PTI govt’s three years in office: A story of more pains than gains

By: News Desk      Published: 02:56 PM, 26 Aug, 2021
PTI govt’s three years in office: A story of more pains than gains
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On completion of three years in office (2018-21), Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to highlight the key achievements of his PTI-led government; however, the ground realities will definitely bite into ‘all-is-good’ mantra being parroted by cabinet ministers for many days now.

Inflation is one such issue that has left a painful impact on almost every Pakistani who strives to make ends meet.

Electricity and essential commodities prices rose phenomenally since the PTI government took charge in August 2018, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

As it is said the bigger the claim, the better should be the evidence and here the evidence is visible all over the country. One such example in the electricity rates which were raised by 25 times since the PTI government came into power. 

The power tariff that was Rs9 per unit in 2018 has now been powered up to Rs23 per unit. A similar pattern was observed in petroleum prices. In 2018, petrol was available for Rs97.76 per litre but now it has reached Rs119.80 per litre.

The most-sour case of this government was the price of sugar which went from Rs55-59 in 2018 up to Rs105.51 per kg now. 

A US dollar had traded for Rs123 against the Pakistani rupee in August 2018 and now it has crossed Rs166 against the Pakistani currency. 

The price of ghee and cooking oil, an essential item for every household, the price saw a 100 percent increase from Rs150 per kg in 2018 to Rs300 per kg price in August 2021. 

The price of 20kg flour bag increased to Rs362 per bag in the three years of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government.

LGP cylinder price increased by over Rs530 in the three-year tenure of the incumbent government. 

Ministers’ portfolios

In the three-year tenure of the government, four ministers were changed/replaced in the finance ministry, food ministry, information and broadcasting ministry and industries.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) saw six new chairmen in three years while four new bosses of the Board of Investment (BOI) and countless secretaries were transferred to federal ministries too.  

The Prime Minister is due to launch the three-year performance report at the Convention Centre Islamabad, carrying each ministry and division’s ‘efforts’ in facilitating the common man in line with the vision of Naya Pakistan.

The Report 2018-21 has been compiled by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the patronage of its head Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and it focuses the accomplishments the government has made despite the global economic recession in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 251-page Report gives an outline of the achievements of 44 public bodies including ministries, divisions and departments, through infographics and relevant facts and figures.

The report emphasized that on assumption of power in August 2018, the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government faced numerous ‘inherited challenges. However, in three years, the journey of development has added several feathers in the cap of the government.

The Report is available for public information at the official website of Directorate of Electronic Media and Publication.