Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government cannot be a silent spectator on the woes of the poor people, so the government will go to every extent to provide relief to the people.
According to a statement released on social networking website Facebook, a meeting was held to provide relief to the people, especially the poor and the salaried, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister's Assistant Special Assistant for Social Security Dr. Sania Nishtar, Chairman Utility Stores Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Federal Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Industry and Production and Social Security Division, MD Utility Store and other senior officers.
The meeting reviewed measures to provide inflation relief to the poor and the salaried and to provide cheaper prices for goods.
Under the plan, an additional subsidy of Rs 10 billion will be provided to provide relief to the poor people with a monthly income of Rs 25-30,000 through 5,000 outlets of Utility Stores Corporation (USC).
Sources added that subsidy of Rs 7 billion is already being provided to utility stores while subsidy of Rs 10 billion will be increased.
The meeting also discussed options for issuing ration cards for the lower-income category, whereby the cardholders will be able to buy basic necessities such as flour, pulses, rice, sugar, ghee and vegetable oil at discounted rates.
Responding to how the government would identify the truly deserving, sources said the data of the National Database and Registry Authority (NADRA), the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) and the government employees of Grade One to 6 On the basis of which the list of eligible persons will be prepared.
He added that eligible people will have data available at all utility stores across the country and that when a person goes shopping, he will be given a thumbs-up, which will automatically have his name as the eligible buyer. The cache will appear on the counter.
Sources added that according to the options, funds have been released for the government's sense program that could be used to provide subsidy to utility stores.
Interestingly, the Prime Minister's Adviser to the President, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, was not present at the meeting, but he was present at a meeting to review arrangements regarding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's address to Pakistan and the Joint Parliament.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that our top priority is the people of Pakistan, especially the poor and the salaried segment.
He said that the government could not become a silent spectator on the woes of the poor people, so the government would go to all levels to provide relief to the people.
According to the statement, the decisions taken by Imran Khan regarding providing relief to the common man will be announced at the cabinet meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).
Remember that in view of the rising inflation in the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan also tweeted yesterday saying that whatever happens the government of PTI, the next steps of the Federal Cabinet have taken various measures to reduce the prices of basic food commodities will announce.
In a statement on Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, "I understand the difficulties that the public, including the salaried class, face. So I have decided that whatever happens, my government on Tuesday (February 11th). The Cabinet will announce various measures to reduce the prices of basic food commodities for the people.
He further said that all the relevant government agencies have begun a comprehensive investigation into the reasons for the increase in the prices of flour and sugar, the responsible people will be fully accounted for and the punishment will be punished.
Remember that last week, the institutional statistics report said inflation rose to 14.6 percent in January, up from 12.6 percent in December last year and 12.6 percent in December last year.
The data released in this regard was attributed to inflation in the month of January, especially in the prices of wheat and flour, pulses, sugar, jaggery and oil.
At the same time, the report said that according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation rose 1.97 percent over the previous month.
It should be noted that the highest inflation rate was recorded at 17% in 08-2007.
According to data released by the company, the increase in prices of food items, especially wheat, flour, pulses, sugar, jaggery and edible oils, led to the rise in inflation in January.
In urban areas, prices of food items increased by 19.5 per cent on an annual basis and 2.7 per cent on a monthly basis in January as compared to 23.8 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively in rural areas.