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,
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.