Imran Khan distributes food parcels among the poor in Islamabad on Wednesday. Twitter photo
Gulf Today Report
In a bid to provide relief to the poor, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that the government will give direct subsidy to 30 million families across the country.
Addressing the launching ceremony of the "No one Sleeps Hungry” programme in Islamabad, Imran said that the 30 million deserving families will be given direct subsidy from June this year.
Talking about the "Koi Bhoka Na Soye” (No one sleeps Hungry) programme, the prime minister said that under the initiative, labourers and deserving people on roads will be provided food through mobile trucks in an honourable way.
Initially, the Ehsas Food Trucks are being operated in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and at a later stage, this programme will be further expanded to other parts of the country, he added. He said that the programme was a step towards a welfare state, which always cares for its poor and deserving people.
The government will give direct subsidy to 30 million families across the country.
"I always feel happy to see that deserving people are given shelter and food with honour and dignity at various Panahgahs established across Pakistan,” the prime minister added. He advised to maintain the quality of food being served at shelter homes and through Ehsas mobile trucks.
On the occasion, the prime minister said that the government will also introduce a direct subsidy programme for the farmers to boost the agriculture sector.
The Prime Minister also announced to launch a subsidy programme by June this year under which money will directly be transferred to the accounts of 30 million families. He said it will enable the poor and deserving people to procure kitchen items.
Imran said similarly direct subsidy will be provided to farmers so that they can procure fertilisers and other agricultural inputs. He said this programme will also be launched in June this year.
Briefing the Prime Minister Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar said the mobile trucks will deliver food at designated points in the twin cities. She said this programme is being executed with the cooperation of Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal.
The prime minister termed the signing of performance agreements a step in the right direction, and said the performance of each ministry will be evaluated based on the contracts and every ministry will put pressure on itself to meet its targets.
"We had a very difficult two years. We didn't have foreign exchange and couldn't pay our debts. We have avoided a huge crisis because we didn't default (payments). But I know it hasn't been easy for the people, I understand the difficulties they faced and still are facing,” he said in a televised address to the nation.
Prime minister makes remarks while inaugurating various development projects in his native Mianwali. Imran says he will not disappoint the masses and the country will be transformed into a great nation for which it was created.
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