Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that efforts being made to save labourers from unemployment due to coronavirus outbreak.
Addressing a refunds distribution ceremony here on Thursday, the premier said that construction industry will be made operation fully in order to save people from dying due to hunger.
“We have decided we will give necessary incentives to the construction industry in order to provide job opportunities to people during this time of crisis,” PM Imran said. “We will support the industrial sector and give them incentives. The commerce ministry has also prepared a list of industries which can be reopened in the current situation,” he added.
The PM announce a Rs100 billion package for the construction industry as the government.
“The refund of Rs100 billion announced today for the business community is a part of that process. We are ensuring timely refunds to the business community so that they do not face any liquidity issue,” he said.
Speaking about the virus trajectory in the country, the prime minister said that Pakistan had not seen the virus blow up like other countries.
The pandemic has affected economies across the globe, he said, adding that the US is fighting to counter corona and save economy at a time.
“I am confident that Pakistan will overcome this problem,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Adviser on Finance Hafeez Sheikh said the payment of tax refunds amounting to Rs100 billion will be completed in a week time. He said that apart from the packages for the business community, the government has earmarked Rs200 billion for the procurement of wheat in order to support the agriculture sector and farmers.