Forest rangers summoned to ensure the movement of goods transport – Journal
ISLAMABAD: Approving a 1.2 trillion rupee coronavirus relief plan, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday took serious note of the suspension of freight transport in the country despite his earlier order to restore and tasked Sindh Rangers to ensure its implementation by taking the appropriate measures for the movement of trucks and the opening of industries amid a complete lockdown in the province.
The decision was made at a federal cabinet meeting that also approved the issuance of Rs 700 billion of Sukuk Domestic Bonds (DSBs) for three years to provide some support to the economy of the affected country. global coronavirus pandemic and solve the liquidity problem.
âPrime Minister Imran Khan was quite upset that the decision taken by the National Coordinating Committee (NCC), in which all provinces and the main opposition parties are represented, was not implemented in letter and spirit by the government of Sindh by not facilitating the flow of goods. transportation from the commercial center and the port city of the country Karachi, âsaid Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) in charge of information, at a press conference after the cabinet meeting.
She said the NCC had decided that the four provinces and the governments of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan would ensure the movement of goods to ensure an adequate supply of essential food items, but Sindh did not so far not complied with the decision. “The Prime Minister observed that due to the lack of transport of goods, shortages of some basic food products, including wheat flour, were reported in many parts of the country, which also caused a strong increased prices for kitchen items, âshe added. .
âIf the affected industries are still closed due to the lockdown in Sindh and there are no workers and loaders at the port of Karachi, the movement of freight transport will remain suspended. Therefore, the Prime Minister instructed the Rangers to remove all obstacles to the transport of goods, âshe said.
Imran annoyed by the non-cooperation of the government of Sindh in the implementation of the decision of the NCC; Cabinet approves Rs1.2tr coronavirus relief package
In a separate press conference, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar said the prime minister called the 6th meeting of the NCC on Wednesday (today) to again call on provincial governments to implement is implementing the decision regarding the restoration of freight transport and the opening of industries that have been closed due to containment across the country.
Regarding the cabinet decision to approve the issuance of Rs700bn DSB, Dr Awan said such bonds had been issued 19 times in the past by previous governments. âThis is another step towards promoting and improving Islamic banking, which Malaysia has already done successfully. Bonds will solve our liquidity problem, âshe added.
Interestingly, these bonds are issued against a government asset, but the government has not officially mentioned the asset against which it is issuing the bonds. The current government issued such bonds last year against certain highways and national roads.
A source, who attended the cabinet meeting, told Dawn that this time, the Sukuk Bonds were issued against the land at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. However, when Asad Umar, Minister of Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and Dr Awan were contacted, they remained silent on the matter.
The source said the government will get cash [money] of some banks on interest for three years by mortgaging the land at Jinnah International Airport.
Speaking of the coronavirus relief program for the poor and daily wage earners, Dr Awan said 150 billion rupees would be distributed among 12 million families which made up one-third of the country’s total population.
She added that SAPM on Social Welfare Dr Sania Nishtar informed the cabinet of the package and said that a four-month allowance of 12,000 rupees would be given to deserving families through the SMS service as part of the package. from existing data from the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) and via re-registration of the poor and daily bets by the offices of deputy commissioners and provincial governments.
âThe Prime Minister also asked all parties in power [Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf] leaders, deputies and AMPs to help [the government] in a fair and transparent distribution of the relief fund to people in need who have been most affected by the negative impact of the coronavirus on the country’s economy, âshe added.
Dr Awan said the cabinet also approved the adoption of the recommendations and protocols of the International Labor Conference and decided to create a national database of all informal workers and daily bets in the country so that they can be granted the rights due to them, such as health facilities and social and employment guarantees. .
The meeting also called for reforms in sick national entities like Pakistani Railways, Pakistan International Airlines and Federal Board of Revenue, as they had become obligations for the country.
The role of the opposition
Dr Awan said the role of the opposition was not favorable to the government in the current situation where unity among all segments of society was the need of the moment. “Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif is doing nothing to help the nation during the coronavirus crisis and only breathes new life into his politics by wearing a mask and sitting in front of a computer,” he said. -she adds.
The prime minister’s aide said the government invited Shahbaz Sharif to make fruitful suggestions, but criticized the government for mere criticism and not for alleviating the suffering of the people. “He [Shahbaz Sharif] belongs to one of the richest families in the country and therefore he should first deposit something in the Prime Minister’s fund formed to help people during the war against the deadly virus, âshe said added.
Posted in Dawn, April 1, 2020