PM Directs To Take Strict Action Against Those Who Inflate Prices
Prime Minister Imran Khan stopped the spokespersons from talking about the opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and asked them to highlight the government’s performance instead of responding to the opposition’s statements.
According to details, a meeting of government ministers and party spokespersons was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan in which the current political, economic and Coronavirus situation of the country was discussed in detail.
The Prime Minister directed Party leaders and spokespersons to keep an eye on inflation.
“Our government is taking serious steps against inflation,” said the Prime Minister.
Shahzad Akbar gave a briefing on legislation regarding basic food items.
Hamad Azhar briefed the meeting on the economic situation in the country
The Prime Minister directed to highlight the achievements of the government of the last two and a half years.
“Indiscriminate action will be taken against those who inflate prices,” PM said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that for the first time comprehensive action is being taken against Sugar Mafia.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister approved the enactment of a one-window operation law against bookies and set up a special committee on media matters.
The committee includes Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Shibli Faraz, Faisal Wawda and Yousuf Baig Mirza. The committee will meet on a daily basis to discuss government performance and statements.
It is pertinent to mention here that the National Price Control Committee has taken steps to control inflation, as per the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Prime Minister will chair the Price Control Committee meeting four times a month to ensure the supply of food items at government rates.
It has also been decided to create cheap markets on a permanent basis in the PTI-ruled provinces.
In addition, it has been decided to give the task of controlling inflation to the Chief Secretaries, according to which the Chief Secretaries will be responsible for measures at the divisional and district level.
Note that, inflation for the first time in the first month of the new year came to the level where the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government met in August 2018, after hitting a high of 14% early last year.
On the other hand, the opposition criticizes the government for the government’s economic mismanagement, which has reduced the GDP to 0.4 per cent, compared to 5.8 per cent in the PML-N government.
The opposition says the government has raised the inflation rate from 4% to 14%.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast Pakistan’s economic growth to be 1.5 per cent this year, while the government has set a target of 2.3 per cent for the fiscal year 2021.
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