The decision was shared by the Prime Minister to ensure fair distribution of funds to the deserving people of Pakistan. Registration will be open from 31st March, 2020 on Prime Minister’s Citizen Portal.
After the confirmation of some new cases of Corona Virus, The federal government instructed the concerned authorities to seal off the areas of Bhara Kahu, Chak Shehzad and Rimsha colony in Islamabad, some areas of Sadiqabad, Satellite town B-Block (Rawalpindi), Mohrah Akkrah (Sohawa) and Manga village (Charsadda). Moreover, vehicles have also been banned on highways and motorways whereas the exception involve those involved in freight transportation.
25,000 face masks and 10,000 hand sentizers can be produced pr day in Pakistan
The government and NDMA are putting their untiring efforts to win the war against Covid-19 and 30,000 boxes of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are in their way to completion to be provided to the health professionals who are treating the patients of this fatal outbreak. Another good news is related to the capability of production of face masks and hand sanitizers at local level that Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF) has attained. According to the sources, 25,000 face masks and 10,000 liters of hand sanitizers will be produced in Pakistan on daily basis. Moreover, orders to purchase kits for 1-million tests have been placed by NDMA.
In an important development, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet approved a supplementary grant of Rs. 5 billion for the NDMA to make emergency arrangements against Corona Virus. Chaired by the Advisor to PM on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh the committee approved three other grants for civil work, FATA temporarily displaced persons (TDP) emergency recovery project and the Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Programme. These grants were basically a part of government package to provide relief against the impacts of Corona Virus.
Four month stipend @ RS. 3000/month will be paid to the deserving people as a lump-sum amount
The grant will be used to provide logistic support and equipment like respirators and face masks to the health workers
The detail of supplementary grants is as follows:
Rs. 5 billion: To NDMA for logistics and emergency arrangements against Covid-19
Rs. 275 million: To Ministry of Housing and Works for capital outlay for civil works
Rs. 84.32 million: To NADRA for FATA -TDP Emergency Recovery Project
Rs. 5.5 billion: To Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Programme
The Finance Division has also issued a document that brought some good news for the low income groups in the form of stipend as announced by the Prime Minister. The document read that under this relief package the Government will pay a four month stipend or Rs. 12,000 (4×3000) in a lump sum. An amount of Rs. 144 billion is reserved for the package in addition to the already allocated funds for poor under programme, “EHSAAS”. The Prime Minister also announced a package of Rs. 200 billion for daily waged workers however the distribution strategy is yet to be finalized. Five out of ten million people are already taking the monthly stipend under “EHSAAS KAFALAT” whereas three million people have monthly income of Rs. 20,000. The remaining two million people are daily waged workers who are not registered with EHSAAS.
PM Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar shared that the programme will be SMS based and soon the messages will be sent to the phones of already registered persons so that they may collect an amount of Rs. 12,000 from HBL and Bank Alfalah Limited. Non-registered low-income group people can also be included in the package simply by sending their CNIC numbers to the designated mobile phone numbers. After going through various verification and filtration steps, the eligible people will be intimated through SMS to collect their amount from the designated banks.