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Pakistan PM Khan says helping the needy and poor is a top priority

APP/Islamabad
Filed on August 26, 2020
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(Reuters)

PM today chaired a meeting over the government's system of providing subsidy on basic commodities of life.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said that it was their foremost duty and top priority to enable the weak and poverty-stricken segments of society to meet their basic requirements.

The prime minister was chairing a meeting over the government's system of providing subsidy on basic commodities of life to the needy and low-income groups more effective, the PM office media wing in a press release said.

The meeting was attended by the PM's Special Assistant on Social Protection Dr SaniaNishtar, secretary finance, chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA)and other senior officials.

The meeting considered various proposals for further improvement in the government's system for provision of subsidised basic commodities to the poor and low-income groups ofthe society.

The prime minister directed his special assistant on social protection, secretary finance and Utility Stores corporation to give final shape to the proposals regarding provision of targeted subsidy on the basic daily-use items for the poor and low-income group.

Addressing the meeting, the prime minister further said that government was striving to ensure this system functioned more effectively, transparently and well-targeted.

It was also being ensured that amount from the government's exchequer should be spent judiciously, he added.

The prime minister regretted that in the past, the deficiencies in the system to provide subsidies were completely neglected due to which undeserving segments in the society also took undue advantage from it.

 


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