Federal govt should bear cost of SMSes being sent under Ehsas program: Sindh minister
KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said that it was extremely regrettable that mobile companies were deducting the balances of all those needy people who were sending messages to receive cash under the federal government’s announced Ehsas program.
He requested the federal government to take immediate action in this regard so that poor people who were already suffering immensely after the lockdown announced in the wake of the spread of the Corona virus would not suffer any more. He said that the federal government should bear the costs of all the SMSes being sent under Ehsas program.
Shah said that the federal government should immediately direct the mobile companies to not deduct the balance of the sender of the messages under the Ehsas Program.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Information said that the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country was extremely alarmingly. The first case of the coronavirus was reported in the country on February 26, and such cases toll had now reached thousand in 29 days, while in the last two days, there were an increase of 864 new infected patients in the country.
“The rapid increase in the number of coronavirus affected patients is a matter of great concern,” he said.
Shah said the situation could worsen if people did not take precautionary measures and did not follow the government’s announced health advisory. The minister said that it was not possible to get rid of the pandemic, unless the people fully followed the lockdown.
He urged the people to follow the directives of the government and refrain from leaving their homes except for any emergency. Shah said it was feared that the number of people affected by the coronavirus would increase by thousands in three days. The
information minister said that the situation was serious and they had to recognize it and take precautionary measures accordingly before long, or else, it would be late. - PPI