ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has approved the Emergency Cash Assistance for the labour class whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meeting of the ECC was held in Islamabad, with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in the chair.
The prime minister on May 3 had announced that the amount collected through PM’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Assistance Fund 2020 would be used to assist the labourers whose livelihood had been affected due to lockdown.
Cash disbursement of 12,000 rupees (one time assistance) will be made to the eligible applicants through existing payment mechanism of Benazir Income Support Program. Provinces, AJK, GB and ICT will be allocated quota in Ehsaas Labour assistance in accordance with their population share.
Meanwhile, addressing a meeting held in Islamabad to discuss budgetary outlook for the next financial year, Adviser to PM on Finance and Revenue, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has called for demonstration of fiscally responsible attitude as corona led impacts are expected to deeply distort economic fabric of Pakistan.
He also called on all the federal ministries and divisions to have innovative and out of box brainstorming to achieve further cost cutting, along with efficient utilization of meager budgetary resources.