Govt launches relief programme for daily wagers, small businesses

By: News Desk
Published: 02:59 PM, 27 Apr, 2020
Govt launches relief programme for daily wagers, small businesses
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The federal government is launching a portal to provide relief worth Rs75 billion to benefit common workers and daily wagers, who lost their jobs due to coronavirus.

Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday, said Ministry of Industries and Ehsaas Programme will jointly launch this portal after getting federal cabinet’s nod.

The Minister said labourers and daily wagers can get themselves registered by accessing the portal and filling the requisite information there.

The Minister said under the programme 12,000 rupees each will be distributed among four to six million people, which will be additional to 12 million Ehsas beneficiaries. He said this process can be completed in around three minutes.

Hammad said the government was also going to introduce PM Programme for small businesses, under which the government will pay their electricity bill for three months.

He said small businesses having commercial connection of less than five kilowatt and industrial consumers less than 70 kilowatt can benefit from this initiative.

He said 95 percent commercial and 80 percent industrial connection holders will be benefited of this facility.

He said around 3.5 million people running small businesses like tailor shops, small markets, and industrial units will take advantage of this initiative. He said this programme will equally be available for the people of Azad Kashmir as well.