PM Khan announces special economic measures amid coronavirus lockdown

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 24, 2019. - Khan said Tuesday that both the United States and Saudi Arabia asked him to mediate with Iran to defuse tensions. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Islamabad (HRNW) Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a special economic package to help the people amid the coronavirus lockdown in the country.

“We have decided to allocate Rs200 billion for labourers,” PM Khan told journalists in Islamabad. He said the federal government was in contact with businesspersons and provincial governments to help the daily wagers.

The premier said the government was cutting the cost of petroleum products by Rs15 with immediate effect. The government has allocated Rs150 billion for poor families and each of them will be given Rs3000 per month, he said.

“If I were in Italy or France, I would not have any problems in imposing the curfew,” PM Khan said. “But our country is different. When I think about daily wagers, I think how we would provide them food.”

He said the government was trying to expand shelter homes in the country because the current ones were overcrowded. “We are checking the people and providing them food,” he added.

The premier also announced Rs100 billion tax refunds for businesses and industries. Rs100 billion have been allocated for small, medium industries and the agriculture sector. They will also be given loans.

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