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Govt to provide ‘massive relief’ on four commodities soon: Fawad Chaudhry

Bill to curb fake news sent to cabinet: Fawad. (Source: Radio Pak)

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday announced that the PTI-led federal government would soon provide “massive relief’ on four commodities i.e. sugar, flour, ghee and pulses.

Taking to Twitter, the Information Minister asserted that the government will also provide relief on education and healthcare services. “After Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has also decided to start health cards in Punjab,” he added.

“Now every family in Punjab would be able to get health insurance up to Rs1 million every year,” Fawad said, adding that the process to distribute cards will start in December and conclude by March.

Calling the programme a “gamechanger”, Fawad said that this will ensure “best treatment” to everyone belonging to the poor and middle classes. He added that these cards will be accepted at all hospitals, including private, across Punjab.  

In another tweet, Fawad Chaudhry announced that a proposed law to curb fake news in Pakistan has been sent to the cabinet for approval.

The minister said that as he has been saying since 2018, Pakistan could not move forward unless there were political reforms. “Reforms concerning judiciary and media are also necessary,” Fawad added.

Last week, Fawad had said the “greatest challenge” being faced by modern media was the dissemination of false propaganda through fake news. “The phenomenon of fake news emerged after a revolution in information technology (IT) and an increase in the number of media platforms,” he had told a seminar.

The Minister had said the international community would have to prepare some rules to counter fake news and the aspect of responsibility would have to be added with freedom of expression.