CM Balochistan demands for subsidy in gas, electric bills
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan said that the provincial government had requested the federal government to provide special subsidy in gas and electricity bills for Balochistan in order to decrease their financial difficulties. Talking to the media here at the Governor House, he said due to the ongoing lockdown, the business activities across the country had been affected, causing financial difficulties for the common man, particularly the working class.
"Poverty in Balochistan is higher than other provinces whereas overall economic situation is under severe pressure due to the coronavirus", he said.
He said he had also requested the Prime Minister to double the number of Benazir Income Support Programme's (BISP) beneficiaries from 0.6 to 1.2 million.
The chief minister said he had also sought the assistance of Federal Government in the procurement of wheat so that the province did not face food shortage.
He said there was a possibility that the province would receive reduced funds from the Centre.
They would approach the federal government regarding the NFC award, he added.
Mir Jam Kamal said it was inevitable to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some 8,000 Pakistanis, visas of most of them were expiring, were returning to the country.
He said there were seven quarantine centers, where facilities would be further improved for controlling of the coronavirus. The provincial government was trying to establish permanent quarantine centres at Taftan on the Pak-Iran border, he added.
CM said any decision regarding lockdown would be taken on April 14 after taking on the ground situation of coronavirus in the province. - APP