PESHAWAR, May 18 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet to ensure price control of eatables in the province and against the hoarders immediately.
In a meeting with the members of the provincial cabinet during his brief visit to Peshawar, the prime minister asked the provincial government to monitor the prices on daily basis for common man’s relief, saying that protection of masses’ rights was the government’s priority.
The meeting also offered Fateha for the departed soul of the father of Advisor to KP Chief Minister Ajmal Wazir.
Briefing the prime minister about the distribution of Sehat Insaf Card in the merged tribal areas, the chief secretary KP said the national identity cards would be considered as health insurance cards for six months to ensure provision of healthcare without any delay.
He also apprised the meeting about the pace of annual development works in the merged areas and provision of the required funding.
Referring to the prevailing condition of the national economy, the prime minister said from the very first day he had been hinting at tough days ahead as the government had inherited a record fiscal deficit.
He said the brotherly countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE and China had extended urgent assistance to provide a breathing space to the economy and the government was thankful for their gesture.
He hoped that the situation would soon improve with the increase in exports and remittances. Moreover, the foreign investment would also go up consequent to the government’s ongoing measures.
The prime minister told the meeting that the government’s poverty alleviation program ‘Ihsas’ would create a social safety network. For this program, the government would enhance its package from Rs 100 billion to Rs 180 billion to ensure its outreach to every poor.
He said the government would also launch business loans scheme for the youth as another step towards the country’s development.
The prime minister instructed the KP cabinet to exploit the potential of tourism in the province and enhance their coordination with the federal government to create jobs and training opportunities for the people in tourism sector.
He also directed for formulation of a well coordinated strategy to promote information technology and vocational training in the province.