Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to ensure the unrestricted movement of goods, along with clearing the national highways to encourage the greater supply of food essentials from farms and industries across the country, according to news sources.
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The PM also reiterated his resolve to provide food supplies at the doorstep of daily wagers — with the recent countrywide lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection severely affecting this community. In this regard, a team of volunteers, dubbed the ‘Coronavirus Relief Tigers’, are to be drafted from today in order to assist with the provision of these supplies.
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According to the reports, PM Khan is further concerned about cases of panic buying amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and has called for strict action to be taken against hoarders, black marketing dealers, and those involved in charging exorbitant prices.
In addition, Special Assistant to the PM on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan stated that the PM was also holding consultations with the provincial government so as to ensure the smooth provision of food supplies throughout the country during the ongoing partial lockdown.