Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the government to extend its mobile free-food program to feed the poorest members of society, particularly the labor class. On April 6, a news outlet reported this.

Primarily, the ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ (EKBNS) program ran truck kitchens in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to deliver free meals. According to the prime minister, the program will begin in Lahore, Faisalabad, and Peshawar before Ramadan.

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Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division, reported that two trucks currently serve the poor in the twin cities, each feeding up to 1,500 people daily. The trucks can be found at designated service locations and are fitted with clean cooking equipment so that healthy meals can be prepared.

The EKBNS program is run as a public-private partnership, with Pakistan Baitul Mal in charge of the truck kitchens and Saylani Welfare International Trust in charge of meal distribution. Besides, the Division of Poverty Alleviation and Society Safety has created a ‘Donor Coordination Committee’ to promote the initiative’s funding.

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