ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced to lift restrictions on goods transport across the country with immediate effect.
Addressing a group of news anchorpersons in Islamabad, he said it was necessary to meet the challenges of food supply and economy of the country.
Imran Khan said all the provinces were formulating a mechanism to ensure that food industry was operational. He said the government was trying its best not to spread panic and take a decision as a result of any panic.
The prime minister said he was going to start registration for ‘Corona Relief Tigers’ on Mar 31. This force would be led and run by youth and other volunteers, he said. “The Tigers will be responsible for delivering food at doorsteps in case the number of coronavirus cases rise,” he maintained.
He said the government was also going to establish ‘Coronavirus Relief Fund’ by overseas Pakistanis. It would be a donation account for poor and neglected segment of the society. The government will also transfer cash to the account for relief of masses.
High-level meeting decides not to increase gas prices
A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday decided not to increase gas prices to facilitate the consumers.
Talking to media after the meeting, Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said the Prime Minister directed Minister for Energy to chalk out a comprehensive mechanism for bringing out institutional reforms in the gas sector.
She said the industrial sector will be supplied gas through LNG and other sources.
The Prime Minister also emphasized to work on alternative means and methods for ensuring uninterrupted supply of gas to people in the rural areas.