ISLAMABAD: The federal and provincial governments on Saturday agreed to permit 10 main industries to proceed operations to keep up provide of important gadgets within the home market amid the lockdown.
The federal government’s financial workforce led by Adviser to PM on Commerce and Industries Abdul Razak Dawood held a digital assembly with stakeholders to agree on a minimal agenda.
Industries ministers from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa participated within the assembly through video hyperlink apart from federal ministers. Nevertheless, ministers from Sindh and Balochistan weren’t a part of the assembly.
“We have to run the economy. We need guidelines to be followed across the country”, Dawood instructed Daybreak after the assembly.
He mentioned that it was agreed in the course of the assembly to permit meals, packaging, prescribed drugs and medical provides, rice, name centres, exporters, important chemical compounds, LNG amenities and refineries sectors to function uninterrupted.
Ten industries could also be listed for exemptions from lockdowns
Dawood mentioned that it was agreed to supply help to the meals and packaging sector to make sure uninterrupted provide of meals gadgets throughout the nation and guarantee value stability.
Equally, he mentioned that ample help might be offered to pharmaceutical and medical tools producers to make sure availability of medicines and private safety tools like face masks, sanitisers and different safety gear within the markets.
Dawood mentioned that one of many authorities’s precedence is to increase most help to the enterprise course of outsourcing (BPOs) corporations and name centres, which at the moment are rising at a really fast tempo within the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
He mentioned that after a very long time, worldwide BPOs have diverted their focus in the direction of Pakistan. “We want to grab the opportunity for youth”, he mentioned whereas saying the choice to permit staff within the sector to work freely to earn their wages.
In the meanwhile, he mentioned the BPOs and name centres are the federal government’s prime precedence. “We have to let workers work,” the adviser mentioned. He added that the sector can take in idle educated youth obtainable out there.
On rice exports, he mentioned that it was agreed within the assembly that vehicles carrying export orders might be allowed to achieve ports uninterrupted.
The assembly, he mentioned, additionally reviewed measures to permit 5 export-oriented industries to renew operations with the intention to fulfill worldwide calls for. “I have given them full encouragement and support from the centre.”
The adviser mentioned that he was completely happy to announce that provision of electrical energy at 7.5 cents per kWh, all inclusive, plus relevant taxes for the 5 export-oriented sectors has been ratified by the cupboard as much as June 30.
Revealed in Daybreak, March 29th, 2020