RAWALPINDI: A delegation of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) led by Nasir Mirza called on Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar.

Talking to the delegation, Federal Minister Asad Umar said that the government was pursuing a comprehensive policy to control the Covid -19. In cities where the number of vaccinated people is higher and the rate of Covid-19 cases is lower, the Covid restrictions will be gradually relaxed.

He said in Rawalpindi, more than 36 per cent of its eligible population had fully been vaccinated and 54pc had received at least one jab, whereas in Islamabad it 55pc had been fully vaccinated and 74pc partially.

Complaints regarding uploading of data at vaccination centres in Rawalpindi will be addressed.

The minister said that he will talk to the prime minister regarding early construction of industrial zones along Rawalpindi Ring Road. RCCI President Nasir Mirza briefed the Federal Minister on the ongoing activities of the Chamber.

He said that the Ring Road project was pending and work on it should be started immediately and industrial zones should be set up as per the master plan.

“Setting up industrial zones will accelerate trade activities and promote local industry,” he added.

He said that NCOC in controlling the Covid-19 spread and also lauded its efforts for the availability of vaccines across Pakistan.

He assured that the business community would extend full support to the government to make the vaccination campaign a success.

Published in Dawn, September 23rd, 2021

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