ISLAMABAD The Federal Cabinet Wednesday decided to reduce the airfare for Haj 2010 by Rs 9,000 as against Rs 15,000, earlier approved by the Cabinet, besides approving a relief package of Rs 2.27 billion to reduce the prices of essential commodities during the holy month of Ramazan. The airfare has been reduced after negotiations with PIA to charge minimum Haj fare as compared to the last year. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani chaired the Federal Cabinet meeting. He made a Committee comprising Ministers for Commerce, Food and Agriculture, Industries and Production, and Finance to ensure availability of essential food items to the common man at affordable prices during Ramazan. In order to avoid any shortage of daily use items, Premier Gilani also directed the Committee to consider appropriate utilisation of the surplus wheat stock with Trading Corporation of Pakistan and others, and maintain demand and supply position of sugar in the country. He also asked the Parliamentarians and Cabinet Members to visit the market regularly to ensure smooth supply and reasonable prices of commodities. He also directed the Ministries of Water and Power, and Petroleum and Natural Resources to ensure supply of electricity and gas to the consumers, particularly at the Sehr and Iftar timings in Ramazan. The PM said that Utility Stores Corporation (USC) with its 5,700 outlets in the country should play an active role to provide essential food items to the poor at affordable prices, particularly essential items like wheat flour, ghee, sugar, daal chana and rice during Ramazan. The Secretary Population Welfare was directed by the Cabinet to go ahead to convene the meeting of the National Commission for Population Welfare headed by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister informed the Cabinet that he had telephoned Chief Minister Balochistan and Baloch leader Attaullah Mengal and expressed his deep sorrow and grief over the assassination of BNP leader Habib Jalib Baloch. The Prime Minister also informed that he had ordered a judicial inquiry to investigate this sad incident. The Cabinet strongly condemned the murder of BNP (M) leader Habib Jalib Baloch and offered Fateha for the departed soul. The Cabinet also approved signing of two grant agreements with Japan; one for the project of Urgent Rehabilitation for Sewerage and Drainage System in Lahore and the other was Project for improvement of Water Resources in Abbottabad. The Cabinet also approved the National Anti-Narcotics Policy 2010, which aims to eliminate poppy cultivation and maintain Pakistans poppy-free status. The Cabinet accorded in principle approval to sign the MoU with member states of South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) on Regional Oil and Chemical Pollution Contingency Plan for South Asia. The Cabinet approved draft agreement between Pakistan and Nigeria on Cooperation in Combating the Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals. The Cabinet accorded approval for signing of agreement between the Federal Service of the Russian Federation of Narcotics Traffic Control and Pakistans Ministry of Narcotics Control.