Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the world community to formulate a combined strategy to protect the vulnerable segments of the society especially the labourers from the impacts of Covid-19.
He was addressing an online ILO Global Summit on Covid-19 and the World of Work.
Speaking about the efforts done by his government to stem the spread of the virus and to make sure the labour force of the country does not go hungry, the prime minister said, “We decided that the government needed to transfer cash to the informal part of the labour. Those who were registered, we asked the employers to keep them employed. But the ones who were not, we helped them through Ehsaas programme.”
“Never in the country’s history was so much money transferred to so many people in a short time,” he remarked. “This saved us from some of the worst aspects of the crisis. Unlike in India, where they imposed a curfew which pushed people into deeper poverty.”
The online gathering of world leaders, heads of international organizations, employers, and workers will discuss the ways to address the economic and social impacts of the Pandemic.
The International Labour Organization is organizing the event.