ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Senator Syed Shibli Faraz has said that the federal cabinet will donate its one month salary to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for COVID-19.
Briefing media persons regarding cabinet meeting on Tuesday, which held in the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Shibli Faraz said the federal cabinet made the gesture in view of the prevalent situation and difficulties faced by the people.
The minister said the cabinet welcomed the induction of new Minister for Information Technology Aminul Haque.
He said the Prime Minister listened to the suggestions given by various cabinet members. The minister said the cabinet deliberated on the issue of ban on import of goods from India, except life-saving drugs. The Prime Minister directed to make sure that there is no violation of this ban.
He said the cabinet discussed various agenda items of national and international importance, besides discussing situation arising out of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
He said that National Coordination Committee will decide on Wednesday whether the coronavirus lockdown should be eased after May 9 or not.
He said that Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar told the cabinet that a meeting will be held in the National Command and Operations Centre on Wednesday to develop a consensus on easing lockdown restrictions.
The country has been under a lockdown since the last week of March in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On April 24, the federal government had extended it till May 9. The virus has so far killed 505 people while the number of known cases has jumped to 21,838 in Pakistan.
The information minister said the cabinet has also granted permission to export hand sanitizers that are being made in Pakistan.
Senator Faraz urged people to keep taking precautionary measures, even if the lockdown is eased because the virus can make a more dangerous comeback.
The minister said industries will have to ensure safety of their workers if they are allowed to resume operations in the coming days. – TLTP