Mr. Asad Omar inaugurates Mobile Utility Stores Service
Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar inaugurated the Mobile Utility Store Service (MUSS) here on Friday. Federal Minister Asad Umar said that government is committed to providing relief to vulnerable sections of society amid the corona pandemic. Due to the closure of markets and lockdown, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed to provide necessary food items to people at their door steps, he added. The MUSS would provide flour, sugar, rice, lentils and ghee at subsidised rates throughout the country. This service would be available throughout the Ramadan. Prime Minister has approved a special package of Rs50 billion for people, and government would ensure a smooth supply of essential items throughout the country. Federal Minister Asad Umar said that initially 8 vehicles have been designated for the rural areas of Islamabad. This service would be eventually extended to the entire country within two weeks. While commending the medical and paramedical professionals of the country, he also lauded the efforts of district administrations of the country for doing a commendable job.
While responding to a question about easing restrictions after 15th of April, Asad Umar said, the final decision would be made after consultation with the provinces and prime minister.
Federal minister was briefed about the efforts being made by the Utility Stores Corporation to ensure the uninterrupted and subsidised supply of essential items. Currently, there are 4,000 utility stores operating across the country. During the corona pandemic and difficulties being faced by the people, MUSS has been introduced to enhance the coverage of the Utility Stores. Public would be informed about the arrival of the Mobile Utility Store through loudspeakers and mosques.
MNA Raja Khurram, Managing Director Utility Stores Corporation, Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Islamabad were also present on the occasion.