‘PM aims to contain virus, save people from starvation’

By Shakeel Ahmed

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reiterated his firm resolve to continue efforts for curbing the spread of coronavirus as well as take steps to save the people from poverty, starvation and unemployment in the wake of ongoing lockdown in the country.
Briefing media persons about the decisions taken by the Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the cabinet was informed that an ordinance was being promulgated to control inflation in the country and ensure uninterrupted supply of items of daily use. The cabinet members recommended inclusion of strict punishments for hoarders and smugglers in the proposed legislation, she added. The SAPM said the cabinet was also briefed about the proposed legislation to provide facilitation to the construction sector.
The cabinet, she said, congratulated and appreciated the efforts of Dr Sania Nishtar, her ministry and the Ehsaas team for the disbursement of cash assistance among the needy and eligible persons in a transparent and apolitical manner under the emergency cash relief programme.