‘Foremost priority is to provide maximum relief to poor’: PM

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

15th Feb, 2021. 10:41 pm
PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan has on Monday directed the government economic team to suggest out-of-box solutions for reducing burden of indirect taxes and to ensure balance between state revenue and expenditure.

Chairing a meeting on steps to bring down prices of essential commodities in Islamabad, the premier directed Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to minutely look into wheat procurement process and various administrative costs that are contributing towards raising the prices of wheat.

The Prime Minister said his foremost priority is to provide maximum relief to the poor segments of society. He said every effort should be made to lessen burden of indirect taxes and provide relief to the people.

Discussing wheat and flour prices, the Prime Minister directed that every single penny, being spent in unnecessary administrative expenditures, must be saved.

Finance Minister apprised the Prime Minister that a comprehensive and efficient plan is being prepared for wheat procurement and rationalization of administrative costs involved in the process.

SAPM Dr Waqar Masood briefed the Prime Minister about duty structure on imported edible oil and pulses. He also presented a comparative analysis with other regional countries.

On the other hand, PM Imran has directed to finalize the proposed education policy at the earliest in consultation with provinces and other stakeholders to formulate a comprehensive roadmap in line with the requirements of modern times to promote education.

Reiterating his resolve to take every possible measure for the promotion of education in the country, Imran Khan said education is the top priority of the government.

He said unfortunately, focus was not made on the education sector in past. He said majority of the country’s population consists of young people, whose potential can only be tapped by providing them equal opportunities for modern education.

He said it is vital to equip the youth with modern education to benefit from technology’s revolution.

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