PM approves relief for government employees
According to details, in a big decision, PM has ordered all concerned departments to pay salaries and pensions to government employees by March27,Friday.
As per federal spokesperson, the decision was taken in cabinet’s meeting today and finance ministry has already prepared a payroll in this regard.
Earlier today, while addressing a meeting of parliamentary leaders, PM said that government is making plans to decide how to help daily-wage workers and people who live in slums.
“We will reassess the situation and come up with solutions. I think that the country should not go towards a lockdown as that would badly effect the less privileged sections of society. The villagers would also suffer as the wheat harvesting season is currently under way,” he said.
He further said that nation-wide lockdown would impact economy especially if the transport is shut down in the country.
“We imposed a partial lockdown after Pakistan had confirmed its 21st case in the country. The government of Sindh had different approach and they went ahead with more measures. However, the federal government had other ideas in mind,” he said.
He added that complete lockdown would affect construction industry and daily wagers.
Imran Khan also said that Pakistan does not have a single Coronavirus case which was imported from China.
“I think our decision to not bring back students from Wuhan was a tough but good decision as it contained the spread of Coronavirus in Pakistan,” he said.
The number of total coronavirus cases has surged to 1,000 in Pakistan while 19 people have recuperated from the disease so far.
The country reported 24 cases during the last 24 hours. The infectious disease has claimed eight lives in Pakistan while five patients are reported to be in critical condition. Trains and flights operations have been suspended in the country.