By our correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said that the government has taken steps to control inflation and hopefully commodity prices will fall soon.
He spoke with federal government employees protesting in front of the Pak Secretariat on Wednesday. The minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan monitors inflation on a daily basis and he is committed to solving government employees’ problems on a priority basis. He said the government was trying to increase the salaries of government employees in the upcoming budget. He said the Prime Minister’s budget had been curtailed and other departments were being told to follow suit, and that federal government employees were a priority. He assured the protesting employees about the initial compensation for their demands.
The minister also addressed the inauguration ceremony for the newly elected board of directors of the Upper Dir Press Club at the National Press Club, for which he thanked him for heading to the federal capital.
Senator Shibli opposes the alliance of the opposition party, the Democratic Movement of Pakistan (PDM), and alleges that it has provided another example of selfishness and opportunism by trying to distance itself from the protests of secretariat employees.
He blamed the PPP and PML-N regimes for the problems faced by government employees and demanded the two ruthlessly plunder and plunder national resources while piling up their own assets.
The Minister of Home Affairs sounds optimistic that there will be an initial solution to the problems of Secretariat employees. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had mentioned government employees at most Cabinet meetings. He noted that the prime minister directed the relevant authorities to immediately resolve the issue of government employee salaries.
A high-level Cabinet Committee has also been formed in this regard. These include federal minister Pervez Khattak, Sheikh Rashid, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. This committee is currently talking to employees. The protesters will be satisfied.
He alleges that the root cause of today’s problems is the incompetence and lack of previous government planning.
He gave an example, like other sectors, the media tried to raise the narrative of national interests. He said journalists will continue to play a key role in highlighting their local, regional issues as well as promoting narratives of national interest.
The minister said that despite all the challenges and in spite of the global coronavirus outbreak, the country’s economy has bounced back and every sector including construction and textiles has improved. “Pakistan’s economy is performing much better than other countries in the region and in the coming days inflation will drop and job opportunities will be created. “The proposal to give health cards to journalists throughout the country, including Islamabad, will be submitted to the prime minister,” he said.
He said that the fruit of our efforts had begun to reach the community and added that he would visit Dir Hulu to get information about journalist problems.