Govt to provide free flour to 1m people of Islamabad in Holy Ramazan: PM
March 13, 2023 08:53 PM
In a major step for relief of the lower and middle-income class, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Monday decided that the federal government would distribute wheat flour among one million residents of Islamabad free of charge during the Holy Ramazan.
The prime minister, chairing a high-level meeting to discuss the measures for reducing the impact of inflation on the lower and middle-income classes, said the government was striving to minimise the difficulties faced by the said income groups.
He also invited the provincial governments of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to become part of the scheme.
The prime minister instructed the authorities concerned to take advantage of modern technology to ensure transparency in the distribution of free wheat flour.
The meeting was told that as per the prime minister’s directives, a program for supply of free wheat flour in the outskirts of Islamabad during the Holy Ramazan was in final stage that would benefit around 150,000 households in the federal capital.
The prime minister also principally decided to provide petrol for the motorcycle and rickshaws drivers on reduced rates as a program for their relief had been designed. At the meeting, different proposals were put forward regarding the program.
The prime minister directed the relevant officers to finalise and submit the program as the government would take all possible steps to protect the low and middle-income groups against inflation.
Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Advisor to Prime Minister Ahad Cheema, State Minister for Petroleum Dr Musaddik Malik and relevant senior officers attended the meeting.
Around 15.8m Punjab households to get free wheat flour in Ramazan: PM
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said that around 15.8 million households in Punjab province would be distributed wheat flour free of charge during the Holy Ramazan.
The prime minister, who chaired a meeting to review the free distribution of flour under Ramazan Package, said it was for the first time in country’s history that a package for distribution of free wheat flour had been prepared.
He said the wheat flour would be distributed from 25th of Sha’ban to 25th of Ramazan through 8,500 Utility Stores. Moreover, another 20,000 flour distribution points would also be set up to facilitate the people.
The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to ensure transparency in the distribution of free flour among the poor and instructed to use modern technology to curb theft during the process. Moreover, he said no compromise would be made on the quality of flour.
He said the people would be able to check their eligibility for the free wheat flour through an SMS.
The prime minister said the federal government would also assist the other provinces for such a program.
The representative of the Punjab government gave a detailed briefing to the prime minister on the free flour distribution program during the Holy Ramazan.
Caretake Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, Advisor to PM Ahad Cheema and relevant senior officers attended the meeting.