ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said that today was the fifth meeting of the NCC.

Among the decisions taken in today’s meeting, Umar announced that the closures of educational institutions across the country would be extended till May 31. He said that Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood had said that this decision was taken in agreement with all provinces.

With regards to the transportation system, Umar said that during a meeting of the NCC that is set to take place tomorrow, difficulties faced by transporters will be discussed and reviewed.

Umar shared a team would work on data analytics so that decisions can be taken on the basis of “data […] and the on-ground situation not on the basis of emotions”.

Additionally, he said that another team is working daily on ensuring the implementation of an economic package announced earlier.

The federal minister assured that there is no shortage of atta, while responding to reports of a shortage in parts of the country. He said that in order to deal with immediate shortages, provinces with stocks were requested to speed up the pace of releases.

“You should be reassured, there is no shortage,” he said.

Umar added that Prime Minister Imran Khan will announce two more “big initiatives” in the coming days, adding that the details of these programmes will be finalised in the next few days.

Umar said that representatives of all provinces, as well as federal government officials, will now work at the National Command Centre in NDMA in order to ensure that all people working on the coronavirus are in one place and can share data, exchange questions.

The federal minister added that Prime Minister Imran had told him to mention that some people were hoarding and taking advantage of the current situation.

He said that this is not just a crime in the country but in God’s eyes as well. Umar urged citizens to report such incidents.

Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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