The package was approved in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Khan at the Prime Minister Office. According to Dawn, under the package the monthly stipend of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has been increased from Rs2,000 to Rs3,000.
It has also been learnt that not only the amount, but also the number of beneficiaries has been increased under the PM’s relief package. Presently, the total number of BISP beneficiaries is said to be 5.2 million. According to the PM Office, the overall economic situation of the country was discussed in the backdrop of the adverse impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The meeting reviewed different options for protecting the poor and low-income segments of society from the outbreak’s adverse impact on the economy.