PESHAWAR, Nov 04 (APP): People from all walks of life here highly appreciated the Prime Minister’s Rs 120 billion food subsidy program offering a 30% discount on ghee, flour and pulses for supporting 130 million people for six months would go a long way in reducing the impact of inflation.
Politicians, civil society, farmers, workers, academics and the general public have praised Prime Minister Imran Khan for announcing the country’s largest food subsidy program to help over 130 million of people by stepping away from the impact of inflation and providing them direct relief on flour, ghee / cooking oil and legumes for six months.
Provincial Information Minister Kamran Bangash said the prime minister announced a landmark 120 billion rupee food subsidy program that would directly benefit 130 million people in Pakistan, including Khyber Pakthunkhwa.
He said 53% of the Pakistani population would benefit from the support of the historic relief program, adding that a 1,000 rupee grant on flour, pulses and ghee / cooking oil per family would be provided each month.
Provincial Agriculture and Livestock Minister Mohibullah Khan told APP the prime minister deserves all the credit and appreciation for announcing Pakistan’s largest food subsidy program for the people, adding that 20 million masses would benefit directly from it.
He said beneficiaries would get a 30% discount on ghee, pulses and flour for the next six months. The food subsidy package is outside the various programs underway under the Ehsaas Initiative worth Rs 260 billion launched by the government to help poor people.
Professor Dr. Muhammad Naeem of Swabi University called the government’s food subsidy program a historic step in helping the poor, farmers, laborers and other segments of society with food. important.
He said that flour, pulses and ghee were the most common foods used by the poor on which they spend a substantial amount of their hard-earned money and that the package was a great blessing to them. Prof. Dr. Naeem said that the prices of petroleum products were low in Pakistan compared to other countries, adding that the petroleum prices in the world market had increased by 100% but Pakistan only transferred 33 % of the burden.
In India, he said oil prices soared to Rs 250, in Bangladesh to 200 while they were only Rs 138 in Pakistan. He said inflation was also seen in the world where commodity prices rose 50% in one year compared to only 9% in Pakistan, adding that it was unfortunate that inflation was linked to a increase in oil prices in our country.
Dr Naeem claimed that Turkey, the United States, China and Germany faced the highest inflation, adding that gas prices rose 116% in the United States, 300% in Europe, but that Pakistan had made no increase except for the imported one. Former Nazim Bahadar Khan welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of 1.4 trillion rupees for the Kamyab Pakistan program to provide interest-free commercial loans to four million families and called the Kamyab Pakistan program a historic step of the government to come to the aid of the poor at their thresholds.
The Kamyab Jawan program includes interest-free loans for building houses, 500,000 rupees per loan for farmers and businesses, in addition to vocational training for an eligible family member.
So far, the government has provided loans of Rs 30 billion to 22,000 businesses under the Kamayab Jawan program, with six million scholarships and grants awarded to students.
He said a billion-tree reforestation project, PM’s education and agriculture programs, the Swat Highway and the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit Project have brought positive changes to communities. people’s lifestyles and accelerated the pace of socio-economic development.
Farmer Misal Khan, teacher Riaz Khan, laborer Muhammad Ali and others praised the Prime Minister’s food subsidy program and called it purposeful and historic.