PM deploys historic social protection program

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that the social assistance projects launched by the government were aimed at providing maximum relief to the poor.

“We have launched social protection projects aimed at bringing maximum relief to the poor and making the country a true Islamic welfare state,” he said at the launching ceremony of the health microinsurance program. as part of the Kamyab Pakistan program at the Governor’s House.

Ignoring the advice of the Election Commission of Pakistan regarding his visit to Peshawar during the elections of local bodies, he expressed his determination to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state on the model of Riasat-e-Madina and according to the vision of Quaid-e- Azam.

Imran Khan said he never said to make Pakistan an Asian tiger or turn Lahore into Paris, adding that his goal was to make Pakistan a welfare state. Pakistan is the cheapest country in the world, he said, adding that inflation will come down after winter.

Appreciating the performance of the NCOC, the Prime Minister said the country has effectively tackled the coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc around the world, including India, adding that the pandemic has severely affected the global food chain and people. regional countries that have caused inflation, rising prices and rising oil, gas and food prices in Pakistan.

He said the government’s anti-corona policies saved people from hunger, famine and many precious lives in addition to preventing the economy from collapsing. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) started its political journey with a clear objective of making Pakistan a true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by our ancestors in the objective resolution. He said that when the PTI came to power in 2013 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, welfare-oriented programs such as health insurance projects were prioritized to benefit poor and low-income people.

Development plans, reform initiatives and the party’s dedicated leadership resulted in an unprecedented two-thirds majority of the PTI in the 2018 elections in the province, he added.

Referring to a UNDP report, the Prime Minister said that a significant reduction in poverty was observed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during 2013-18 due to the cautious policies of the PTI government. He said the PTI government had succeeded in improving governance, restoring law and order and boosting the morale of the police force who were at the forefront of the 2013 war on terror in the KP.

Although he led a coalition government between 2013 and 2018 in the KP, he said 30% health insurance had been provided to the population. He praised the KP government on Wednesday for extending free health insurance to 100 percent of the population.

Under the Kamyab Pakistan program, the micro health insurance would provide free medical services worth 1 million rupees per year to 7.5 million families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said a health insurance program would also be launched in the Punjab from January 1 and the entire population of the province would be covered within three months. The governments of Balochistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan also intend to launch this mega program, he added.

“Free health insurance cards have been a great boon to the poor and low income groups,” he said. He said free and universal health coverage at KP was unprecedented and such facilities were not available in developed countries.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government announced a landmark Ehsaas food subsidy program worth Rs 120 billion that would benefit more than 20 million households. Ehsaas’ ration rebate program will provide groceries to about 20 million families by covering 130 million people and offering them 30% off the purchase of essential food items, adding that about 53 % of the country’s total population would benefit. Families with a monthly income of less than Rs 50,000 are eligible for the Ehsaas Ration reduction program. The prime minister urged elected officials to visit their constituencies and educate residents and grocery store owners about the benefits and procedures for registering the Ehsaas ration program. The prime minister said another social assistance program was being launched benefiting around two million poor families, adding that interest-free loans of up to Rs5 lakh would be provided to each family, in addition to technical education and Rs2.7 million for building houses to live a prosperous and dignified life. life.

He said the heavy loans borrowed by previous governments have overwhelmed the country’s economy and added that most of the government-generated revenue was spent on paying interest on the loans.

The Prime Minister said that 6.3 million scholarships with an allocation of 47 billion rupees are awarded to merit students, adding that the data of students and scholarships is compiled by the Prime Minister’s office so that no deserving student cannot be private. He said 10 new dams will be built over the next 10 years to solve the problem of water scarcity and boost food production.

Registration for the Ehsaas Rashan Riayat program on the web portal opened on November 9, 2021. The portal has received up to 489.96 million visits. More than 7.70 million families have been registered to date.

He said Pakistan’s population was growing and the construction of new dams was vital to alleviate water scarcity and irrigate barren lands to meet food demand. The Billion Trees Project was a historic achievement of the PTI government and praised the KP government for planting billions of trees. He said reforms in industries were being introduced to boost exports.

He also distributed checks to imams of mosques in Jamia under the government’s financial aid program Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to students in the Ehsaas education program, and to poor women under the Kafalat program.

Previously, two videos prepared by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Poverty Reduction and Social Protection Division on the Prime Minister’s Ehsaas rationing program were also shown to educate the public on the main features. and registration procedures. In addition, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan met Prime Minister Imran Khan in Peshawar on Wednesday.

Administrative issues and the political situation in the province were discussed during the meeting. The Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain was also present on the occasion.

Joel C. Hicks