ISLAMABAD: (HRNW) Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said needy persons in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be given free flour in the month of Ramazan ul Mubarak.
Speaking at a meeting held here to review arrangements for the provision of flour to needy persons, he said for the first time in the history of the country, a package had been prepared for the provision of free flour to poor people in the month of Ramazan.
He said no negligence would be tolerated regarding the quality of flour to be provided to the citizens.
The prime minister said the government was making all efforts to provide relief to the poor and middle class.
It was told that in Punjab, 15.8 million households would be provided free flour in Punjab during Ramazan while free flour would also be provided in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The needy persons can know about their eligibility for gift of flour by sending their identity card number on SMS 8171 assigned by Benazir Income Support Programme. It was further told that flour would be available at less rates in 50 Sasta Bazaars in Balochistan.
On other hand, Federal Government decided to start the distribution of free wheat flour among 185,000 families of the Federal Capital by March 18, as part of an initiative to provide relief to inflation-hit poor people during Holy Ramazan.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif here who said the government was striving to provide maximum possible relief to the people amid inflation.
As per the decision, the eligible people would be able to get flour from 40 outlets of the Utility Stores.
As per the criteria, the families registered with the BISP and having a poverty score of 60 or lesser will be eligible to avail of the facility. The registered families will be entitled to get 30 kilograms of flour in a month.