Would have never allowed such lockdown if consulted by provinces: PM

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ISLAMABAD ( News10) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again ruled out the possibility of lockdown due to coronavirus and said that he would never had allowed provinces to implement such lockdown if consulted.

He was speaking at the ceremony for commencement of three Ehsaas initiatives, including Ehsaas Rashan Portal, Ehsaas Langar and Panagah App and PM s COVID-19 Relief Fund website, in Islamabad today.

Imran Khan said that we have to protect our people from coronavirus as well as from poverty. Government wants people to open businesses under the SOPs.

He said that the government has implemented smart lockdown in Coronavirus hotspots of the country to protect mainly the most vulnerable people.

The Prime Minister said the elderly people and those already suffering from serious diseases are the most vulnerable people, and if they are protected against Coronavirus, the impact of the pandemic will get considerably reduced. He said the next one month is difficult for dealing with the pandemic.

Imran Khan said Ehsaas program and the government s policy of easing the lockdown have helped lessen the effect of the COVID-19. He said in India, the complete lockdown has severely affected the poverty-stricken people and made about 34 percent people either hungry or prone to diseases.

The Prime Minister said PM s Coronavirus Relief Fund has been established to financially help the people who lost their employments because of the lockdown.

He said the government will add four rupees against each rupee donated in the fund. He said the website of the Fund will help donors reach the deserving people. He said the government will continue facilitating a connection between donors and the deserving people.

He said the government will incrementally increase the number of Panagahs and Langarkhans to expand the network. He said donors will be informed about their every penny donated for welfare of the people. He said Pakistanis are one of the most charity-giving nations.

Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation briefed the Prime Minister on the three new initiatives of Ehsaas programme.

The commencement of Ehsaas Rashan Portal, Ehsaas Langar and Panagah App and PM s Covid-19 Relief Fund website is aimed at facilitating and empowering welfare organizations and enabling them to play a more coordinated role with the government in responding to the COVID-19 situation.

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