Federal Cabinet approves relief package of worth Rs75b for daily wagers

Federal Cabinet approves relief package of worth Rs75b for daily wagers

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet approved the two packages passed by the Economic Coordination Committee for the daily wage earners.
Meeting of the federal cabinet was held in Islamabad on Tuesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.
The cabinet ratified decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee, including approval of a relief package of worth 75 billion rupees to provide financial assistance to labourers and daily wagers, who lost their jobs due to coronavirus pandemic.
The federal cabinet approved the relief package worth Rs75 billion to provide financial assistance to labourers and daily wagers, who lost their jobs due to coronavirus pandemic.
The Cabinet also decided to grant three weeks extension to sugar crisis inquiry commission to submit its report. Cabinet also approved extension in lockdown till May 9.
Federal cabinet has also approved request of sugar crises inquiry commission which sought three more weeks to submit its detailed forensic audit report to the prime minister.
Decisions taken by National Coordination Committee on coronavirus were also ratified by the cabinet after taking a detailed briefing about situation of coronavirus in the country.
The cabinet also reviewed political and economic situation of the country and approved hiring on vacant seats of directors of limited companies.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan also assigned first tasks to Information Minister Shibli Faraz and Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Lt. Gen (Retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday that it is stepping up shipments of diagnostic tests and protective equipment, with a new focus on Latin America where COVID-19 is spreading.
Paul Molinaro, chief of WHO operations support and logistics, said that global vaccine shipments were disrupted in April and if it continued into May there will be gaps in immunisations as well as disruption in some food supply chains.
“We saw the international air transport system on which we are quite dependent for movement of cargo gradually shut down. So we are at the point now where we need to look for solutions to this,” Molinaro told a UN virtual news briefing in Geneva. It was “always willing to take more offers” of commercial aircraft.
A report issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department shows that 92 medical staff in the province have tested positive for the virus.
According to the report, 42 doctors, 13 nurses and 37 medical staff have been tested positive for the virus. It added that 20 health officials have recovered from the virus.
President of provincial doctors association Amir Taj said that positive cases are rising in the province, adding that the government is not issuing protective equipment to them.

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