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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Govt to give away billions of rupees in corona-relief package for poor

The government of Pakistan will announce a special economic package today in wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has crippled economic activities in the country and globally. PTI government will provide a monthly stipend to daily wagers. This might be the biggest package for Pakistani people.

The corona virus suspects tally has increased to 893 in Pakistan and people have adopted self-quarantine which has impacted their both ends meet. However, the PM, on Saturday, told media men that the government would announce relief package for the poor.

In a series of tweets, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar said, “The economic team is finalizing an economic relief and stimulus package that shall be announced tomorrow InshAllah.”

The federal minister added that PM office, members of the cabinet and government officers in multiple divisions have “worked tirelessly over the past days to work out proposals and take decisions.” Azhar further added that one of the objectives of the upcoming package is to support businesses ad stimulate economic growth.

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“The objectives of the Economic Relief and Stimulus package is to provide relief to vulnerable segments, to prevent job losses, encourage smooth supply of essential goods at reasonable prices, support businesses and stimulate the economy,” he said.

A day ago, it was learned that Rs3000 per month will be given to seven million daily wagers across the country. Whereas, an Rs200 billion relief package for exporters was also approved at a high-level meeting on Monday.

Opposition parties  ask for lock down in country

Opposition parties urged the government to go for lockdown. “Every hour, every day that we delay is going to make dealing with the pandemic more difficult. Pakistan must move towards a lockdown,” tweeted PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday, as new cases of the novel coronavirus continued to emerge in different cities across the country.

Taking to Twitter, Bilawal called on the government for “decisive action ASAP” to mitigate the coronavirus crisis.  “Pakistan must move towards a #lockdown. Every hour, every day that we delay is going to make dealing with the pandemic more difficult. We’re already late, should’ve done it earlier, need decisive action ASAP to mitigate this crisis now.