Minister urges Pakistanis to chop down ‘chai’ consumption

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday urged the plenty to chop down the consumption of ‘chai’ amid a ballooning import invoice draining foreign exchange reserves.

“I attraction to the nation to chop down the consumption of tea by 1-2 cups as a result of we import tea on mortgage,” Iqbal stated, making a case for folks to undertake extra austere measures.

The planning minister stated the merchants’ neighborhood has additionally been requested to shut markets by 8:30pm to preserve power. He stated this can assist the nation lower the import invoice of petroleum merchandise.

The attraction from the senior minister got here after it emerged that the nation consumed tea price Rs83.88 billion within the fiscal yr 2021-22.

The federal finances doc for the outgoing fiscal yr confirmed that Pakistan imported Rs13 billion price of extra tea than the final fiscal yr.

Within the fiscal yr 2020-21, Rs70.82 billion was spent on the import of tea, NNI reported.

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