Under Ehsas Program’s initiative, PM directs to eliminate huger from country

Govt to further extend counterinsurgency measures to prevent terrorist attacks: PM

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to identify areas, where people are facing food shortage and even in getting two-times meal due to economic difficulties so that they can be reached under Ehsas Program’s initiative “no one should go to bed hungry.”

He was chairing a meeting of the initiative ‘no one should go to bed hungry’ under Ehsas Program in Islamabad today.

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar briefed Imran Khan about the project. She said that the masses will be benefited through the Ehsaas Rashan program. It has been set up to enable the private sector and civil society organizations to reach the most vulnerable deserving beneficiaries and provide them food rashan packs or cash equivalent in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Through the portal, the role of government will be to facilitate linking of donors and beneficiaries (e.g., on geographic basis) and provide data of eligible beneficiaries to donors.

She said that in light of Prime Minister’s vision, provision of meals will be ensured under a coordinated strategy to areas facing food shortage.

Appreciating the suggestions to provide meals to deserving people, the Prime Minister said that a system, through a comprehensive planning, should be evolved for easy and direct access to the deserving people.

Imran Khan said with the success of ‘no one should go to bed hungry’ program, Pakistan will set an example in the world.

Besides, Dr Sania Nishtar also briefed Imran Khan about Ehsas Donor Management System under which detail of donation and expenditure will automatically be sent to a donor through an automatic digital manner.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has reassured the Hazara families, who lost their loved ones in a brutal terrorist attack in Machh, that he is cognizant of their suffering and their demands.

In a tweet on Wednesday, he said government is taking steps to prevent such attacks in the future and know our neighbour is instigating this sectarian terrorism.

The Prime Minister said that he shares their pain and have come to you before also to stand with you in your time of suffering.

He said that he will come again very soon to offer prayers and condole with all the families personally. Imran Khan assured that he will never betray his people’s trust.He asked the people to bury their loved ones so their souls find peace.

The Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet has approved import of additional wheat to buffer up existing stocks till the arrival of fresh crop.

The ECC, which met in Islamabad today (Wednesday) with Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in the chair, also approved additional 200,000 metric tons wheat for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 80,000 metric tons for Azad Kashmir and 220,000 metric tons for Utility Stores Corporation.

It granted approval to removal of additional two percent customs duties on 152 tariff lines.

The Committee assented approval to technical supplementary grants of worth 30 million rupees for the purchase of spare parts of KP Government’s helicopter and over 400 million rupees to establish additional courts in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court.

Besides, it also approved a grant of 2.268 billion rupees for the Higher Education Commission for completion of various disbursement linked Indicators.

In addition, Minister for Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has stressed the need for effective functioning of authorities to monitor the demand supply position across the country for provision of daily use items to general public at affordable rates.

He was chairing the meeting of the National Price Monitoring Committee in Islamabad today (Monday).

The forum reviewed the price trend of essential commodities especially wheat, sugar and edible oil.

The Chair noted that the prices of essential items have started showing declining trend which is a positive outcome of vigilant monitoring under NPMC on weekly basis.

He emphasized an increased coordination among Federal and Provincial authorities to identify demand supply gaps and take immediate remedial measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of items of daily use at affordable prices.

The Finance Minister directed the Chief Secretaries to regulate smooth supply of wheat throughout the province by increasing daily release, if needed, and submit a comprehensive report.

Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Hammad Azhar, updated the NPMC about measures being taken to further reduce the prices of sugar and edible oil in consultation with stakeholders.

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