Bilawal wants fair provincial share in foreign relief items

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From Zeeshan Mirza

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday urged the the federal government to help provinces in their fight against coronavirus pandemic, media reported.
Presiding over PPP’s economic committee meeting, Bilawal Bhutto asked the federal government to ensure fair distribution of the international aid for COVID-19 among the provinces. He demanded of the federal government to enhance the relief package and waive taxes to mitigate the sufferings of the people amid the pandemic. Declaring the federal government’s economic package insufficient, the PPP chairman asked the centre to increase minimum wage to Rs17,500.
Earlier on April 21, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had said providing relief to those in need at their doorstep is a commendable act. He had lamented that no additional funds had been given to the provinces by the federal government to fight the coronavirus. Bhutto Zardari has asked for fair distribution of benefits from the relief received from various financial institutions, including the IMF, the World Bank and the G20 countries. “Federal government should also reduce its expenditures and give extra money to the provinces instead of cuts in their share,” Bilawal stated this in video link party meeting here, which was attended by Raza Rabbani, Syed Naveed Qamar, Chaudhry Manzoor and others.