Govt disbursed Rs144 bln among the poor: Asad 

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umer has said Pakistan was fully capable to manufacture ventilators in next two months.

Speaking in a private TV channel programme, he said Pakistan had taken all possible measures to fight against the dangerous virus as the pandemic had played havoc globally.

As far as medical equipment facility in the public sector hospital was concerned, he said all available resources were being utilised to provide necessary items in the hospitals. To a question about social distancing ignored by the Task Force people, he said adopting standard operating procedures was in the interest of every person.

He urged people to follow SOPs to protect themselves and their family members from COVID-19. To another question about distribution of funds, Asad Umer said that Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) government had disbursed Rs 144 billion among the poor and most deserving families.

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He said, on special request of Chief Minister Sindh, the centre had extended maximum help to the people living in provincial areas. The minister said under Ehsaas Programme, the government had made arrangements for the distribution of funds among the needy people transparently.

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