ISLAMABAD - Briefing Media about Federal Cabinet meeting Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar said federal cabinet approved launch of "National Poverty Graduation Program" to uplift the standard of the poor. The Minister of State said eighteen billion rupees have been allocated for the programme. He said the needy people will be provided technical equipment to start their small businesses instead of being given cash.
Hammad Azhar said deserving people will be selected from the BISP beneficiaries through a biometric system, and women and disabled persons will be given priority.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Media Iftikhkar Durrani said the cabinet approved the Economic Coordination Committee's decision of exporting 1.1 million tons sugar.
He said subsidy of 25.5 billion rupees on gas to zero rated industry in Punjab was also approved for facilitating the export sector.
Iftikhar Durrani said it was also decided that an agreement against money laundering will also be signed with Canada.
Iftikkhar Durrani said a negative propaganda is being spread against the ongoing anti-encroachment drive. He said the campaign is aimed at retrieving the state land from the land mafia.
He said the land worth billions of rupees recovered in Islamabad will be used for better purposes.