Prime Minister Imran Khan instructed the authorities on Wednesday to create a petrol subsidy scheme for low-income people.
According to sources, the plan to provide low-cost gasoline to motorcycle, rickshaw, and public transportation owners will be presented next week during a meeting of the ruling party’s members to discuss the rising prices of petroleum was revealed during a meeting of the ruling party’s members to discuss the rising prices of petroleum.
The PTI-led government announced a significant price rise in petroleum products last week, raising the cost of petrol by Rs10.49 per liter and high-speed diesel by Rs12.44 per liter for the next two weeks.
According to the sources, it was also resolved to create district-level committees to combat inflation.
Furthermore, they stated that it was determined to give targeted subsidies to low-income individuals through Utility Stores.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail confirmed the report, saying that appropriate officials have been ordered to develop a strategy to supply low-income families with discounted gasoline.
During the discussion, the premier stated that the targeted subsidy program will be implemented with combined funding from the federal and provincial governments.
Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have already indicated interest, and talks with Sindh and Balochistan are now underway. He stated, “A major targeted subsidy scheme for the impoverished would be implemented soon.”
Because of the rising inflation, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that the government is extending its previously implemented programs, such as health cards, Kisan cards, and the Ehsaas program.
PM Imran Khan voiced worry over rising flour costs in Sindh during the meeting.
Dr. Sania Nishtar, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation, briefed PM Imran Khan on the Ehsaas initiative earlier.
Fawad Chaudhry, the Federal Minister of Information, Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Timur Saleem Jhagra, National Bank President Arif Usmani, Chief Secretary Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and other senior officials were present at the briefing.
Shaukat Tarin, the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance and Revenue, participated through a video connection.
Nishtar briefed the premier on the preparations for the targeted subsidy program in detail.
“This year, the Ehsaas targeted subsidy program will be introduced to protect the poor from inflation,” she said.
She went on to say that a mobile point-of-sale system was created in conjunction with Ehsaas and National Bank for the initiative.
Eligible families will receive discounts on specified grocery products as part of the program. Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has instructed that the targeted subsidy scheme be completed as quickly as feasible.
The Prime Minister is concerned about rising wheat prices in Sindh.’
Important concerns involving local government elections in Punjab were discussed during the discussion, according to Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry, who briefed the media on the meeting.
The premier, according to the ministry, instructed the party leadership to begin a mass communication campaign, instructing them to release city-by-city and district-by-district timetables in preparation for local government elections.
According to Chaudhry, the Prime Minister presided over another discussion of the Ehsaas initiative before the core committee meeting.
According to the minister, Imran Khan has instructed the authorities to enhance the Ehsaas subsidy system.
He claimed that a 20kg bag of flour in Sindh is Rs 400 more costly than in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to the Sindh government’s continual delay in supplying wheat.
He said, “We are continually asking the Sindh administration to boost wheat supply so that the price of flour in Sindh can be decreased.”
“Sugarcane output is anticipated to be at an all-time high this year, while cotton production is expected to be 60 percent higher than last year.”
He also mentioned that flour costs are falling and that sugar prices will fall once the crushing season begins.
Pulses, veggies, sugar, and wheat prices are all on the down.
“If this trend continues, citizens will benefit from the increase in petroleum product prices,” the minister added.