PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister KP Mehmood Khan Friday approved a relief package for 1.9 million families of the province and announced relief of Rs 5 billion in provincial taxes.

KP Government spokesman Ajmal Wazir told media here after the cabinet meeting that details of the relief package would be disclosed soon, however, added that it would be benefited for one third population of the province.

The cabinet while extending closure date of educational institutes and public gatherings decided to keep all educational institutes and public places shut till May 31. Similarly, ban on public and private gatherings and ceremonies extended till April 30.

The cabinet extended public holidays in the province from March 28 to April 5 and decided to suspend all tests and interviews for new appointments till May 31, Ajmal said, adding that meanwhile all wholesale markets and religious events like Urs and festivals would be banned in the province till April 30.

The cabinet also decided to keep markets shut till April 10, however courier services and money transfer shops would be exempted from this ban.

The cabinet decided that inter and intra district transport services, OPDs at all district hospitals and dental services would remain suspended till April 5, he said.

In order to control the corona pandemic, the cabinet approved constitution of 500 rapid response teams to cope with any emergency. It was also decided that retired, students and other volunteers would be hired as back-up staff of health workers on daily wages.

The cabinet approved Rs 17.5 billion for procurement of wheat to meet the demand of the province, Ajmal said and added that people would be allowed to do shopping on CNIC and for the purpose the data of Benazir Income Support Program would be utilized.

Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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