Pakistan’s economy moving towards development: PM

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday describing the federal budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 as development-oriented, said it was not only aimed at further strengthening economic stability but also promoting the important economic sectors such as agriculture, industry and housing.

Presiding over a meeting of the spokespersons of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), he expressed his satisfaction over the fact that Pakistan’s economy was not only stable but was also moving towards development.

The prime minister said at a time of COVID-19, which hit economies across the world and created economic problems, Pakistan achieved economic stability due to a successful strategy.

 

Federal ministers, PM’s special assistants, party leaders and spokespersons attended the meeting during which the country’s situation, especially the people-oriented development budget presented by the government, the measures to provide relief to the masses and speeding up development process were discussed.

 

The party leaders congratulated the prime minister and the government’s economic team for presenting a balanced and people-friendly budget, which was positive for all segments of the society.

 

Pointing towards the present government’s important measures, the prime minister said the objective behind focusing on the programmes like Kamyab Jawan, Health Card, 10 Billion Tree Tsunami, promotion of science and technology, poverty alleviation, creating employment opportunities was to effectively check the challenges faced by the country.

 

He said the present government had been fully striving to present the new budget, which proved a ray of hope for every segment of the society.

 

The prime minister directed the party spokespersons to create awareness about all the aspects of the new budget among general public so as to foil the designs of those elements, which were creating misunderstandings about the budget.

 

Vaccination vital to control COVID-19

 

Also, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday expressing satisfaction over the ongoing vaccination drive in the country, stressed that only in-time dosage and standard operating procedures (SOPs) were imperative to could control the virus.

Chairing a high-level meeting on the anti-coronavirus vaccination drive across the country, the prime minister said the voluntary approach of citizens towards vaccination was welcoming, which was even rarely seen in the developed countries.

 

The prime minister said to avoid the tragic situation like India, there was a need for collaborative efforts by the institutions and the people to work together to ensure implementation of preventive measures.

 

The meeting was attended by federal ministers Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Asad Umar, Hammad Azhar and Azam Khan Swati, special assistants Dr Faisal Sultan and Muhammad Shehzad Arbab, and senior officials concerned.

The meeting was given a detailed briefing by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on the current indicators of the vaccination campaign and future strategy. It was informed that so far more than 10 million people had been vaccinated, which was a significant milestone in limited time. In addition, the government, semi-government and private companies were ensuring the supply of vaccines to 100 percent of their employees. It was highlighted that the capacity of existing vaccine centers was being enhanced and the formation of mobile vaccination teams was in final stages.

 

It was informed that over 50 percent of the government and non-government employees had been vaccinated under the Ministry of Education. An awareness campaign had also been launched in collaboration with the private sector to create awareness about the vaccination campaign, the positive effects of which were being reaped by a large number of people volunteering for vaccination. The number of vaccination centers had been doubled and that of mobile teams increased from 48 to 600. Moreover, a large number of public and private hospitals had been added to the list of vaccination centers.

The meeting was told that in view of the importance of tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, special measures were being taken including the requirement of vaccination certificate on entry and completion of vaccination on priority basis for the population in the densely populated areas, etc.

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