Govt decides to assist people who earn less than Rs25,000 in buying rations
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The federal government decided on Monday to help people who earn less than Rs25,000 a month in buying food rations.
In a meeting of the federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, it was decided that the government will help people earning less than Rs25,000 a month by buying wheat, sugar, pulses and other food rations.
The prime minister was provided a briefing on all the government’s departments. He directed the government to allocate an amount exclusively for helping people buy rations in the next budget.
The proposal was scant on details as to how the government will assist people in buying food rations. During the meeting, the prime minister reportedly said that the incumbent government will support those who were struggling to make ends meet.
He said that the setting up of Panah Gahs and soup kitchens was evidence of the government’s resolve to help the poor and destitute. PM Imran appreciated the private sector and individuals who had partnered with the government to provide relief to the poor.
Taking to Twitter, the prime minister praised the cabinet’s decisions, crediting them with reducing inflation in February as compared to January.
The government has been under fire from critics and even some members of the PTI as well for failing to control the sugar and wheat crisis.
Inflation in Pakistan during January 2020 was the highest recorded since December 2010, according to a research by the United Kingdom-based financial forecasting and advisory group Economist Intelligence Unit.
The research further indicated that the rise in the prices of everyday items during the first month of 2020 was higher than expected, and led to a rise in inflation across Pakistan, breaking a decade-old record in the process.