On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister, a high level meeting was held in Lahore today chaired by Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht.
The meeting reviewed the economic situation, development programme of the province and future economic strategy of the province keeping in view of coronavirus pandemic.
The meeting imposed ban on issuance of subsidiary grants of department and new recruitment.
Speaking on this occasion, the Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht said that we have to meet the challenges of coronavirus pandemic within our resources.
He said that provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to doctors, nurses and para-medical staff is our top priority.
He said more than fifteen billion rupees have been provided to Health Department and Provincial Disaster Management Authority. He said that funds with the cost of ten billion rupees have been issued for the help of deserving people. He informed that provincial government has given relief of eighteen billion rupees to masses and waived off this amount of taxes.
The Minister directed concerned authorities to implement the austerity policy in the departments.
He said government will also provide relief to people in Ramzan-ul-Mubarak.