Pakistan Post needs to overcome annual losses of Rs 8 billion through innovative means: Fawad Chaudhry

APP12-09 ISLAMABAD: October 09 – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain speaking at Postal Staff College G-8/4 during a ceremony to mark World Post Day. APP photo by Saeed-ul-Mulk

ISLAMABAD, Oct 9 (APP):Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Tuesday said Pakistan Post has to adopt innovation and modernization in its services to gain self-reliance, compete with the international postal services and take steps for overcoming the annual loss of around eight billion rupees.
Speaking during a function arranged here by Pakistan Post to mark World Post Day, the federal minister said only 83 out of 13000 Post Offices across the country have been digitalized so far which reflect we are lagging behind in this era of digitalization.
He said all those institutions, either fall under his ministry or other, will have to get self-reliance through adopting innovative means and following transparency in all matters, “If Radio Pakistan is getting funds of Rs. four billion and Pakistan Television Rs. 7.5 billion from the government, there must be no reason for such institutions to go into losses”, he said.
Fawad Chaudhry reiterated that the government did not want to approach International Monetary Fund (IMF) but had to take this difficult decision to bring the country out of economic crisis, “The country needs $8 billion to pay back our loan and $ 28 billion to run the country”, he lamented.
He said the government has to take difficult decisions to make this country self-sustainable. “This is a difficult time for the country but we have to face it and bring stability and progress in our country at any cost”, he added.
Emphasizing on the continuation of accountability process in the country, Fawad Chaudhry said the process of accountability will continue despite all hue and cry from the corrupt people.
About the demand of requisitioning of National Assembly session by the opposition on this issue, Fawad Chaudhry said if the required majority agrees to call the NA session, we have no objection.
In the whole world, the governments play role to strengthen the institutions and empower their people while in our country the previous governments have weaken the institutions, he said.
The previous governments have made excessive appointments in all the departments on favoritism basis which has ruined the institutions.
Fawad Chaudhry said, “We have to make our country financially stable. If all the institutions start relying on the government for funds, it will transfer the entire burden on the common people who are paying tax”.
“We cannot run Pakistan in routine to make people happy sitting in different institutions, assembly and other places. If we want sustainability then we have to correct ourselves first”, the minister said.
He said Prime Minister, Imran Khan feels pain for the poor. He is honest man and will neither make a single penny nor allow his cabinet to do so”.
The federal minister said the government will take steps to encourage and facilitate those Overseas Pakistanis who want to invest in the country.
Director General, Pakistan Post, Rubina Tayyab read the message of Director General, Universal Postal Union (UPU) on the occasion while Secretary Postal Division, Pir Bukhsh Khan Jamali briefed the minister about contributions of the postal sector.

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