Islamabad: Taking notice of the increase in prices of food items, Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the concerned ministries to present viable solutions to reduce the prices of food items.
At a meeting on measures to bring relief to the people and reduce prices of goods, the Prime Minister said that he would like to call a meeting of the ministers on January 18 in this regard.
It is to be noted that due to transport strike on Sindh tax hike, the supply of tomatoes to Punjab was stopped due to which the price of tomatoes in Punjab and Islamabad reached Rs 160 per kg.
The tomato crop in Punjab will be ripe in March and April, so tomatoes are being supplied from Sindh markets.
At the meeting, a senior food ministry official said that tomato prices will drop next week after the transporters strike is over.
He said that the supply of potatoes from Punjab would start vigorously at the end of this month and in February, which would reduce its cost.
Regarding the meeting, sources told that the Prime Minister expressed concern over the increase in prices and directed the ministries to take measures to bring real relief to the people.
According to sources, the Prime Minister said that he wants to convene a detailed meeting to control the prices of goods needed to provide relief to the people.
The official statement after the meeting stated that despite all the economic difficulties, the government is doing everything possible to bring maximum relief to the people. He emphasized that providing relief to the common man is the only government of the present. Priority.
The Prime Minister also directed all concerned ministries to submit a detailed report regarding the measures taken to provide relief to the public within two days.
He said that the government was well aware that in the most difficult country economic conditions, the reform process to improve the economy was a problem for the people and especially for the low income and the poor.
Referring to the steps taken to provide relief to the people, the Prime Minister said that the government has allocated Rs. 90 billion for the Emotion Program and Rs. 7 lakh 20 thousand insurance will be provided to poor families through Health Justice Card. Has been
He added that the government had provided Rs 7 billion to the utility stores to reduce the prices of essential items.
The above subsidies are being given on 5 food items including rice, sugar, flour, oil/ghee and pulses.