PM Imran urges world leaders to follow a specific approach to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on staff
Prime Minister Imran Khan urged world leaders to pursue a collaborative approach to tackle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and to reduce the unique effect of the virus on staff.
Speaking at an online forum hosted by the International Labor Organization on coronavirus, the prime minister said that because of the pandemic and the lockdowns placed globally to combat it, the working class was the most impacted. “That’s what makes the summit so significant,” noted PM Imran.
Talking of the measures taken by the Pakistani government to curtail the spread of the virus and insure that the country’s labor force will not go hungry, the prime minister said, “We agreed that the government had to move cash to the informal portion of the workforce. We told the employers to retain those who were enrolled working. Yet we supported them all that weren’t, through the Ehsaas system.
“Never in the history of the world has there been so much capital distributed in a limited period to so many citizens,” he observed. “It has rescued us from the worst parts of the situation. In comparison to India where they placed a curfew that drove residents into deeper poverty.
The prime minister continued, “No one is sure about ending the coronavirus. We are both hoping that a vaccine will quickly come out for the virus but doubt prevails meanwhile.
“Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are the most afflicted by the epidemic, and they hire the bulk of laborers, which is why we need to come up with the concept of solving their problems,” he added. The Prime Minister, speaking of the overseas laborers, said a concerted policy is required to convince other countries to be compassionate to these laborers. “We need a specific policy for how we can ‘soften the burden’ for the world’s laborers,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said.
“We ‘d love to exchange things with the world; we ‘d love to see what those other countries do. Pakistan should keep the condition informed to other nations, and how we plan to move ahead, “he added. “I’m positive, the sharing of thoughts would help us solve our problems.”