Islamabad, 15June: PTI government is committed to provide financial resources to help weaker segments of society buy basic essential commodities through a targeted subsidy, says Prime Minister Imran Khan.
PM Imran Khan gave instructions to finalize a new system at the earliest so that it could be formally launched from next month.
PM Khan was presiding over a briefing held on Monday about introducing a new system of providing government subsidy to the weaker segments of society.
Minister for Finance Shaukat Tarin, special assistants to PM Dr Sania Nishtar, Dr Waqar Masood, Dr Shehbaz Gill, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) President Arif Usmani and other relevant officers were in attendance.
Dr Sania Nishtar briefed the PM about the proposed system of providing targeted subsidy. She told the meeting that with the completion of 92% of the Ehsaas Survey, the remaining work will be completed by the end of this month.
The NBP president also briefed the meeting about the proposed system of providing a government subsidy to deserving families.
The meeting was told that the introduction of a targeted subsidy system aims to provide financial assistance to a large number of families in purchasing fundamental thing products.
The prime minister, while appreciating the efforts of the concerned in formulating the system of targeted subsidy, said that the provision of a government subsidy to the rich and poor alike was not only a waste of public resources, but also tantamount to usurping the right of the poor and deserving.
Earlier, PM Imran Khan hosted parliamentarians belonging to the government’s coalition parties for lunch.
A journalist asked the premier whether the budget, which will be presented later in the day, will be a “people-friendly” one.
“Today, everyone will be happy,” said the PM Imran Khan in response.