Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced an economic relief package to deal with the situation caused by the Coronavirus.
The package includes Rs 200 billion in aid for labour, as well as a reduction of Rs 15 per litre in petrol and diesel prices.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan while talking to senior journalists in Islamabad.
He said the lockdown was a difficult decision.
Referring to the 200 billion packages, he said that we are also in talks with the provinces to make it more efficient.
“Industry, imports and exports will be given tax refunds of Rs 100 billion immediately. A hundred billion rupees have been earmarked for the small and medium industries, and loans will be given on easy instalments”, PM said.
Imran Khan said that a fund of Rs 1.5 billion has been allocated in four months to distribute Rs 3,000 per family who are unemployed. ‘Utility stores also have given another fifty billion rupees.’
He said that “Rs 50 billion has been allocated for medical workers in the package. We also provide relief in Electricity and gas bills.”
“Users who spend 300 units will be able to pay the bill in three months’ instalment.”
Imran Khan said on a question that the media has as much freedom in Pakistan as anywhere else in the world.