Mobile utility stores have been launched by the federal government aiming to minimize the problems faced by the masses due to coronavirus lockdown.
Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar said that in the first phase of the scheme, eight mobile vans are allocated to help people residing in the rural areas around Islamabad. He revealed this during the inauguration ceremony.
The minister said, “Initially, these mobile vans would provide grocery items to rural areas around Islamabad.”
Further stating that in the next couple of weeks the scope of these services will be expanded across Pakistan.
Umar said that Rs50 billion have been allocated to subsidise the rates of everyday items, stating that the government understands the situation
“As per the prime minister’s instructions, edible items such as flour, sugar, pulses and oil would be provided at cheaper rates under this scheme.”
He appealed to the people to remain at home and cooperate with the government at this critical time. He said that the announcements will also be made via the local mosques so that maximum people can benefit from the service.
Also, Asad Umar said that the decision to relax the coronavirus lockdowns in various parts of the country will only be made after consulting between the federal and provincial governments.
Furthermore, he said that the Pakistanis stuck in Iran will be permitted to cross the border in the remote areas of Balochistan twice a week. All cautionary measures will be taken in this regard.