Govt making all out efforts to overcome global challenge of COVID-19: Asad

Published: 09:27 PM, 28 Apr, 2020
Govt making all out efforts to overcome global challenge of COVID-19: Asad
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Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said that like other countries of the world, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was also making all out efforts to control further outspread of coronavirus in the country.

Speaking during a private news channel programme here on Tuesday, Asad Umar said that the government was making best possible efforts to overcome this global challenge despite meager financial and medical resources.

He admitted that there was vacuum in the health and education sectors and government was struggling to bridge this gap with better management. After the 18th Amendment, the subject of health and education was being handled by the provincial governments, he added.

Commenting on making some changes in 18th and 19th Amendment by PTI government, the Minister Planning and Development said the direction of the previous governments for passing 18th Amendment was correct, but there were some lacuna, which need to be reviewed with consultation of the political parties.

About the will of the Prime Minister on resolving the issues of poverty, unemployment and economy, he said Imran Khan had full determination and commitment to streamline the system.

Asad Umar said space being observed in the field of health and education would be filled with better strategy and policy. About lack of coordination, he said all the representatives of the provincial governments had been participating in the meetings of NCOC.

About shuffle in the Information Ministry, the Minister said that the Prime Minister having enlightened vision had chosen intellectual personalities as Senator Shibli Faraz and Lt Gen (Retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa.

Asad Umar said that old workers of PTI had welcomed Senator Shibli Faraz for new assignment in the Information Ministry. About Lt Gen (Retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, he said that the person had a credit to set foundation of the modern Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). He said Asim Saleem Bajwa was a competent person and well aware about media related work.