The PTI-led federal government has decided to start the Phase-II of Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program to financially assist the impoverished segment of the society that has been most affected following the Coronavirus outbreak.
The decision has been taken in the meeting of the federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan held on Tuesday in Islamabad.
Addressing the media after the meeting, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator, Shibli Faraz, said that Rs. 150 billion have been distributed among the impoverished families during the Phase-I of the Ehsaas Program.
Advisor to PM Imran Khan on Finance and Revenue, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, has received the green signal from the PM to start the implementation of Phase-II of the cash assistance program.
Shibli added that international observers have lauded PTI government’s Ehsaas Cash Emergency Program for its apolitical character and transparency.
COVID-19 and Eid-ul-Azha
The federal government has directed all district administrations to strictly ensure compliance with SOPs to contain the Coronavirus from spreading on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
As PM Imran Khan has already announced to celebrate Eid at his home, the public should also follow the PM’s decision to help contain the viral infection, the minister urged the masses.
Shibli said that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has been at the heart of Pakistan’s fight against the Coronavirus.
Pakistan had just 2 Coronavirus testing laboratories when the disease first broke out in the country in February. However, NCOC has managed to increase that number to 129.
The country also faced an acute shortage of PPEs during the early days of the outbreak. But now Pakistan has become self-sufficient in PPEs. Moreover, Pakistan is exporting locally developed PPEs around the world all thanks to NCOC.