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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government consistently remained focused on provision of relief to the poor and labour class during the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

He was chairing a briefing in Islamabad today (Friday) on decision making process and social and economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister said the pandemic adversely hit the global economy, but with the blessing of Almighty Allah and timely measures of the government, Pakistan successfully tackled this difficult situation and the entire world is acknowledging this.

The Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing on findings of a survey conducted to evaluate social and economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It was told that the data regarding employment, income, remittances, food, health and measures to face challenges of the Covid-19 has been collected in the survey.

It was said that in the beginning, more families were affected by the pandemic, but this ratio declined in July last year due to timely measures and smart lockdown policy of the government.

Member Pakistan Bureau of Statistics informed that the Bureau has evolved a digital system for timely decision-making and provision of real time data to price control committees, federal and provincial governments and district administrations regarding prices of essential items in the country.

Appreciating the system, evolved under Prime Minister's vision of Digital Pakistan, Imran Khan said the new system will help monitor prices of essential items and gauge performance of the district administration.

He said the system will also ensure transparency in the decision making process.