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No subsidy was given on sugar at federal level: Firdous Ashiq Awan

No subsidy was given on sugar at federal level: Firdous Ashiq Awan
April 7, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information said that no subsidy was given on sugar at the federal level. Briefing the media about decisions made during the federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday, she said that prime minister had clarified that no hurdle will be tolerated in the way of justice. The special assistant said that reforms were being introduced to avoid artificial crisis in the future. “The inquiry committee has pointed out drawbacks in the system.” Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the people would start receiving Ehsas Emergency cash from Wednesday. “The cabinet has endorsed the decisions made by the Cabinet Committee on Energy,” she added. She said that the government machinery is fully active to ensure the availability of quality edibles at affordable rates and no negligence would be tolerated in this regard. “The prime minister has warned that strict action will be taken against those found involved in hurling threats to commission.” The special assistant said that the prime minister had directed to resolve the issues being faced by growers and farmers on immediate basis. Special Assistant to the PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar presented a report to the cabinet regarding shortage of sugar and wheat in the country. Some ministers were of the view that the report should be delayed when the inquiry committee had been turned into a commission. At this, the prime minister said that the inquiry committee reports were released on his order. “I have fulfilled the promise made with the people of making the reports public,” he added. Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Usman Dar informed the cabinet that 717,119 youth have so far been registered with Corona Relief Tigers Force, which is working at district, tehsil and union council level across the country. Special Assistant on National health Services Dr Zafar Mirza briefed the cabinet about ongoing coronavirus cases and government's steps to provide relief to corona-hit labour population. The cabinet was told that 39,000 personal protective kits have been dispatched to all provinces for protection of paramedical staff engaged in coronavirus-hit patients. Special Assistant on Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar gave a detailed briefing to the cabinet on Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme. The cabinet also approved provision of broadband internet service through Universal Service Fund to 62 districts of the country.