Relief packages delivery to 2m families to start in two-day: CM

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PESHAWAR Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said on Thursday the government would provide relief package to more than two million families across the province. Talking to media persons in Bannu he said registration of poor families under Ehsaas Program and BISP has been started and relief cheques would be distributed among deserving people within two days. The chief minister said the government and administration was keeping strict eye on prices of daily used commodities and warned the hoarders and profiteers of strict action. Mahmood Khan appealed the general public to stay at homes and cooperate with the law enforcing agencies in this regard and maintain social distancing. Earlier, the chief minister visited quarantine center and isolation ward in Bannu. Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr Kazim Niaz and Commissioner Bannu division were also present on the occasion. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is trying to control prices so as to not burden people, said Chief Minister Mahmood Khan during his one-day visit to Bannu on Thursday. We have told people not to hoard anything. Hoarders will not be forgiven,. he said, adding that they can’t overcome the coronavirus crisis without the help of the people. We have closed everything for the safety of the people, he remarked. People should only leave their houses when they need to. He added, we can’t impose a curfew, and PM Imran Khan keeps saying this in his speeches. The chief minister said the government is trying to facilitate people who can’t even purchase their own food. We plan on distributing rations among 2.1 million families,. he said, adding that the registration work has started already. Khan arrived in Bannu on Thursday morning. He was accompanied by the provincial chief secretary and ministers. He is expected to review the arrangements at the quarantine centres and isolation wards set up at the Khalifa Gul Nawaz Teaching Hospital. The recovery of Coronavirus patients continued in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as 29 patients were recovered and sent homes. According to health department spokesman, 19 patients were recovered in Peshawar.The spokesman said Corona virus test of all these patients were reported negative now. The recovered patients include 10 Zaireens. The spokesman advised people to adopt precautionary measures by washing hands with soap on regular intervals and maintain social distancing imperative to defeat the virus.