Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar inaugurated Rs.3.5 billion hamqadam program under Punjab Ehsaas Program on Friday.
He distributed registration certificates among special persons eligible for financial assistance and termed it a historic step.
Interest-free loans of Rs. 27 crores were being provided to 63500 special persons and a scheme of providing wheelchairs, hearing aids and the necessary equipment for such people was being started with Rs. 10 crores, he added.
The CM said special people are an important part of society. Due to the apathy of the previous government, special people faced socio-economic problems, he regretted.
Inclusion of special people in the national mainstream is very important and it is the priority of PTI-led government to ensure the economic stability of special persons, he said.
Concrete steps have been taken to provide equal opportunities for socio-economic development to special persons, he emphasised.
It was an honor to attend the hamqadam program as this event was organized for the welfare of special people who are special to all of us.
The Punjab government was actively working for the welfare of the poor and deprived sections of the economy, he added.
Under the Punjab Ehsaas Progr am, improvement in the living standards of the poor and provision of basic necessities of life is being ensured, he added.
Vice-Chairman Punjab Social Protection Authority Nasir Jamal Cheema briefed about hamqadam and other programs.
Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Syed Yawar Bukhari, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Musarrat Jamshed Cheema MPA, Sohail Zafar, Saleem Baryar, Chief Executive Officer Punjab Social Protection Authority, Secretary Information, DGPR and others were also present.