ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiative Asad Umar has assured newspaper sellers that the government will play its part to pull them out of the financial crisis at this critical time.
The minister said this when speaking with the All Pakistan Akhbar Farosh Federation delegation led by his secretary general Tikka Khan, who called him in his office.
Former president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zafar Bakhtawari and Pakistan’s local leader Tehreek-i-Insaf Jamshed Mughar were also present at the occasion.
When briefing the minister, Tikka Khan said that because of the coronavirus pandemic there was a significant reduction in newspaper sales which resulted in financial losses from newspaper sellers, who are now facing a severe financial crisis. He said the government had announced aid packages for people from other sectors, who had been affected by the ongoing pandemic, such as laborers and small traders, adding that newspaper sellers also had to be included in the government’s aid program.
Bakhtawari supported Tikka Khan’s request, saying the government had to announce a special assistance package for newspaper sellers.
According to a press release issued on Sunday, the planning minister assured Tikka Khan that plans would soon be completed to provide aid packages to newspaper sellers.
Published in Dawn, May 18, 2020
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