Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan is facing the challenge of poverty along with the issue of Novel coronavirus and government institutions need to play a vibrant role in this crisis.
Prime Minister chaired a high level meeting to review the measures taken in industry and commerce, energy and to provide relief to poor segments of society in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
The Premier said government will take all-out steps to provide possible relief to people and every sector of the economy in difficult hour in the face of Coronavirus breakout.
During the meeting special Assistant on Social Protection Dr. Sania Nishtar gave a detailed briefing to the Prime Minister regarding steps taken to provide relief to vulnerable segments in the context of prevailing situation.
He also directed the Minister for National Food Security to keep an eye on the availability of essential items in the country and to ensure that there is no shortage of flour, pulses, rice, ghee and sugar.
PM Imran also called for constituting a special committee comprising federal and provincial authorities to monitor the situation of food on daily basis and present its recommendations.
Earlier today, Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the Prime Minister renewed his pledge to ensure delivery of ration and food supplies to deserving poor families across the country at their doorsteps.
The Special Assistant said due to ongoing lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus, national economy affected and chain of daily use items has slowed down.
She said the Prime Minister advised Minister for National Food Security to ensure availability of food items, including flour.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said there no shortage of edible items in the country and the committee expressed the resolve to treat hoarders and profiteers with an iron hand.