PM Shehbaz Sharif announced that his administration will include a Rs28 billion relief package in the 2019 budget to support people who are most affected by the spike, just one day after his government increased the price of petroleum products by Rs30.
He made the announcement yesterday.
The prime minister stated at the outset of his speech that accepting the role of Prime Minister at this critical time was not easy.
“I would like to thank my leader Nawaz Sharif and the leaders of our allied parties for trusting me with this office,” he said.
The prime minister said taking up the challenge of coming into power was not easy as the country’s situation was gloomy, and the nation was plagued with hatred during the previous government’s tenure.
PM Shehbaz said a diplomatic cable was used by his predecessor for political means and lies were told despite the National Security Committee (NSC) and the Pakistani envoy to the United States rubbishing the Imran Khan’s claims.
The prime minister stated that the current government was prepared to make difficult decisions in order to move the country forward and eliminate the politics of “incompetence and corruption.”
He went on to say that when the new government took office, inflation was skyrocketing, industries were collapsing, and the dollar had risen from Rs115 to Rs189.
The Prime minister announced that the government was about to launch a Rs28 billion relief package for the country’s lower-income citizens.
The prime minister stated that the government would immediately announce Rs2,000 for about 85 million individuals, in addition to the monetary help provided under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).
The premier stated, “This assistance package will be included in the next fiscal budget.”
He further stated that the Utility Stores Corporation (USC) has been directed to provide 10kg wheat to customers for Rs400.