Days after raising the petrol prices to a record level, the federal government has decided in principle to provide subsidised petrol to motorcycle and rickshaw owners.
The government also made up its mind to give another round of stipend to the less privileged people under the Ehsaas programme enabling them to get essential food items at comparatively reduced rates.
Both decisions were made at a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) core committee on Wednesday.
Presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan, “the meeting decided to provide petrol to the owners of motorbikes and rickshaws at subsidised rates but it is yet to be decided how the plan will be implemented,” said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry while speaking to Dawn.
He said the prime minister would chair another meeting on “how to give relief to inflation-hit people” on Thursday (today) to finalise the plan for supplying subsidised petrol to motorcycles and rickshaws.
The government had made the unprecedented increase of Rs10.49 per litre in petrol price on Oct 16 after which the opposition kicked off its countrywide protest campaign against the government.
First of such demonstrations was staged in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.