Pakistan approves Rs 700 crore package for labourers as Covid-19 cases cross 14,000

Pakistan on Tuesday accredited a Rs 700 crore particular aid package for labourers to assist them face the financial fallout of the lockdown imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 300 lives and contaminated greater than 14,000 individuals within the nation.

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a Cabinet assembly which mentioned varied points, together with the combat towards the coronavirus. Addressing the Cabinet, Khan tasked Special Assistant for Social Welfare Dr Sania Nishter and Minister for Industries Hammad Azhar to plan a complete mechanism for offering aid to the employees.

The Cabinet accredited a Rs 75 billion (700 crore) particular aid package for labourers. It additionally accredited an help package for the COVID-19 associated healthcare employees.

“Any healthcare worker, who dies while performing duties related to the COVID-19 shall be entitled to the same package as is applicable to the government servants in cases of security related deaths contained in Shuhada Package,” based on an announcement.

The package can be relevant to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, it stated.

The Prime Minister additionally accredited “Green Stimulus” package on Tuesday as a part of his authorities’s efforts to increase inexperienced cowl in Pakistan and to create job alternatives for the youth particularly within the wake of COVID-19 disaster.

The package, as a part of 10 billion Tree Tsunami mission, goals to advertise plantation, establishing nurseries, pure forests and promotion of honey, fruit and olive plantation within the nation, based on an announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Under this package, a “Green Nigehbaan” initiative would even be launched to supply job alternatives to initially 65,000 youth and day by day wagers, making them a part of the plantation marketing campaign.

The Prime Minister in his remarks stated that addressing local weather points and enhancing inexperienced cowl of the nation have been among the many foremost priorities of his authorities.

“Green Stimulus Package, especially the Green Nigehbaan initiative will offer employment opportunities to the youth and will help in promoting the objectives of Clean & Green Pakistan,” he stated.

Khan stated it is going to allow day by day wagers earn their dwelling with dignity throughout latest scenario arising out of Covid-19.

He additionally directed the Ministry of Climate Change to arrange a plan of motion for participating worldwide group below Debt for Nature Swap programme to transform a part of nation’s debt into grant for better plantation and setting safety actions.

Advisor on Health Dr Zafar Mirza instructed the media that the speed of day by day coronavirus deaths reported in Pakistan remained the identical for the final two weeks, which was a superb development.

“We hope this (deaths) will start decreasing,” he stated, including that individuals ought to comply with the federal government’s tips.

“We might have to extend the lockdown if people don’t follow the social distancing measures,” he stated.

Mirza additionally stated the federal government had determined to arrange nationwide tips concerning using private protecting tools (PPE).

The authorities is engaged on a nationwide plan for the protection and safety of frontline healthcare employees throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, which can be introduced in just a few days.

He stated it was determined after speaking with provincial well being ministers and the Pakistan Medical Association that “we need to work together for the safety and protection of our health workers”.

Pakistan coronavirus cases crossed 14,000 mark on Tuesday as 751 extra infections have been reported within the final 24 hours.

The Ministry of National Health providers reported that the loss of life toll reached 312 as 11 extra individuals died throughout this era, whereas 3,233 individuals have totally recovered.

The whole variety of cases in Pakistan is 14,514. Punjab has registered 5,730 sufferers, Sindh 5,291, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,984, Balochistan 853, Gilgit-Baltistan 330, Islamabad 261 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 65.

So far, 157,223 assessments have been carried out, together with 6,417 over the past 24 hours.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat issued an advisory to all media homes within the capital, urging them to take steps for safety of their employees after ARY News channel closed down its workplace after seven of its workers have been examined constructive.

“They (media workers) must be provided with appropriate protection gears. We have provided some support to the reporters but more is required,” stated Shafqat in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet accredited a particular assist package for the journalists and journalistic our bodies particularly press golf equipment to assist them throughout the pandemic and tasked the Minister for Information to finalise process for disbursement of the grant to the deserving journalists and journalistic our bodies.

Also, throughout the assembly, Khan directed to ban export of all edible objects consumed by widespread man within the wake of present scenario. The choice can be reviewed after two weeks.

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