ISLAMABAD: Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Minister Asad Umar on Friday inaugurated the Mobile Utility Store Service (MUSS) to provide relief to the vulnerable sections of society amid coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that due to the closure of markets, the prime minister had orderly the provision of necessary food items to people at their doorsteps. “MUSS will provide flour, sugar, rice, lentils and ghee at subsidised rates, and this service will be available throughout the month of Ramazan.”
He said the PM has approved a special package of Rs50 billion for the people, adding tht the government would ensure a smooth supply of essential items across the country.
Umar said that eight vehicles have been initially designated for the rural areas of Islamabad. “This service would be eventually extended to the entire country within two weeks,” he informed.
While commending the medical and paramedical professionals of the country, the minister also lauded the efforts of district administrations of the country for playing an efficient role in fighting the pandemic.
To a question regarding ease in restrictions after 15th April, Umar said the final decision would be made by the prime minister after due consultations with the provinces.
Earlier, the minister was briefed about the efforts being made by the Utility Stores Corporation to ensure uninterrupted and subsidized supply of essential items.
Currently, there are 4,000 utility stores operating across the country. MUSS has been introduced to enhance the coverage of utility stores.
Public would be informed about the arrival of the Mobile Utility Store through loudspeakers and mosques.