be built committee, National Coordination Committee (NCC). The premier said that NCC would be led by Imran Khan and government would decide implantation.

While addressing the meeting, the PM said that accurate data has great importance and its negligence cannot be tolerated. He further said that Pakistan is different from US and China. He told that China could impose lockdown in Wuhan for two months because the government provided food to the people at their doorsteps. Besides, Mr. Khan told the media that western countries have been facing coronavirus and economic disruptions right now but Pakistan have been facing the pandemic on one hand and poverty on the other hand; therefore, they could not lock 220 million of the population at home.

The former captain said that the President of Brazil had similar problems with the lockdown. He ensured that the government’s resources have been using to control the pandemic. At the end of the meeting, he said that coronavirus should not be taken lightly. He said that the virus is threatening and that mindset that Pakistan “has some sort of immunity” is dangerous. Thus, he asked that nation to cooperate with the government and combat the virus together very soon.

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  • samir sardana on 09/04/2020

    Imran Khan is facing a sugar crisis in his nation

    Risk in the sugar business ?

    Y is “Sugar Daddy Jehangir Tareen (SDJT)”, in the Sugar business ?

    The misconception.

    It is no risk business.The CEO of the mill can see his raw material in the fields,from his glass windows.The owner of the raw material is waiting to sell ,he has to sell – as there is no storage and storage is not possible, and he has to sell to the nearest mill (to save on freight and moisture)- at the quality and other specs of the mills,and then await payments for months. Can there be a better business ? dindooohindoo

    The users of the end product are in the billions.The user in Pakistan WILL NOT PAY beyond a certain price – and they voted in the govtt.If some sugar mills close down – by strategy – the govtt will fall and there will be a Tahrir,as sugar stock draw down from Govtt warehouses takes time – and in riots – no logistics is possible. Even imports will take months,and then it has to be evacuated from the ports.

    Tbe user price can’t fall below a certain floor,as then the mills will close down,and there will no cane purchases,and also no cane payments for old bills.This also ensures no large scale imports.The cane growers,are also in the millions,and are another vote bank.So there is a cap-collar option on sugar prices – for the mill owner.If prices fall,the state has to offset the losses for the mill,and also waive interest and warehouse charges and offer compensation equal to the opportunity cost of capital employed in the operations.Hence,the cost of the cap-collar options is borne by the state.There is no other business like this in the world.

    Any business which relies on the state,for policies – dooms the industry.As a result, the Pakistani state has no clue of the actual operations of the sugar and cane supply chain and value chain – from costing to manufacturing to stock.That is also to the advantage of the businessmen – as the perception of unviable sugar units,ensures that the sugar units can inflate costs and hide stocks.This ensures that they keep getting subsidies.drawbacks,capital subsidies,soft loans,trade swaps, power export and wheeling incentives etc., and also,they can create shortages and price spikes, at will, in any part of Pakistan.

    A doomed sugar industry,also,is in the interest of the sugar tycoon – as they can close down the operations of any marginally viable or loss making or vulnerable unit,at will, by choking off working capital,or a truckers strike or diverting the raw material supplies of the unit.This is enough to cause panic and doom,in the sugar wholesale market.

    Holding stocks of cane,bagasse and sugar for 8-9 months and delays in payment of power exports – has a number to it – in terms of working capital cost.It is not a risk,and is part of the Business Model of a sugar unit,and the cost of working capital,can also be waived off – as interest subsidy or CDR/OTS,as the State has an interest in keeping the polity in power.The fact that,at the time of making the procurement of material,the price of the end product 9 months ahead,is nor known – is also,not a risk,and is,instead an opportunity,as all costs are, in effect, a pass-through to the state.

    Since cane is no brain business,there will always be excess cane production and excess sugar stocks,and since the state has to fix the purchase prices of cane and sale prices,in the open market – and also, the terms of loans and incentives to units – the state will always goof it up.

    When they goof – prices will spike – and that is when the mill owners sell the unaccounted sugar stocks.When there is a reverse goof,id.est,large stocks and working capital shortage – the mill owners push the state to export.At that time,the inflated cost sheets and perceptions of poor manufacturing operations and yields and storage losses,ensures the highest inflated cost.Highest inflated cost ensures maximum subsidy and also maximum ad valorem drawback.

    Drawback is refund of non vatable taxes acros the supply and value chain,and subsidy is the export price differential (on landed cost basis in a target market).

    Hence,the state is a PE co-investor in the sugar mill,with a sweat equity stake,and no voting rights and no dividend.What is better than that ? The cane growers are bankers to the mill who give clean credit for 8-9 months and accept all the deductions made by the mill.The Politicians are the “reverse fee clients”to the Consultants (mill owners), WHO PAY THE MILL (IN TERMS OF SOPS AND SUBSIDIES),FOR THE CONSULTING advice, given by the mill owners.

    In essence,the sugar mill is used by the polity,to make transfer payments to voters in agri areas – as an NGO – except that the NGO makes a CERTAIN INFINTE PROFIT % ON CAPITAL EMPLOUED

    Sugar mills get project loans at a 4:1 Debt.Equity Ratio,with capital and interest subsidies.If the project cost is inflated by 30% by using a mix of new and used machines, and 5% is paid to bankers and netas – then the equity is nil or negative.

    The mill owner has 2 income streams – Profit and Bonus.Bonus is selling unaccounted stocks,in price spikes,and earnings on export subsidies and drawbacks (on inflated costs and hawala exports and bogus exports).Profit is the cash profit earned,as the book profit is all bogus,as costs are inflated.A Sugar mill profit has not to be assessed quarterly or yearly,but when the entire supply and value chain of a crushing season,is conclusively liquidated and realised – net of all working capital costs.
    This makes the ROE,financially incalculable.

    WW3 or N-War or Covid – U need sugar.A human cannot eat palm oil or wheat or rice – as such – but can live on just sugar for some time.There is no business like sugar..Which is Y “Sugar Daddy Jehangir Tareen (SDJT)”,is in the Sugar business. He has found sugar buyers in the Taliban ? Sugar and Nuts = Ideal food for the mujahid.

    Bumper cane crop = good news for neta,as farmers happy and cane rates not hiked much for mill owner,and the netas are sure that retail rates are low.Disaster is for the state treasury,as large stock pile will be eaten by rats,or dumped in Kabul,with huge subsidy payments.Neta is happiest

    Bad Cane Crop = doom for neta and retail and economy.Imports will take time and the state will goof up,and retail will price in hike,3-4 months before import orders are placed.Marginal cane mills are also doomed – farmers will just die.But mill owners who have plantations (as all karge units have – on principles of Strategic sourcing and backward integration into plantations) will thrive,as they will have captive supply,and will engineer farm riots and suicides,to rig up cane prices – which is a pass-through to the state – on marginal and imputed costs.Then SDJT will tell media – “How do I gain by increased sugarcane prices” with a non=plussed expression – only for the cameras.

    A sugar mill is a power plant,which also,incidentally makes sugar,and the price of the raw material,is a pass-through (to the state – on a loaded marginal and opportunity cost) and the by-product (sugar) supply chain,can be choked at any time,by the mill owners.

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