Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the provision of relief to low-income segments of the society and adhering to their basic needs, was the foremost responsibility of the state.
Chairing a meeting regarding the provision of relief to low-income groups, he said the government was trying its level best and committed to ensuring meeting basic requirements of low-income segments of the society.
The prime minister said the government would assist the families having less than Rs 25,000 monthly income in purchase of ration where the poorest of poor families would be provided with flour, ghee, pulses, sugar and other essential items.
The prime minister also directed his finance and economic team to allocate amount for ration in the upcoming budget. He said the government was providing subsidy to provide basic essential commodities through utility stores network so that such people could easily purchase flour, ghee, sugar, and pulses like daily-use commodities on affordable prices.
The prime minister directed to deliberate upon the proposals to provide further relief to the low-income people so that doable proposals could be possibly implemented.
About Shelter Homes and Ehsaas Kitchens Programme of the present government, the prime minister said this programme was practical manifestation of government’s commitment to assist and take care of the down-trodden segments of the society.
The prime minister appreciated partnership of private sector and well-off people with the government in this noble cause to assist the helpless and weak segments of the society.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Advisor on Finance Dr Abdul Hafiz Shaikh, Advisor on Reforms Dr Isharat Hussain, Special Assistant on Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar, former finance minister Shaukat Tareen and senior officials.