Islamabad, 28 February 2020 – Talha Akhtar:
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the government would not allow anybody to put the burden of corruption and administrative mismanagement in institutions on the common man.
The prime minister was chairing a meeting to review the impact of government’s subsidies in various sectors to provide relief to the low-income and downtrodden segments of the society.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Energy Omar Ayub, Minister for Planning Asad Omar, Advisor on Commerce Abdur Razak Dawood, Advisor on Finance Dr Abdul Hafiz Shaikh, Special Assistant to the PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and high officials.
The meeting was briefed about the provision of subsidies by the government in energy, food and fertilizers sectors, besides the Ehsaas programme for social protection, provision of amount and its usage to increase exports, and promotion of higher education.
It was also informed that as a whole Rs 251 billion subsidy was being provided in the energy sector. About Rs 162 billion had been allocated for the current fiscal year to provide subsidy to those domestic consumers who utilized upto 300 electricity units.
Similarly, Rs 8.5 billion was earmarked to provide subsidy for tube wells (agriculture) in Balochistan while Rs 18 billion was being provided to the people of merged tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rs 3 billion to the Azad Jammu and Kashmir. and Rs 25 billion to the K Electric.
To provide electricity and gas to the industrial sector at reasonable rates, Rs 10 billion and Rs 24 billion had been allocated.
The meeting was told that billions of rupees subsidy was being provided to keep prices of wheat and flour in control. Rs 5 billion had been allocated to ensure strategic resources, Rs 8 billion for payment of arrears of wheat in Gilgit-Baltistan, Rs 2.5 billion for the Utility Stores for Ramzan Package and Rs 21 billion subsidy under the head of the Prime Minister Relief Package.
Rs 6 billion had been allocated under the wheat package for Gilgit-Baltistan during the current fiscal year, it was told.
The meeting was informed that Rs 192 billion had been allocated for social protection under the Ehsaas Programme while full details of the amount provided for Kafalat, Waseela Taleem, Undergraduate Scholarships , poverty alleviation, shifting of assets and interest-free loans were also presented.
It was informed about the amount allocated for increase in exports and railways.