Punjab govt transfers Rs500m from Corona Fund to Naya Pakistan Housing project
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As Punjab is multiple challenges related to the health sector which have been multiplied by the ongoing pandemic, the Usman Buzdar-led government decided to allocate a huge chunk of money from the Corona Combat Fund to the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme.
Hence, Chief Minister Buzdar instead of allocating more amount for the health services approved transferring Rs500 million to the housing venture which is being showcased by Prime Minister Imran Khan as a model project.
The provincial finance department confirmed the news and said the amount would be utilized for constructing housing units for the people from low-income groups.
Officials said a total amount of Rs10 billion had been reserved for the Corona Combat Fund which would be spent on welfare projects other than the health sector too.
They added that the low-cost houses would be constructed for the low-income groups in five districts of Punjab.
It is worrying news given the fact that the PTI has already shut various initiatives launched by the PML-N government in the health sector.
Moreover, Pakistan reported 545 new coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours (Wednesday) amid the fears that the infection rate could again increase as educational institutions reopened across the country this week.
That’s why the National Command and Operation Centre said 22 educational facilities were shut in the country in the past two days after reporting new cases and not following the SOPs defined by the government.
The latest official figures released on Thursday morning showed the overall number of the coronavirus cases in the country has now reached 303,634 out of which 98,041 were reported in Punjab.