PM Imran Khan is active reviewing the aids given in the form of subsidies. He asked an aide to review billion of rupees transferred in the name of subsidy.
On Monday, PM directed his adviser on finance Dr. Hafeez Shaikh to establish “a “special cell” to monitor subsidies of billions of rupees granted to different sectors and make sure they have been utilized effectively giving relief to the maximum number of people”. The prime minister raised this matter in a meeting of a think tank on the economic situation of the country.
He emphasized on the need for a comprehensive review of subsidies the government has been allowing to different sectors for the relief to people to ensure that the money allocated for subsidies was being spent in a transparent manner.
The PM was given brief during the meeting on the subsidies being allotted to different sectors to electricity, gas, fertilizer and housing sectors, the National Highway Authority (NHA), Utility Stores Corporation, social welfare programme Ehsaas, exports and other sectors.
PM Imran Khan highlighted the basic objective of subsidies was to give aid and assistance to poor and deserving people. “The basic idea of forming a special cell is to give comprehensive recommendations for effective utilization of subsidies”
According to the Prime Minister Office (PMO), the theme behind the subsidy system was to review important economic issues, seek recommendations, and establish future strategy for economic uplift.
Under the Ehsas cash distribution program, PM mentioned the importance behind the Ehsas database is to provide relief for needy people in terms of electricity, gas, utility needs and other ensuring transparent and timely provision of stipend to the underprivileged.
Federal Minister for Industries Hammad Azhar, Information Minister Shibli Faraz, Minister for Power Omar Ayub, PM’s aides Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Nadeem Babar. Furthermore, Dr Ishrat Hussain and Dr Sania Nishtar attended the meeting, while former finance minister Shaukat Tareen, businessmen Arif Habib, Sultan Ali Alana and Ijaz Nabi joined the meeting through video link.