PM Imran Khan mulls Rs15bn relief package to address the inflation

ISLAMABAD: According to well-placed sources close to the government quarters, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has decided to bring forth a relief package worth 15 billion rupees for the common citizens of Pakistan.
According to details, the package is being brought to curtail the rate of inflation affecting basic commodity items.
Sources revealed that the PM Imran Khan presided over important meetings in Islamabad today to address the issue and consulted the relevantministers and advisers in four separate meetings held back to back.
It was further revealed that the relief package will be disseminated to the general public by means of the utility stores that would provide basic food items and commodities with added discounts.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was heard addressing the people present in the meeting that he would do everything in his power to ensure that the deprived section of the population is looked after, under his leadership, sources added.
Sources further entailed that the prices of the items that will be subsidised would be regularised and scrutinised by the district authorities who would ensure that a proper devolution of the relief package takes place.
The decision to provide subsidised flour to 50,000 registered tandoors was also made in the meeting, the undertaking is also part of the primary relief package, sources went on to add.
The Managing Director of Pakistan’s Utility Stores confirmed the development and said that a relief package was indeed being announced by the federal government.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has already announced a relief package worth 7 billion rupees for countrywide utility stores.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday has said the government will go to any extent to provide relief to the poor and the salaried class.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad which discussed measures to provide relief to the poor and the salaried class and to ensure provision of essential commodities to the people at reduced rates.
The meeting on providing relief against inflation was also attended by PM’s Special Assistant on Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar, Chairman Utility Stores Zulfiqar Ali Khan, federal secretaries of Finance ministry, Commerce ministry and Social Protection Division, Managing Director Utility Stores and other senior officers.
PM Imran said the government will not act as a silent spectator on the difficulties faced by the poor people.
The decisions taken by the Prime Minister to provide relief to the common people will be announced after the cabinet meeting on February 11 (Tuesday).
Meanwhile, British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner, CMG, met the Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, for an introductory call and to discuss matters of mutual interest between the UK and Pakistan.
The British High Commission said Prime Minister Imran
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