ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan on Wednesday said the government’s multi-billion economic package reflected its compassion for the poor and the nation.
“It is a comprehensive and the best package to deal with challenge posed by coronavirus keeping in view the problems of different segments of the society,” she said in a series of tweets.
The SAPM pointed out that under this package, 200 billion rupees had been allocated for the laborer class and 150 billion rupees for the poor.
She said 100 billion rupees refund to exporters would help the export industry and it will have positive impact on the economy. Another 100 billion rupees for the agriculture and small and medium enterprise will help improve their productivity, she maintained.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said allocation of 50 billion rupees to the Utility Stores was aimed at providing quality items to the people at reduce rates. 280 billion rupees had been earmarked for the official procurement of wheat. She said petroleum product prices had been reduced by 15 rupees.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday announced to slash prices on petrol, diesel and kerosene oil by 15 rupees a litre.
PM Imran said this while announcing economic package for poor segment of Pakistan. Oil prices would be further reduced if the prices remained the same in the global markets, the federal government announced.
The premier said 200 billion rupees would be given for welfare of labour. For export industry, he announced that tax refunds of 100 billion rupees would be disbursed immediately. While principal and interest payments of exports will be deferred on exports, he said.
Separately talking to a news channel, Firdous Ashiq Awan urged all political parties to join hands with the government in fight against coronavirus pandemic.
She said the politicians should bury their differences in the larger national interests.
The special assistant said curfew was the last option of the government and if curfew was imposed, the labourers would be affected more than others.