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Friday, January 8, 2021 | Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the meeting on the Decision Support System for Inflation (DSSI) developed by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Also, briefed about the results of Special Survey on Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 and Decision Support System on Inflation.
The briefing was attended by Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Industry Minister Muhammad Hamad Azhar, Trade Adviser Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Special Excise Assistant Dr Waqar Masood and senior officials.
The Member Statistics Muhammad Sarwar Gondal apprised that a digital system for government decision making has been set up keeping in view the inflation rate. Under this system, the Bureau of Statistics collects data on essential commodities from districts across the country and compares them.
The meeting was informed that this system has been developed under the Prime Minister's Digital Pakistan Vision to enable timely decision making. The system will provide timely information on essential commodity prices to the National Price Monitoring Committee, federal ministries, provincial governments and district administrations, which will enable timely decision-making.
Appreciating the digital system, the Prime Minister said that it would help in monitoring the prices of essential commodities and evaluate the performance of the district administration. The Prime Minister said that this system would highlight the element of transparency in the decision making process.
The Prime Minister was also given a detailed briefing on the survey conducted on the social and economic impact of the Corona epidemic.
The meeting was informed that the survey collected data on employment, income, remittances, food, health and measures to deal with corona. According to the survey, more families were affected financially at the onset of the Corona epidemic. However, due to timely measures of the government and smart lockdown policy, this rate has been declining since July 2020.
The Prime Minister said that the government continued to focus on providing relief to the poor and working class during the Corona epidemic.
The Prime Minister said that the global economy was affected by the epidemic but with the help of God Almighty and timely action of the government, Pakistan overcame this difficult situation and the whole world appreciated our efforts.