ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday addressed the nation and announced a "historic" relief package worth Rs120 billion to provide relief to the masses.
The premier, addressing the nation, said that considering that the masses are undergoing a tough time due to the inflation in the country, the government is introducing a package for 20 million families, which will — in turn — benefit 130 million Pakistanis.
"This [poverty alleviation] package, which is worth Rs120 billion, will be offered to Pakistanis by the federal and provincial governments," he said.
The premier announced that under the package, citizens will be able to avail a 30% discount on three basic edible items, including ghee, wheat, and pulses, under targeted subsidy.
The biggest relief package in Pakistan’s history’
According to Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, it will benefit more than 10 million people. This will be the biggest relief package in the history of the country, PTI tweeted earlier in the day.
On Tuesday, in a media talk after the federal cabinet meeting, PM’s Advisor on Political Affairs Shahbaz Gill said that the premier will also take the nation into confidence over the political and security situation in the country.