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Federal cabinet approves extension in lockdown till April 30

Federal cabinet approves extension in lockdown till April 30

ISLAMABAD: Federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday approved extension in countrywide lockdown to mitigate coronavirus crisis.

The cabinet has decided to extend lockdown till 30th April across Pakistan.

According to sources, the government has decided to open skills related businesses after which tailors, electricians, mechanics, plumbers and barbers will be allowed to work.

The government has also decided to open all sectors related to construction and rules have been formulated for the sector opened after the lockdown.

The responsibility for various projects in the construction sector will be decided between the provinces and each province will develop strategies regarding the pending development and construction projects.

Air travel, public transport, public gatherings, wedding halls, cinemas and public places will remain close due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will share the decisions taken in meeting of National Coordination Committee.

She said that the prime minister will take the nation into confidence by laying out a roadmap for future after consultation with all key stakeholders.

Regarding federal cabinet meeting, she said the forum reviewed and discussed various important issues, adding that the cabinet was briefed about the proposed legislation to provide facilitation to construction sector.

The special assistant said in order to control inflation in the country and to ensure uninterrupted supply of items of daily use, an ordinance is being brought, adding that the cabinet members recommended strict punishments to be included in the proposed legislation against hoarders and smugglers.

The cabinet congratulated and appreciated the efforts of Dr. Sania Nishtar and Ehsaas team in disbursement of cash to needy and eligible persons under its emergency cash relief program.

“Provinces are playing a crucial role in implementation of this program on merit and transparency,” Dr Firdous said and added focal persons are being appointed for smooth working of the program.