People’s purchasing power increased 37%: official

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11th Aug, 2021. 02:47 pm

BAHAWALPUR: The purchasing power of the people has increased 37 per cent due to the dynamic policies of the federal government, an official said.

Addressing a news conference, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shehbaz Gill said that according to the statistics, the purchasing power of common people in Pakistan has increased 37 per cent in comparison with the previous regimes.

Owing to the dynamic policies introduced by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, the purchasing power of the farmers’ community has increased 46 per cent after the country obtained record agricultural yields.

“It is evidence of [an] increase in [the] purchasing power of [the] people that record sales of vehicles and motorcycles were reported during [the] current year,” he said.

Gill said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was expected to visit Bahawalpur on Wednesday (today) where he would address the Kisaan Convention and inaugurate the agricultural research institutes and other mega projects.

The farmers were ignored and neglected in the previous regimes; however, he said, the premier paid special attention towards the issues and problems being confronted by the farmers.

“[The] credit goes to Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking stern action against sugar mills mafia and other mafias who were victimising [the] farmers for [the] last several years,” he added.

Due to the actions taken by the prime minister and the policies introduced by the PTI government, the farmers got payment from sugar mills without any delay.

Gill said that now the government has been delivering Kisaan Cards to the farmer community to provide them subsidies and other benefits directly.

“In order to curb corruption in the agricultural subsidy system, the government [has] decided to issue Kisaan Cards to farmers,” he said.

The prime minister has designed policies related to the agriculture sector in consultation with the farmers, Gill said, and the country got record yields of wheat, rice, corn and other agricultural products.

“Now, Pakistan is getting its agricultural needs locally, besides it is exporting agricultural products,” he said.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry ensured payment of tens of millions of rupees to media outlet owners under the head of advertisements, he said and urged the media organisations to increase salaries of their workers. The special assistant said the journalists would get health cards by December.

Punjab Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi said that the PTI government paid special attention to bring development in the agriculture sector.

The agriculture budget has been increased to Rs35 billion from Rs15 billion. Prime Minister Imran Khan introduced a five-year package for the agriculture sector. “A sum of Rs300 billion was allocated by the government to bring economic revolution in [the] agriculture sector of the country,” he added.

Gardezi said that the Bahawalpur region was neglected by the previous regimes but the present government has paid special attention to this region to make it a developed one.

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