Sindh govt lockdown failed; no plan to save vulnerable segments from starvation: Murad Saeed

Sindh govt lockdown failed; no plan to save vulnerable segments from starvation: Murad Saeed

ISLAMABAD,(APP):Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed said on

Saturday that  the Pakistan People's Party government lockdown in

Sindh proved a failure as it had no plan and strategy to provide

ration and cash assistance to the vulnerable segments of the society

for saving them from starvation.

Addressing a media conference along with Minister for Information and

Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz, he said that the people in Karachi and

many other cities of Sindh came out and protesting, as the they were

facing death due to hunger and starvation.

Answering the PPP's leaderships' criticism of federal government, he

reminded that after 18th amendment health was provincial subject but

still federal government was trying its best to facilitate provinces

in dealing with the pandemic.

Murad Saeed said that coronavirus was a pandemic which had affected

the whole world including developed countries and Pakistani government

was  fighting with it with limited resources. He said the measures of

the federal government in containing the pandemic and providing relief

to the corona affected people have been appreciated by the

international community. PTI government made all decisions keeping in

view the corona-affected people's miseries and provided a support

package for industrial sector and the people who have lost their jobs,

he said.

Murad Saeed said it was a matter of great satisfaction that the

country has domestically started production of sanitizers and masks

and now was in a position to  export Personal Protective Equipments

including masks and sanitizers. He regretted that the health sector

was neglected in the past but the present government has now enhanced

its capacity in a short span of time.

He said more than twenty thousand doctors have been trained in a short

period of time to deal with the pandemic effectively. He said the

country's testing capacity per day has gradually been enhanced from

one hundred per day to  thirty thousand. The Minister said strict

actions are being taken for the implementation of Standard Operating

Procedure to deal with the coronavirus and 1311 markets have been

sealed  so far for violation of  the SOPs.He said smart lockdown has

been imposed on 848 points across the country.

Criticizing the PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he said that

he read a written speech before the media, but in 40 minute press

conference he could not point out one step taken by the Sindh

government for helping the poor. He said  in Sindh, people were dying

with hunger due to lack of good governance in the province.

He said that after the 18th amendment, 62 percent of the national

resources were given to provinces and Sindh was given trillions of

rupees for improvement of health sector but the money was plundered.

He said that federal government provided cash assistance to poor.