Budget provides educational opportunities, targeted subsidies: PM

PM for precautionary measures ahead of above-normal precipitation

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Sunday said that the fiscal budget 2022-23 had provided more educational opportunities for youth, particularly from Balochistan and targeted subsidies to the financially weaker segments of society.

On his Twitter handle, the prime minister said the fiscal budget also represented significant improvements in several ways. The non-productive assets of the rich were also taxed. Adding to this, In view of prediction about an above normal monsoon rainfall during the last week of this month, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Sunday directed the ministries and departments concerned to alert the provinces and district administrations.

The prime minister directed for formulation of a comprehensive strategy in collaboration with the provinces considering the forecast for heavy monsoon downpours.

The prime minister directed that all precautionary measures should be taken in accordance with the forecast of the meteorological department, besides ensuring arrangements in the low laying areas and in those regions which could be affected during the rainy period.

He also asked for timely supply of necessary equipment and other necessary steps for the protection of crops and animals in the agrarian areas.

The prime minister further observed that residents in the affected areas should be forewarned and shifted to safer areas.

Other steps like proper drainage, dredging of nullahs and water channels and fumigation should also be taken, he added.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), in a statement, has predicted that country was expected to receive “above average rainfall” during the upcoming monsoon season.

It further said that pre-monsoon rains are likely to start in the second week of June. Earlier to this, Head of PM’s Strategic Reforms Initiatives Salman Sufi Saturday said that Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has approved a new transit visa policy for the Afghan immigrant citizens.

 

Taking a notice of the issues faced by the Afghan citizens and the illegal immigration, the prime minister had accorded his nod to the new policy of ‘on arrival visa for Afghan refugees who needed to pass through Pakistan to reach their destination countries that had approved their immigration, he added. Sufi further informed that under the new policy, the government of Pakistan would issue 30-day transit visas to the Afghan citizens within 24hours, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release. Those countries that had granted immigration to the Afghan citizens, could apply for transit visas from Pakistan, he added. Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Saturday requested for a debate in the upcoming session of the National Assembly to adopt a resolution condemning the recent incident of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders’ blasphemous remarks.

The prime minister requested Speaker of the National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to hold debate over the Namoos-e-Risalat in the upcoming session of the upper house of the parliament on June 13 (Monday).

The prime minister while strongly condemning BJP leaders’ disrespectful comments, said with the adoption of a resolution in the National Assembly, they wanted to give a message to India and the rest of the world that they were ready to give any sacrifice for the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

The debate should be held over this serious issue and to express boundless affection and love for the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), he added.

He said the sentiments of about 1.25 billion Muslims across the world were hurt by such profane remarks over which they have been strongly protesting.  Meanwhile, the prime minister, in his brief remarks during the joint session of the parliament, endorsed the proposal by Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and asked the Speaker National Assembly to allocate an hour on Monday to discuss the issue.

“Not only this House or the 220 million people of Pakistan rather every Muslim from across the world can sacrifice everything to safeguard the sanctity of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him),” he commented.

“This matter should be taken seriously,” the prime minister said reiterating his call for discussing the issue on Monday as the House would initiate debate on the annual budget 2022-23.

The prime minister said following the discussion, the whole parliament should adopt a resolution to condemn the hateful act.

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