Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister has said the government is fully cognizant of the problems being faced by the people due to price hike.
“I regularly holding meetings on the issue of increase in prices of daily use items, and the consumer price index has now started witnessing a decline due to the policies of the government,” said the premier while answering the public’s questions via telephone PM Monday.
Highlighting the great potential of edible oil production in the country, the Prime Minister said a major olive plantation drive will be launched this month to bolster domestic production of this fruit. He was confident there will be olive revolution in the country which will not only promote the healthy food but also help save precious foreign exchange currently being spent on its import.
In response to a question by another citizen, PM Khan said the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Pakistan, adding that the government’s priority is to administer the vaccine to the frontline health workers in the first phase. In the next phase, the vaccine will be given to those above sixty years of age or faced with some serious illness. He assured the vaccine will be administered as per the laid down criterion without any discrimination. The PM maintained that the government is making efforts to administer anti-covid vaccine to the whole population during the current year.
PM Khan stressed that holding the influential and powerful people accountable is important to uplift the country. He said the alliance of opposition parties has come together and is pressurizing the government over the last two and a half years to get an NRO. He however said that giving an NRO to the corrupt elements will be tantamount to treason with the country. He said we are paying the price of the NRO given by former President Pervez Musharraf to the corrupt leaders. He said the Broadsheet exposes the whole saga of corruption. He said former Judge of Supreme Court Justice retired Azmat Saeed who has the relevant expertise, has been entrusted the responsibility to probe into the matter and bring the facts before the public.
The Prime Minister said a crackdown has also been started against the land grabbers to recover the official and private lands from this mafia. He said laws will also be enacted to wage a war against the land mafia.
Responding to a question about the lack of civic amenities in Hyderabad district of Sindh, the Prime Minister said all the powers have been delegated to the provinces after the passage of 18th amendment and it is now their responsibility to look after the development work.
Regretting the malpractices in the Senate elections, the Prime Minister said the government is bringing a constitutional amendment in the National Assembly this week to hold the elections of upper house through open ballot. He said the nation will itself witness as to who does not want an end to buying and selling of votes in the elections. He recalled that it was the PPP and the PML-N which had committed through the Charter of Democracy to hold the Senate polls through open ballot.