April 10, 2020: The government has announced Ramazan package worth 2.5 billion rupees for the provision of essential commodities to the masses at reduced rates through the Utility Stores Corporation during the holy month.
Under this package, 19 essential commodities will be provided to the people at reduced rates and if required, the Ramazan package could be increased to seven billion rupees.
The Ramazan package will remain effective till Eid ul Fit, however, the subsidy on five essential items will be carried forward after the Eid.
Under the Prime Minister’s 1200 billion rupees relief package, fifty billion rupees will be provided to the Utility Stores Corporation. Ten billion rupees have already been disbursed to the corporation to ensure that the utility outlets have sufficient stocks of the essential items. A monitoring mechanism regarding the availability of items at the utility stores will be put in place at the district level.
Giving details of the Ramazan package, USC Managing Director Umer Lodhi said there will be a subsidy of 15 to 20 rupees on basin and pulses. Similarly, the subsidy will be given on the items commonly used in Ramazan such as squashes, sugar, tea, and milk.
He said the USC has a network of 4200 outlets across the country. Two hundred more outlets will be added in the next fifteen to twenty days. He said we also plan to establish two hundred outlets after Ramazan with a focus on the rural areas. He said the quality of products is being ensured at the utility outlets.