NCC fails to decide on opening of goods transport

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD

National coordination committee on Thursday could not decide to open the goods Transport due to the opposition of provinces while high level meeting will be held today to ensure the supply of food items during lock down.

The NCC met in the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan and it was attended by army Chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief Ministers of provinces (video link) and other stake holders.

PM Imran said that he was fully aware of the problems of poor people and low middle class workers and relief package will give them some relief and he will make sure smooth implementation on this.

Following a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Covid-19, members of the federal government — including Asad Umar, Zafar Mirza, FirdousAshiq Awan and NoorulHaq Qadri — along with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chief shared updates on key decisions taken during today’s huddle.

After the meeting, minister for planning Asad Umar told media that education institutions and schools will remain close till 31 may while opening of goods Transport issue will be taken up in the meeting.

He told that there was no shortage of flour in the country and 1.7 million ton wheat was available in stocks .NCC decided that medical staffs’ protective requirements will be met because they were heroes. He said that implementation of economic package will be ensured with the consultation of provincial governments.

Asad Umar told that provincial members will also be part of national command center as well and coordination will be enhanced.

He said that some elements was trying to create panic and involved in hoardings such elements will face strict action of the government.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza provided updates with regards to the current Covid-19 cases in the country as well as decisions taken regarding personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

Mirza said that after looking at supplies, by April 5, the country would have enough PPE supplies so that doctors, nurses, paramedics handling coronavirus patients won’t face a shortage.

He said that large supplies are in process and by April 5, the situation will improve.

Additionally, Mirza announced that an expert on infectious diseases Dr Faisal Sultan has been included in the government’s team as the focal point for coronavirus with regards to the health aspect.

On the national level, a training programme for doctors, nurses and paramedics will also be launched.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony NoorulHaq Qadri provided an update regarding offering prayers at mosques.

He said that the NCC had decided that mosques will not be closed. Qadri said that mosques will have azaan (call to prayers) and tilawat.

With regards to offering congregational prayers at mosques, Qadri said that this will be “limited”.

He said that mosque imams, staff, regular attendees in limited numbers — those who are healthy and not older than 50 years of age — will be able to offer prayers in the mosque in limited numbers.