Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has temporarily suspended Prime Minister’s Farmers Relief Package in 12 districts included in second phase of local bodies’ elections.

According to spokesman of Punjab government, implementation of farmers package has been stopped till the holding of local bodies’ elections to be held on November 19 in 12 districts of second phase. This action has been taken for transparent conduct of local bodies’ elections, he added. Immediate after local bodies’ elections, Prime Minister’s Farmers Relief Package will be restored in these districts and amounts of financial assistance will be distributed among the farmers.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Monday chaired a meeting of senior officials of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industries, Ministry of National Food Security and Ministry of Commerce to review the implementation status of the Kissan Package.

The meeting expressed satisfaction on the effective and prompt implementation of the package throughout the country.

The finance minister, while appreciating efforts of the officials concerned in implementation of the package, said that the momentum must be maintained in future as well and it should be ensured that the farmers fully avail benefits of the package.

The finance minister on this occasion added the government attached great importance to the well being of the farmers’ community and would take all measures to facilitate them.

Finance Minister also chaired a meeting to review the current profile of agricultural credit. The minister said that the government attached great importance to the growth and promotion of the agriculture sector as it was a major contributor to the national economy. In order to achieve this objective he said, facilitation of the farmers’ community was all the more necessary.

Provision of credit to them was major component of this facilitation he said. The minister emphasized that all possible efforts should be made to meet target for disbursement of agriculture credit during the current fiscal year.

The meeting also reviewed measures for effective fiscal and monetary discipline in the country.

Secretary Finance, Dr Waqar Masood, Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, Deputy Governor State Bank Saeed Ahmed, Chairman SECP, Zafarul Haq Hijazi, President Zarai Tariqqiati Bank, Talat Mahmood and other senior officials of the Ministry of Finance attended the meeting.