Outlining the necessity for a steadiness between containing the coronavirus from spreading and likewise making certain financial exercise throughout the nation doesn’t come to a halt, Umar stated that it was vital to remember those that have been dealing with hardships because of the lockdown.
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“We are trying to present the facts in front of you [masses] with honesty,” he stated. “We have to take decisions for the betterment of 210 million people,” he added.
The minister stated that the prime minister was notably involved in regards to the thelawalas, tailors, employees, labourers and different every day wagers who have been bearing the brunt of the lockdown. He stated that there have been issues among the many lots concerning the lockdown however details needed to be taken in accordance with the scenario.
“Decisions are taken keeping in mind the facts on the ground,” he stated, including that individuals shouldn’t evaluate different nations with Pakistan because the scenario concerning the coronavirus was totally different in every nation.
“If you give me the responsibility to make decisions for Germany and Pakistan [about coronavirus], I’ll take different decisions,” he stated. “Me, one person, will take two different decisions. This is because the situation on the ground in the two countries is quite different,” he added.
Umar stated that the fundamental route of the nation ought to be the identical. He stated that chief ministers of all provinces and different stakeholders participate within the Nationwide Coordination Committee conferences and current their suggestions.
“The direction we take should be the same and decisions should be taken with consultation,” he stated. “It is my opinion that provinces and even district administrations should be allowed flexibility to take decisions according to the situation,” he added.
The minister stated that when the pandemic was over, folks can argue with each other about which steps taken by the federal government have been right and which weren’t. “For the time being, the need of the hour is that we battle this global problem with unity and let me tell you that it is happening to a great extent,” he added.
Umar stated that Rs35bn have been given to greater than 2.eight million folks in accordance with the Ehsaas Programme.
Earlier right this moment, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah had as soon as once more referred to as for the provincial and federal governments to get on the identical web page to deal with challenges arising out of the coronavirus epidemic within the nation.
“During our meeting with the federal government yesterday, we asked for a uniform policy to deal with the situation,” Shah had stated whereas addressing a press convention in Karachi.
“It was decided in yesterday’s meeting that the lockdown in the country would be extended for 14 days. All the provinces were unanimous in the decision that the lockdown should be extended” he had stated.
The chief minister added that there have been some points, nevertheless, that the provinces and the federal authorities didn’t agree on.
“Some provinces and the federal government agreed that some essential workplaces should reopen. We did not agree to open shops for barbers, plumbers, electricians etc,” he stated.