PA parliamentary committee meeting: Hassan Murtaza urges Govt to give relief to poor by exempting them from utility bills

LAHORE: The all-party special parliamentary committee of the Punjab Assembly has stressed for expanding coronavirus testing facilities and taking effective steps immediately to check the spread of the pandemic.

It has urged the government to allow the mosques to remain open during Ramazan and give relief to all the mosques and seminaries in payment for utility bills for four months

The meeting chaired by Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and attended by representatives of all the political parties in the assembly through video link here on Friday issued a joint declaration.

The committee sought the detailed wheat procurement policy while ensuring precautionary measures with special sanitisation arrangements at the centres so that growers and staff won’t face any trouble during the drive, being started in a couple of weeks.

Representatives of opposition parties criticised the establishment of the Tiger Force for providing relief to the poor hit due to the lockdown.

The declaration has urged the federal government to ensure availability of testing kits during the next three or four weeks when the diseases is expected to be at its peak and that more and more population should be provided with coronavirus test facility free of charge for effective check of the spread of the virus.

The participants demanded opening outpatient departments at the all district and tehsil headquarter hospitals for patients of the diseases other than Covid-19 and ensuring provision of protective gear to the medical and other staff attending the patients.

In view of the forthcoming dengue season, the declaration urged the government to being spray against this disease too.

After the meeting talking to the media, the parliamentary leader of PPP Syed Hassan Murtaza has said that he gave his suggestions during the first meeting and it would be determined in second meeting that how much the government is serious in implementing the proposals given by the MPAs.

“I gave a suggestion to give relief to the poor people by exempting them from the utility bills up to 5000 rupees for some months,” he added.

He was of the view that there is a need to strictly implement the lockdown in the whole province because it is the only medicine to fight the COVID-19.

I gave them a suggestion to convene the meeting twice a week over the situation of corona virus in the province because this committee is the only forum left in the absence of the parliament for the MPAs, said the PPP lawmaker.

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