Public should feel the relief brought by lower petroleum prices: PM Imran
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured the donations in PM’s Relief Fund for Covid-19 will be transparently disbursed amongst the deserving families affected by the breakout of Coronavirus.
He was speaking here on Saturday after launching a web portal to register and provide assistance to those who have lost their jobs due to lockdown. The Prime Minister said he is personally monitoring the relief fund and its details will be shared with the public after audit.
He said the government will contribute four rupees for each rupee donated to the relief fund. He said our aim is to reach out the maximum number of people during these testing times.
Giving details of the web portal, Imran Khan said those who have lost jobs due to lockdown can get themselves registered on the ehsaaslabour.nadra.gov.pk to get the assistance of twelve thousand rupees. He asked the volunteers and Tiger Force to help these people get them registered on the website.
He said the registered people will be scrutinized and the cash assistance will be given to the qualifying ones. He said the cash assistance will be given totally on merit irrespective of the political affiliations of the recipients.
The Prime Minister said eighty-one billion rupees have been disbursed under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program to 6.8 million poor and deserving families over a period of three weeks.
He said we have substantially reduced the prices of petroleum products which are currently the lowest in the sub-continent. He said he has directed the provincial chief secretaries to ensure that the benefit of this decline in petroleum prices is also reflected in the prices of essential commodities.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said the general public should feel some relief after petroleum prices were slashed thanks to a global slump in demand amid the coronavirus crisis.
The premier, in a statement, noted that inflation had previously risen in line with increases in the prices of petroleum products. “After the significant reduction in oil prices, it will be ensured that rates of other items are also decreased,” the Prime Minister added.
He said the government, with the cooperation of district administrations, will initiate action against illegal profiteering. He said prices of items will be brought down under any circumstances, and strict action will be taken against those who do not comply.